Crumbles never get boring because they are so versatile and to mix things up even more here are five variations of crumble for you!
I can feel the tension growing as moving day is coming closer and closer. There are still a couple of days left and I have started to go through my stuff with the goal to minimize my belongings. MINIMIZE? I already know that’s not gonna happen because I am a collector of unnecessary and no more needed things. Actually, I love that sense of delight, the satisfying feeling to close a box and get rid off it. My last move had been only a year ago and I still remember the movers standing in my kitchen and shaking his head about my vase collection. Not that I would need all of them, I like to put my flowers in a ball jar. I read about the psychological trick to put things like that in a box, store the box in the attic and throw it away if not opened in between one year. Didn’t work out for me! It had been more like Christmas to look in the box and find all the things I haven’t thought of since so long…
But I managed to put aside some old shoes and a useless 2 in 1 sandwich-waffle maker. This damn thing messed up my kitchen every time and the waffles came out bad. I headed (very proud of myself) to the thrift shop before I would be able to change my mind.
This place is run by volunteers, mainly retired ladies and as I reached the parking lot I saw there was a crowd in front of the thrift shop. A table was covered with homemade cakes and pies, a cake sale for charity. You might think I am weird but the first thing that came to my mind is that I would love to have their recipes. These ladies are making pies for a long time and I am sure not to find their experience in a cookbook. But I left my stuff at the place for donations and didn’t go over, I promised myself not to go there because I would drive home with some more vase.
My craving for pie let me think about the mango which is getting very ripe on my counter and the strawberries, and blueberries in my refrigerator. Soon I was making five variations of crumble I guess at the end I better have a crumble in my oven than no pie at all.
five variations of crumble
A crumble is easier to prepare, faster to make and bake. There are many names for it: crisp, cobbler, grunt, brown betty etc. They are all the same and at the same time different, for example, some are topped with crumbles or streusel or covered with biscuit-like dough but the short ingredient list is what they all have in common. I grew up with crumble and have a lot of experience in crumble eating.
- or the topping:
- 80 g / ⅓ cup unsalted butter at room temperature
- 90 g / 1 cup old-fashioned (rolled) oats
- 50 g / ½ cup whole wheat flour
- 90 g / ½ cup brown sugar
- about 1 handful of chopped almonds etc. (see below)
- or 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- for the filling:
- about 2 cups prepared fruits of your choice (see below)
- juice of 1 lemon
- Preheat your oven to 200 C / 400 F.
- Put the butter, oats, flour, sugar, and almonds in a medium bowl and knead and rub the butter with your hands until everything is well combined and crumbly.
- Toss the fruit with the lemon juice and place in your baking dish. Sprinkle the topping over the fruits and bake for 20-25 minutes. Let cool for 10-15 minutes and enjoy with ice cream or whipped cream.
actually, these are 25 variations because you can mix and match as you like
strawberries and banana
add crumbled amaretti cookies to the topping
add chopped (roasted) almonds to the topping
apple and dried cranberries or raisins
add ground cinnamon to the topping
strawberries and mango
add unsweetened coconuts to the topping
add white chocolate chunks or chips to the topping