Strawberry Apple Crumble

Strawberry apple crumble

Strawberries and apples bake up into a special and warm treat.

Rustic in appearance and humble in name, the crumble–which sounds like an accident–wins top prizes as a dessert with delicious simplicity. I unequivocally adore this combination of tangy and sweet baked fruit with a buttery crisp topping. It’s even more amazing with a dollop of melty ice cream on top–or maybe even for breakfast the next day, with a spoonful or two of thick Greek yogurt. And this recipe is so fast and simple–I baked it up amidst the zaniness of dinner preparation in our household–so that it baked up easily while we ate, and made for a perfectly timed dessert.

Piece of strawberry apple crumble

This tangy and sweet fruit dessert is delicious on a hot day--don't forget the ice cream. (says the girl with no ice cream!)

A tiny bit ridiculously indulgent for a weekday–this dessert is definitely worthy of a dinner party. I had planned to make this dish first with rhubarb, thinking that surely we’d have some rhubarb on hand this weekend. But alas, I haven’t come across any yet–but, having a large bag of apples in the fridge, I didn’t want to let the strawberries pass by, so decided to put the two together. And really, the combo of apples + strawberries is just so darn good, too. I also amped up the crumble topping a little bit by adding in some spoonfuls of sliced almonds, because for some reason I have a really hard time having oats without some kind of nut in there.

Strawberry Apple Crumble

Adding almonds to the buttery, oaty topping made for some extra nuttiness.

I can’t wait to keep making this crumble all spring and summer long, with different seasonal fruit combinations. Did I mention we’ll be having this for breakfast? Hey, it’s got fruit, oats, and nuts. That makes it a health food, right? I say it’s a brilliant idea. Go for it!

Strawberry Apple Crumble
Recipe Type: dessert
Author: Food Network*
Prep time: 25 mins
Cook time: 40 mins
Total time: 1 hour 5 mins
Serves: 9, generously
This classic dessert combines the sweet tanginess of baked fruit with a buttery, crunchy topping. Heaven on my plate.
Ingredients
  • Fruit mix:
  • 5 cups sliced, peeled apples
  • 2.5 cup quartered strawberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp white flour
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice (or yield of one lemon)
  • zest of one lemon
  • Topping:
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 old-fashioned oats
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 6 tbsp chilled butter, diced
  • 2 tbsp sliced almonds
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Lightly spray a 9 x 13 baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix your apples and strawberries. Toss with the white sugar, 2 tbsp flour, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Spread in bottom of baking dish.
  3. In a medium bowl (actually, I just used the same bowl as above; just cleaned it first), stir together the flour, oats, brown sugar, and salt. Add your cubed butter and cut in until you make a coarse, mealy texture. Mix in the sliced almonds.
  4. Spread crumble topping over the fruit base. Bake, uncovered, for about 40 min, or until top is golden and fruit mixture is bubbling.
  5. Let stand for about an hour after it comes out of the oven to let it set.
Serving size: 1 of 9; 170g g: Calories: 315 Fat: 10g Carbohydrates: 56g Fiber: 4g Protein: 4g
Notes

Make sure to use apples that are good for baking. I used Ida-reds.

*link to Food Network recipe

Comments

  1. I love crumbles–they’re, like, the epitome of simple comfort food. And I kind of like that you didn’t find rhubarb because adding apples sounds much better to me! :D

    • Thanks, Kiersten! If we roll with the punches, I think improvising generally works out pretty well. That’s what I’m always telling myself, anyway. :)

  2. Crumbles are so cozy. And I love that you can play around with the fruit combinations.

    • Cozy–yes. And my daughters love the sweet baked fruit. I am definitely having a crumble appreciation week.

  3. This looks divine. There’s nothing like fresh fruit that’s in-season. Especially strawberries! Mmmmm….

  4. Christine says:

    There are fresh strawberries already in NS? Jealous!

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