blueberry crumble recipe

Three Fruit Crumble

Three Fruit Crumble

Three Fruit Crumble

This time of year I am always looking to empty my freezer out a little. I find it also helps me to be more creative. For a recent dinner with friends I needed a dessert. I decided to make some sort of fruit crumble/ cobbler thing. I thought it would go well with the meal we were having. Plus, when it’s cold outside fruit desserts always make me think about summer. I decided the first three fruits I found were the ones I would use. Turned out to be blackberries, blueberries and red grapes. Pretty nice mix. I thawed out the fruit and tossed them with some sugar and a little cornstarch and a squeeze of lemon juice. I had about 7 or 8 cups of fruit, but I knew they would cook down. I put them in a 9-inch glass baking dish and made the topping next. Baked it until the top was golden and the fruit was all bubbly. It was a big hit and if I hadn’t admitted that it was just a matter of what I found first I think my guests would have though I’d planned it from the beginning.

Three Fruit Crumble

The filling

7-8 cups mixed fruit- I  used blueberries, blackberries and red grapes, too

1/2 c. brown sugar

3 T. cornstarch

2 T. lemon juice

The topping

2 c. rolled oats

1 c. flour

1/3 c. brown sugar

2 t. cinnamon

1 t. nutmeg

1 stick butter

Combine the fruit with the other filling ingredients and place in a baking dish. I used a 9×9 inch glass baking dish but use whatever casserole you like. Place all the topping ingredients, except the butter,  in a mixing bowl and stir to combine. Cut in butter to resemble coarse crumbs. Mixture will be crumbly. Sprinkle over the fruit mixture and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes, or until topping is golden and fruit is bubbly. Serves 6.

Easy Blueberry Crumble

Easy Blueberry Crumble

Easy Blueberry Crumble

If you are pressed for time and need a really easy dessert you might want to try this one. I started with a jar of homemade blueberry pie filling but you can use store bought. I topped it with an oatmeal crumble mixture and popped it in the oven to get all toasted and bubbly. It took longer for the oven to preheat than it did for me to assemble this dish. Great for dessert as is, or topped with ice cream. Not too sweet, it could easily work for a brunch, too. I used blueberry pie filling but you could use whatever fruit pie filling you prefer.

 

Easy Blueberry Crumble

1 can blueberry pie filling – I make my own so I used homemade*
1 c. rolled oats
2/3 c. flour
½ c. brown sugar
2 t. cinnamon
½ t. salt
¼ c. butter
3 T. half and half – you could also use milk or whipping cream

Place pie filling in a deep dish 9-inch pie pan. In mixing bowl combine the oats, flour, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Cut in the butter. Drizzle the milk over the oat mixture and stir to blend. Place oat mixture over the blueberry pie filling. Bake in a preheated 375-degree oven for 30-35 minutes- or until bubbly and the crumble topping has become golden. Serve warm or cold. Tastes great plain but also good topped with ice cream or whipped cream. Serves 4-6.

* You can also make the filling using fresh or frozen berries. In medium saucepan combine 3-4 cups of berries with ¾ cup of sugar, ¼ cup lemon juice and the zest of a lemon. Bring to a boil and add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch (or Clear Gel if you have it) mixed with 3 or 4 tablespoons of cold water. Bring to a boil, stirring often. Mixture should be nicely thickened. Depending on the berries I sometimes use a little more cornstarch.