The best crumble is one that is fast. This best crumble recipe is prepared entirely in the food processor so you have fewer dishes to wash and less time spent preparing the crumble topping. Read on for the best crumble topping recipe!
Crumbles are like a crisp or cobbler, and this particular crumble recipe is crisper than some because of the quarter cup of ground nuts incorporated into it. If you have no nut allergies, the nuts add great flavor and a little crunch to make a crumble that’s close to a crisp. If you do have a nut allergy, this recipe is not for you. I also like the nuts for the nutrition they add.
You will need:
¼ cup walnuts and/or almonds – I used a mix of walnuts and almonds and like that combination a lot. Straight walnuts or almonds are also great.
6 tablespoons cold salted butter cut into chunks
¾ cup all purpose flour
¼ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
How To Make The Best Crumble Recipe
Butter an 8×8 dish for baking or cast iron skilled (8 inch across is what I use with 2 cups of fruit fill- see below) and preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
Add the nuts to the food processor and pulse till finely chopped or ground fine depending on your preference.
Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until incorporated; the crumble topping will be a bit like damp sand – clumped together in small, pea-sized pieces.
Add your fruit filling (see below for suggestions on fruit fill) to the baking dish (2 cups is the minimum, and I’ve done as much as 4 for a very fruit-heavy crumble) and top with the crumble topping.
Bake uncovered for 30 minutes or until the topping is golden and fruit is bubbling.
Best Crumble Filling
The way to make this fast crumble recipe even faster is to use home-canned pie filling. This Strawberry Rhubarb filling is my favorite for using with this crumble topping recipe. It’s not a true jam at all; it’s a loose filling that doesn’t have a ton of sugar. Try it!
I’ve also made this recipe with 1 cup homemade jam and 1 cup fresh fruit; 1 cup raspberry jam and 1 cup fresh raspberries.
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