How to make Crumble – Easy Crumble Recipe,
Crumble is a really simple and versatile pudding. Often baked in our house as a quick and easy dessert after Sunday lunch. Use with your choice of fruit, the traditional favourite’s being apple crumble, blackberry crumble, rhubarb crumble or raspberry crumble.
Easy Crumble Topping Recipe
All you need for a basic crumble topping to serve 4 – 6 people are the following ingredients:
- 6oz (150g) plain flour
- 2 oz (50g) butter (at room temperature)
- 3oz (75g) soft brown sugar (you can use normal white granulated sugar if you don’t have access to brown sugar)
- Pre-heat the oven to 180°C / 350°F / Gas Mark 4
- Place the flour in a large mixing bowl and gently rub in the butter using your fingertips
- When it looks crumbly and the fat has been rubbed in evenly, stir in the sugar
- Sprinkle the crumble mixture over the fruit of your choice in a heatproof bowl
- Use a fork to gently spread the topping so it’s evenly distributed over the fruit (but don’t press down)
- Cook on a high shelf in the oven for 30 – 40 minutes or until light brown
Alternatives to the basic crumble topping:
- Substitute 3oz of the flour with 3oz of rolled oats or,
- For a nutty crumble topping reduce the flour to 5oz and add 2oz chopped nuts
If you want a really quick and easy dessert, you can use a tin of pie filling eg. blackberry and apple filling. Simply pour this into a heatproof bowl and add your crumble topping as directed above.
Simply slice a couple of large bramley apples into a heatproof bowl and sprinkle with approx 3 tablespoons of sugar (do not add any water as the apples will break down and generate plenty of liquid). Then add your crumble topping and bake as directed above. Alternatively add 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon to your crumble topping before pouring it onto your apples to add a lovely hint of cinnamon.
Peel 3 medium sticks of rhubarb and chop it into chunks. Place into your heatproof bowl and sprinkle with approx 3 tablespoons of sugar (you can add more if you have a sweeter tooth!). You don’t need to add any water as the rhubarb will break down and generate plenty of liquid. Sprinkle with the crumble topping and bake as directed above. If you prefer, sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger over your rhubarb before adding the crumble topping.
Blackberry Crumble / Raspberry Crumble
Place 1lb blackberries or raspberries into a heatproof bowl and sprinkle with approx 3 tablespoons sugar (or to taste). Add the crumble topping and bake as directed above. If you prefer blackberry and apple crumble, you can reduce the blackberries by a half and add a large sliced or chopped bramley apple.
Serve your crumble hot with lashings of custard or double cream. Enjoy!