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Deliciously Irresistible Fruit Crumble Recipe: A Perfect Dessert for All Seasons

Indulge your taste buds with our deliciously irresistible fruit crumble recipe. This dessert is a delightful treat for every season, and it will have you coming back for seconds (or thirds!).  This recipe appears in our cookbook “Cooking for One – Not an Army” along with other delicious recipes. It’s made for one, but you can easily double (or triple) this recipe for company or leftovers! If you didn’t get a copy yet, our book is on Amazon right here!

Imagine biting into a warm, buttery crust that crumbles delicately under your fork, revealing a luscious filling of sweet and tangy fruits. The combination of textures and flavors creates a heavenly experience that is guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Our fruit crumble recipe is versatile and can be customized to suit your preferences. Whether you prefer classic apple crumble, berry medleys, or tropical fruits, this recipe has got you covered. Feel free to experiment with different fruit combinations to create your own unique twist on this timeless dessert.

Not only is our fruit crumble delicious, but it’s also easy to make. With just a few simple ingredients and a little bit of time, you can whip up a dessert that will impress your family and friends.

Whether you serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream, this dessert is sure to please!

Essential Ingredients

Creating a delectable fruit crumble begins with selecting the right ingredients. The key components of a fruit crumble include fresh fruits, a buttery crumble topping, and a touch of sweetness to bring it all together. When choosing fruits for your crumble, opt for ripe, in-season produce for the best flavor. Apples, berries, peaches, and plums are all popular choices for fruit crumbles, but feel free to experiment with different combinations to suit your taste.

For the crumble topping, you will need a mixture of flour, oats, butter, sugar, and spices. The flour and oats provide a hearty base for the topping, while the butter adds richness and helps create a crumbly texture. Sugar is essential for adding sweetness to the topping.  Spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and/or ginger can be used to enhance the flavor profile of the crumble. Whether you prefer a traditional oat crumble or a nutty almond topping, the key is to achieve a balance of textures and flavors that complement the fruit filling.

To bring the fruit crumble together, a binding agent such as lemon juice or cornstarch should be used to thicken the fruit filling and prevent it from becoming too runny. A touch of sugar can also be added to the fruit filling to enhance the natural sweetness of the fruits. By combining these essential ingredients in the right proportions, you can create a delicious fruit crumble that is sure to impress.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of fresh frozen (thawed), or canned (drained) fruit or berry, diced
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon flour
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Pinch of allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

Topping Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3 tablespoons old fashioned oats
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter softened

Step-by-Step Instructions

Making a fruit crumble is a simple and results in a fantastic dessert. Follow these step-by-step instructions to create a delicious fruit crumble that will have everyone coming back for seconds.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C).
  2. Combine the fruit or berries, sugar, flour, cinnamon, allspice, and vanilla in a small bowl.
  3. Transfer the fruit or berries to a small baking dish (5×5 or 4×6).  We use these ramekins.
  4. Whisk the flour, oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Blend in the butter with a fork until crumbly.
  5. Sprinkle the topping over the fruit or berries.
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until apples are soft and the topping is golden. Enjoy warm or cold.

By following these simple steps, you will create a mouthwatering fruit crumble.

Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Fruit Crumble Recipe

Creating the perfect fruit crumble is as much an art as it is a science. Here are some tips and tricks to help you elevate your fruit crumble game and achieve dessert perfection.

  • Choose the Right Fruits: Select ripe, in-season fruits for the best flavor and texture in your crumble. Avoid using overly ripe or mushy fruits, as they can make the filling too watery.  Also, fruits lose their flavor if overripe.
  • Balance the Sweetness: Taste your fruit filling before assembling the crumble and adjust the sweetness as needed. You can add more sugar or a touch of honey to enhance the natural sweetness of the fruits.  Consider using maple syrup as a sweetener.
  • Don’t Overmix the Crumble Topping: Mix the crumble topping ingredients until just combined. Overmixing will result in a dense and tough topping rather than a light and crumbly one.
  • Add Texture with Nuts or Seeds: For added crunch and flavor, consider incorporating chopped nuts or seeds into your crumble topping. Almonds, pecans, or pumpkin seeds add a delightful textural contrast.
  • Experiment with Spices: Don’t be afraid to get creative with your spice blends. Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cardamom, and even a pinch of black pepper can all add depth and complexity to your fruit crumble.
  • Serve at the Right Temperature: Fruit crumbles are best enjoyed warm.  So be sure to serve them fresh out of the oven or reheat them gently before serving. The contrast between the warm fruit filling and cold ice cream or cream is a key element of the dessert experience.

