I never measure anything when I make this crumble and it always comes out delicious. This is a great dish for experimentation!
The first step is to make the fruit filling. This time I started with two apples chopped up and about a cup of blueberries, frozen from earlier this summer when they were delivered fresh in my CSA box. Fresh or frozen, use whatever fruit you have on hand. I’ve used peaches, figs, apples, berries, pears, and cranberries individually and in various combinations with great success.
Sweeten and spice to taste. I generally use honey, stirring it in and tasting the sticky fruit mixture until it is to my liking. My mom preferred turbinado sugar for this year’s Thanksgiving version—use whatever you like!
Apples, pears, and cranberries pair well with allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves to make for a wonderful Christmassy flavor. I usually use minimal spice for the summery fruits.
This time I added honey and cinnamon to the apples and blueberries, then dumped in half a jar of blueberry basil jam. A unique flavor pairing, but oh so good...
Here’s the basic outline for the crumble topping, but this bit is also very flexible. I use whatever flour, nuts, etc that I have and I’ve never had a failed crumble.
2 T turbinado sugar (or other sweetener, liquid or granulated)
1/4 c shortening, coconut oil, or butter (cold)
1/4 c almond flour (or other flour)
3/4 c quick oats
1 egg or enough cold milk to get the mixture to clump together
dash of salt
other additives: shredded coconut, chopped or slivered nuts
The filling and topping may be made in advance and stored, or assembled and refrigerated, or assembled and baked right away.
To assemble, pour the fruit mixture into a baking dish. About two cups fits in a 9-inch pie pan nicely. Then crumble the topping over that. You’ll need about a cup of topping for the pie pan. Bake at 350F for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm or cold as a breakfast or dessert.
Good doesn’t have to be complicated, and healthy doesn’t have to take forever. If you find yourself coming up short on time or frazzled, try this recipe over the holidays! Do you have any sinfully easy or forgiving treats your family enjoys? Share it with us below!