Summer Fruit Crumble Recipe

July, 2015 · By Coryanne Ettiene

It has to be said, who ever invited the humble crumble is my hero.  I mean seriously, what’s not to love about a pudding where you can reach in to your fridge, grab all of your over ripe fruit and turn it into something brilliant in seconds?  This summer fruit crumble recipe is just that…  I had a shelf of summer fruit that was nearing the end, a whole lot of butter just begging me to use it and a pantry full of flour that was sitting there taking up space.  Not to mention a jar of the most amazing sugar that a friend sent me from her family sugar plantation in Louisiana.  Sugar, fruit, butter, flour….  mix, bake, serve. It’s that simple.

Summer fruit crumble by Coryanne Ettiene

Having an English husband means that almost every meal we make has an English twist, this summer fruit crumble recipe is no different.  Unlike an American crumble topping, it is dense, buttery, and crisp on top rather than a full body crunchy crumble that you often see in America.  That means that the under crust soaks up all the too good to resist fruit juices, and the top stays golden brown and crumbly; giving you a rich sweet flavor, moist and crumbly in every spoon full.  Served with a dollop of lightly whipped cream, you will be saying “God Save the Queen” the moment you take that first bite.

Summer Crumble by Coryanne Ettiene

The perfect fruit crumble topping should feel like wet sand and  doesn’t stick to your fingers or the bowl.  It is light, damp and grainy.  A melody of cold butter, golden sugar and flour mixed by hand and delicately poured onto of a bowl full of your favorite fruits.  Or you can save yourself time and add all of them to a mixer, blitz them in seconds and then presto… instant crumble topping.  I love making this by hand, there is something so therapeutic about pinching the ingredients together, but sometimes you just want a crumble and you want it now.  The result either by hand or in the mixer is the same.

Because every crumble dish is different, keep it simple by remembering that you need equal amounts of sugar and butter, and double the amount of all purpose flour. For example:

  • 1 cup of  cold butter
  • 1 cup of  granulated sugar, plus more to sprinkle across the top before baking
  • 2 cups of all purpose flour

For this crumble, we literally emptied the fridge: 2 Apples, cored and thinly sliced and soften on the stove for 2 minutes on medium heat with a knob of butter, 1 cup of strawberries chopped, 1 cup of blackberries, 1 cup of blue berries.  We layered them into an oven safe bowl, sprinkled the fruit with sugar, then topped with the crumble.  Baked at 375F until the top became golden brown.  Happy baking!


Summer Crumble Recipe by Coryanne Ettiene

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