By following these tips and tricks, your fruit crumble will go to the next level and create a dessert that is truly unforgettable.

Variations and Substitutions for Fruit Crumble Recipes

One of the beauties of fruit crumbles is their adaptability to different tastes and dietary preferences. Here are some variations and substitutions you can try to customize your fruit crumble recipe.

  • Gluten-Free Crumble: For a gluten-free option, use a blend of gluten-free flour and certified gluten-free oats in the crumble topping.  You may also substitute almond flour or ground nuts for a nutty alternative.
  • Vegan Crumble: To make a vegan fruit crumble, use plant-based butter or coconut oil in place of dairy butter. You can also replace the sugar with maple syrup or coconut sugar for a natural sweetener.
  • Low-Sugar Crumble: If you prefer a lower sugar option, reduce the amount of sugar in both the fruit filling and the crumble topping. Use natural sweeteners like honey or agave nectar to sweeten the crumble.
  • Nut-Free Crumble: For a nut-free version, omit nuts from the crumble topping and use a combination of oats and seeds for added texture. Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, or sesame seeds all work well in place of nuts.
  • Mixed Berry Crumble: Mix up the classic apple crumble by using a combination of berries such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. The medley of flavors and colors will create a vibrant and delicious dessert.
  • Tropical Fruit Crumble: For a taste of the tropics, use exotic fruits like mangoes, pineapples, and passion fruit in your crumble. The sweet and tangy flavors of tropical fruits pair beautifully with the buttery crumble topping.

By exploring these variations and substitutions, your fruit crumble will be tailored to your taste preferences and dietary needs.

Serving Suggestions and Accompaniments for Fruit Crumble

While a crumble is delicious on its own, there are many ways to enhance the dessert experience with creative serving suggestions and accompaniments.

  • Ice Cream: A classic pairing for fruit crumble is a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The cold, creamy ice cream melts into the warm crumble creating a decadent and indulgent treat.
  • Whipped Cream: For a lighter option, serve your fruit crumble with a dollop of freshly whipped cream. The airy texture of the whipped cream adds a delightful contrast to the rich crumble topping.
  • Custard: For a British twist, serve your fruit crumble with a generous pour of warm custard. The silky smooth custard complements the crumble perfectly and adds a comforting touch to the dessert.
  • Yogurt: For a healthier alternative, top your fruit crumble with a spoonful of Greek yogurt or coconut yogurt. The tangy yogurt balances the sweetness of the crumble and adds a creamy element to the dish.
  • Caramel Sauce: Drizzle warm caramel sauce over your fruit crumble for an extra indulgent touch. The rich, buttery caramel enhances the flavors of the fruit and adds a decadent finish to the dessert.
  • Fresh Herbs: Garnish your fruit crumble with fresh herbs such as mint, basil, or thyme for a pop of color and flavor. The aromatic herbs add a refreshing and unexpected twist to the classic dessert.

By experimenting with different serving suggestions and accompaniments, you will elevate your fruit crumble into a show-stopping dessert that will dazzle your taste buds.

Health Benefits of Fruit Crumble

While fruit crumble is undoubtedly a delicious treat, it also offers some surprising health benefits when enjoyed in moderation.

  • Nutrient-Rich Fruits: The fruit filling in a crumble is packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are beneficial for overall health. Fruits like apples, berries, and peaches are rich in fiber which aid digestion and promote gut health.
  • Whole Grains in the Crumble Topping: Oats and whole grain flours used in the crumble topping provide a good source of fiber and complex carbohydrates. These nutrients help regulate blood sugar levels and keep you feeling full and satisfied.
  • Heart-Healthy Fats: The butter or coconut oil in the crumble topping contains healthy fats that are important for brain function and heart health. When consumed in moderation, these fats are part of a balanced diet.
  • Lower Sugar Options: By using natural sweeteners and reducing the amount of sugar in the crumble, you’ll enjoy a dessert that is lower in added sugars. This is beneficial for those looking to manage their sugar intake.
  • Mood-Boosting Properties: Indulging in a delicious fruit crumble brings a sense of comfort and happiness.  The act of baking and sharing a fruit crumble also fosters connections and positive emotions.
  • Portion Control: By serving fruit crumble in individual ramekins or portioning out servings, you practice portion control and enjoy the dessert without overindulging. This will help prevent excessive calorie intake while still satisfying your sweet tooth.

