I’m usually one to break rules when it comes to when to serve what in a specific season. I will make a warm fruit crumble in the Winter and a warm fruit crumble in the Summer. Well? Why not? It doesn’t matter to me as long as it combines fresh fruit, oats, brown sugar and a big ol’ scoop of ice cream to top off the deliciousness on the plate. My family hosted an outdoor bbq last weekend and I was on the dessert team. In fact, I think I was the only one on the team being stuck for time, I pulled out my favorite crumble recipe and went to town.
Blueberries are a staple in my life and when they are fresh, local and ON SALE by the bucket, I stock up. So much so, that I literally have trays and trays of frozen blueberries that I keep in the freezer for the months when I long for Summer again. My standard recipe for this fruit crumble contains, peaches, apples, blues and sometimes other fruit that I have hanging around in the fridge. This is is one of the best things about this crumble – it really doesn’t matter what’s below the crust because the crust is the BEST PART. It tastes like a giant oatmeal cookie laden with the sweet taste of brown sugar and cinnamon. Maybe next time I will just make the topping and forget about the fruit.
The other thing about this crumble is that you can make it in a flash. If you are having a last minute dinner guest or just in a hurry to GET OUT THE DOOR, this is one of the quickest desserts to make and bring. Your host will love you for it. Have them warm it up before serving and their home will smell as wonderful as this crumble tastes.
- • 6 cups of fresh fruit & berries, sliced - I use a combo of peaches, apples, apricots, pear and blueberries OR 6 - 7 large apples and just forget that fruit combo above
- 6 tsps sugar
- 1½ tsps cinnamon
- 1½ cups quick-cooking rolled oats
- ¾ cup flour
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- ¾ cup (1¼ sticks) unsalted butter, melted
- optional chopped nuts, raisins or dried cranberries
- Coat your 9 x 9 casserole dish with cooking spray before dumping in the fruit.
- Combine fruit and berries in a bowl or if just using apples place them in the bowl
- Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.
- For the topping,
- melt butter and combine with rolled oats and sugar. You can add in your optional nuts, raisin or dried cranberries at this point.
- sprinkle over fruit mixture and pat down with your hands.
- Bake at 350°F for 40 to 45 minutes until mixture is bubbling, fruit is fork tender and the topping is nicely browned and crunchy.
- Super yummy served warm with ice cream.