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Speedy Berry Crumble Recipe

Ryan has been an online writer for over a decade and loves to share and educate.

A great way to enjoy a successful Summer is to make the most of its edible offerings. Particularly, those seasonal fruits will go down well when thrown together in a dessert like a fruit crumble. It's a really fast and simple way to enjoy most fruits during Summertime. Just take your fruit of choice and combine them with sugar; top them with streusel (crumbly dough mix); and pop them into an oven for more than half an hour. Voila!

In this recipe, I have for you the means to make a Berry Crumble for the occasion. These fruits won't require cooking--just toss and sit with sugar vanilla and citrus to macerate. The same goes for the topping as the ingredients can be rubbed together to form it. Again, really fast and simple to make. Oh, and above all, it's also quite delicious.

Is a Fruit Crumble a healthy dessert?

Of course, fruit crumble is a healthy dessert for you. In fact, it's among the healthiest desserts to come by and it's mainly because of the fruit. Whether it's an apple, stone fruit, berries, tropical, or a combination of two or more, these desserts can help you stay fit despite the calories. No diet should ever exclude fruit given the benefits of the nutrients. Fruit like apples and blueberries, for example, provide fiber, Vitamin C, and antioxidants.

Besides the fruit, brown sugar provides its own wealth of nutrients for your body's everyday needs. This is because, unlike white sugar, brown sugar also contains molasses which gives it the brown color. It contains minerals including potassium, iron, and calcium, though in small amounts. Still, brown sugar is preferred over white sugar in some recipes. However, you should still be careful how you consume all sugars given some conditions and health risks like diabetes and obesity.

Tips

  • Get the ratio right - The formula for a good crumble demands that the flour, butter, and sugar are mixed together in a 2:1:1 ratio. For some people, a recipe like this isn't complete without oats, though it wouldn't be a crumble but a crisp at that point. That's ok as long as they can adjust it by substituting for some of the flour (usually, almost half of it).
  • Add some citrus - The acidic properties will add a swift kick to the flavor. Just add a few drops of juice from a lemon or orange to the fruit before tossing and you're good. You can also add zest.
  • Macerate the berries - After tossing the berries in the sugar, just let them sit there for a few minutes before panning. Since the sugar is hygroscopic (it can attract moisture to it), this gives it some time to collect some juices which in turn will dissolve the sugar to create a sauce. This is called macerating and is common with most desserts that call on fresh fruit as filling. A good time for a fast dessert like this is 10 minutes if not more.
  • Serve with ice cream - Why serve one dish for dessert when you can serve two? Crumble happens to be one of those desserts that go down well with compliments that happen to be other desserts. The most popular one to serve is ice cream. just plate a scoop of the frozen dessert next to the crumble and voila!
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Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

40 min

55 min

6

Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

For the fruit filling:

  • 6 cups berries of choice, seeded, hulled and quartered
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons cornstarch

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease an 8-inch baking dish or cast-iron skillet with butter.
  2. Toss the fruit, white sugar, lemon juice, and cornstarch together in a bowl and let it sit for 10 minutes to collect the juices. Afterward, pour the finished fruit filling into the greased baking dish and spread to cover.
  3. Sift the flour, baking powder, and allspice together over another bowl. Add the butter, brown sugar, and lemon zest and rub everything together using a fork or fingers until a crumbly mixture forms.
  4. Sprinkle the crumbling mixture over the fruit filling, covering it completely and evenly.
  5. Place the baking dish into the oven ad bake for 35 to 40 minutes until the topping turns golden brown. Remove from the oven to cool for 5 minutes and serve with a scoop of ice cream on the top or at the side of each portion.

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