When enjoyed as part of a balanced diet and active lifestyle, fruit crumble is a wholesome and enjoyable dessert choice that offers both flavor and nutrition.

FAQ About Crumbles

Q: Can I make fruit crumble ahead of time?

A: Yes, you can assemble the fruit crumble ahead of time and refrigerate it until ready to bake. This makes it a super convenient dessert option.

Q: Can I freeze my crumble?

A: Fruit crumble can be frozen after baking.  However, the texture of the topping may change slightly upon thawing. To reheat frozen crumble, bake it in the oven until warmed through.

Q: Can I use frozen fruits for fruit crumble?

A: Frozen fruits can be used in fruit crumble.  They may release more liquid during baking. Therefore, it is best to thaw and drain the fruits before assembling the crumble to prevent excess moisture.

Q: How can I prevent the crumble topping from becoming soggy?

A: To avoid a soggy topping, make sure the fruit filling is not overly wet and bake the crumble at a high temperature to crisp up the topping.

Q: Can I make a savory crumble instead of a sweet one?

A: Yes, savory crumbles made with vegetables, herbs, and cheese are a delicious alternative to sweet fruit crumbles. Experiment with different flavor combinations for a savory twist.

Q: What is the best way to reheat leftover fruit crumble?

A: To reheat leftover fruit crumble, place it in a preheated oven until warmed through. This will help revive the crispness of the topping and ensure the dessert is enjoyable.

Why We Love Crumbles

A deliciously irresistible crumble is a perfect dessert for all seasons. Whether you’re savoring a warm apple crumble on a chilly winter evening or enjoying a vibrant berry crumble in the heat of summer, this timeless dessert never fails to delight. With its simple yet versatile nature, fruit crumble offers endless possibilities for customization and creativity.

By following the essential ingredients, step-by-step instructions, tips and tricks, variations, and serving suggestions outlined in this post, you will create a fruit crumble that is sure to impress your family and friends. Embrace the health benefits of the nutrient-rich fruits and whole grains in the crumble while indulging in the heartwarming flavors and textures of this comforting dessert.  And they are always delicious!

Make A Menu Ideas

Because crumbles are on the lighter side of desserts, pairing it with a heavier meal makes sense.  Try our Beef and Black Bean Chili or Kung Pao Chicken as a main.  If you want to keep your entire menu light, we recommend Spinach and Mushroom Onion Quiche or Greek Chicken.  And if you want dessert options for your menu, you won’t go wrong with Chocolate Lava Cake!

So why wait? Make a menu plan now!  Invite your favorite friends.  Gather some fruits, whip up a buttery crumble topping, and let the aroma of a freshly baked fruit crumble fill your kitchen. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or a novice in the kitchen, making a fruit crumble is a rewarding experience that will have you coming back for more. Treat yourself to a slice of heaven with a delicious fruit crumble today!

Fruit Crumble Recipe

Oats, flour, brown sugar, and fragrant spices are the perfect topping for any fresh, frozen, or canned fruit.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1 people

Ingredients
  

Filling Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of fresh frozen (thawed), or canned (drained) fruit or berry, diced
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon flour
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Pinch of allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

Topping Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3 tablespoons old fashioned oats
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter softened

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C).
  • Combine the fruit or berries, sugar, flour, cinnamon, allspice, and vanilla in a small bowl.
  • Transfer the fruit or berries to a small baking dish (5x5 or 4x6).
  • Whisk the flour, oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Blend in the butter with a fork until crumbly.
  • Sprinkle the topping over the fruit or berries.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes or until apples are soft and the topping is golden. Enjoy warm or cold.

Notes

NOTE: Crumble is a perfect dish to experiment with combinations of berries and/or fruits.
This recipe is in our cookbook, “Cooking for One – Not an Army,” along with other favorite recipes. It’s made for one, but you can easily double this recipe for company or leftovers! If you didn’t get a copy yet, our book is on Amazon right here!
NUTRITION:
Serving: 1serving | Calories: 573kcal | Carbohydrates: 92g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 190mg | Potassium: 325mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 54g | Vitamin A: 798IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 2mg
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
Keyword cooking for one, dessert, fruit
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