Apple Blueberry Crumble

I made a crumble. There were apples in the house, and blueberries, and so it was an apple-blueberry crumble. Although I wouldn’t have sought them out, the two made a mighty swell pair.

This is how I make a crumble: stir a spoonful of flour into about a quarter or half cup of sugar and toss a bowlful of chopped fruit and berries with it (you don’t need much), and fill a baking dish with it.

Then blend flour, brown sugar and butter – maybe with some oats and/or sliced almonds and/or chopped walnuts – in the food processor to make it easy. The mixture should hold together when you squeeze it; the ratio is about 1 part butter to 2 parts sugar to 3 parts flour, give or take, plus a handful of oats and/or nuts if you’re so inclined. (Disregard W’s cookie dough scraps.)

I like a high crumble-to-fruit ratio. Keep in mind that it will all shrink down on itself, so you can really load on both the fruit and crumble. I squeeze it as I scatter it overtop, making big clumpy lumps.

I also like a shallow dish, which makes for more surface area. (Read: more crumble.)

Bake it until the juices start to bubble around the edges and the top is golden, like a big crumbly cookie. In summer, a fruit crumble topped with plain or vanilla yogurt makes a mighty fine breakfast. Just sayin’.


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20 comments on “Apple Blueberry Crumble

  1. Barb
    July 20, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Yum! The saskatoons are ripening as we speak. Perfect!

  2. Theresa
    July 21, 2012 at 5:54 am

    I over bought on peaches……. Browned butter bliss for dessert last night! Rave reviews! Thanks Julie!

  3. Sue/the view from great island
    July 21, 2012 at 11:01 am

    I love the blues and greens of this, and it’s a great idea for stretching that one pint of blueberries into a luscious dessert, thanks!

  4. Manon from Ontario
    July 22, 2012 at 10:32 am

    YUM, thanks Julie, have lots of blueberries and ripe apples…guess what I will be making tonight, just gonna sub the brown sugar for maple sugar :p

    Thanks for sharing.


  5. Laurie from Burnaby
    July 23, 2012 at 9:53 am

    I’m making a strawberry crumble tonight. This looks wonderful, too. I’ll have to do it

  6. Sandy
    July 23, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    We had this for dessert last night and it was very yummy! I didn’t have any Granny Smith apples, but it worked fine with Fuji’s. Will be making this often – thanks for another winner, Julie.

  7. Anna
    July 24, 2012 at 5:37 am

    This looks so beautiful! There really is no better breakfast than crumble. I made an utterly awful crumble tart for my family last week. I didn’t know this was possible but I somehow managed it! I’m going to try this out tomorrow – apples are plentiful in Australia at the moment as its winter and we’ve been buying up frozen berries in bulk. Thanks Julie.

  8. Anita
    August 2, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Thanks, Julie! I was a little skeptical given that I don’t have much experience with fruit crumbles but this turned out great. The only problem was there were no leftovers for breakfast the next morning:)

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