Austin's Famous Crumble
This may be my favorite dessert to make and it certainly is a crowd pleaser (at least I'm told). It has been my go-to easy dessert and it's nice that you can make it any time of year. A hint...I always add more butter and sugar! In our opinion, it's best served over a scoop of Graeter's Madagascar bourbon vanilla ice cream.
Cook Time: 45 min - 1 hour
Oven Preheat: 350 degrees
Equipment: mixing bowls, pie dish or casserole dish, spatula, knife, big spoon, zester, measuring cups, cutting board
- 4 lbs. of fruit of your choice or enough to fill the pan you are using
- 2 tablespoons of orange juice (freshly squeezed), 2 teaspoons orange zest
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1/4 cup of flour
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
- 1 1/4 cup of flour
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1/2 cup of light brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 3/4 cup of old fashioned oats
- 1 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter, cold (European butter like Kerrygold or Plugra is best)
I start with the filling but either order works to be honest. Now again, this Crumble can be made with whatever fruit you choose or like best. We love combinations such as Strawberry & Blueberry, but pairings like Pear & Apple, Raspberry & Blackberry, Strawberry & Rhubarb, Raspberry & Peach are all solid choices.
- Clean and slice all of the fruit filling trying to make the proportions as even as possible. Place in a large mixing bowl.
- Squeeze the orange juice and grate the zest over the top of the fruit. Add sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg. With a large spoon mix together all ingredients so that the fruit is evenly coated with the sugar and spice mixture. It should have a paste like consistency.
- Pour the mixture into an already buttered baking dish (I prefer either a large pie dish or a souffle pan). You can also use individual ramekins so that everyone has their own!
- Take the cold butter and cut it into small cubes. Add the butter to a large mixing bowl and combine with flour, white and brown sugar, salt, and oats. For the topping I prefer to use my hands as a spoon almost always gets stuck and a mixer blends it too smoothly. Knead the mixture until it becomes a uniform color and forms a pea size consistency. Don't over mix!
- Spread the crumble over the fruit mixture covering the entirety of the pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 min or until the topping is golden brown and the fruit mixture begins to bubble through. Serve with your favorite ice cream and whip cream and ENJOY!