There is nothing better than on a Sunday evening sitting down to a roast dinner with a crumble served up for dessert. Throughout the year we alternate what we put into our crumble from Rhubarb in Spring to Apple crumble as the temperatures drop and Banana and Rum in the summer months. It’s a favourite and although I have special crumble mixes mostly I use my grandmothers basic crumble topping recipe. It’s really easy to make and only has 3 store cupboard ingredients but throw whatever fruit that you have around and make this family-friendly dessert for others.

A simple recipe for a basic crumble topping perfect for an easy family dessert. Only 3 ingredients and quick to make. It can be frozen and used at a later date.

Ingredients for your Basic Crumble Topping Recipe

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Plain Flour (all purpose) it is really important that you only use plain or all purpose flour we’ve tried with self raising but it really doesn’t work very well.

Unsalted Butter Cubed – don’t get it to room temperature for this recipe it really does work best if you have the butter cold.

Caster Sugar or granulated sugar works. You can switch out half the white sugar for a brown sugar as well.

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The most important thing when making crumble like when you make pastry is to have cold hands this will stop the butter from softening and you can then rub it into the crumb consistency needed.

Run your hands under a cold tap before you start rubbing the butter into the flour.

Cold cubbed Unsalted Butter (sweet butter) ready for mixing into the crumble for this simple family dessert.

How to Make the Crumble in the Food Processor

I’ve just got my first ever food processor and this has cut the time making the crumble mixture down to a matter of seconds. Same ingredients as before.

  1. Cube the cold butter.
  2. Pour the flour and butter into the food processor.
  3. Pulse it to mix to a breadcrumb consistency.
  4. Pour into a bowl.
  5. Add the Sugar.

Then use as you would normally use.

Make a crumble with fruit for rainy day desserts

Eat the crumble hot or cold with custard, ice-cream or my personal favourite natural yoghurt.

A simple recipe for a basic crumble topping perfect for an easy family dessert. Only 3 ingredients and quick to make. It can be frozen and used at a later date.
Classic family dessert with a twist this Bramley apple crumble is easy to make and best served with some vanilla ice-cream or to compliment the sweetness of the apples some natural yoghurt.

Use this crumble topping to make this delicious Apple Crumble perfect for a Rainy Day Dessert and ideal comfort food.

This mix can be used instead of the brown sugar mix on the Blackberry Crumble Muffins

How to FreezE your Crumble Topping Mix to Use Another Day

One of the reasons I love this basic crumble recipe so much is how easy it is to make. You can make a bulk of it (2:1 ratio with the flour and butter and then add in sugar 3 tablespoons per 100g of flour) and then freeze.

I use our freezer storage boxes and divide up into family portions and then can take them out on a weekday and use them for a quick and easy delicious crumble in the evening.

Defrost through the day and just pour over the chopped fruit before cooking.

A simple recipe for a basic crumble topping perfect for an easy family dessert. Only 3 ingredients and quick to make. It can be frozen and used at a later date.

Basic Mix for Fruit and Apple Crumble Toppings

A simple recipe for a basic crumble topping perfect for an easy family dessert. Only 3 ingredients and quick to make. It can be frozen and used at a later date.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: English
Keyword: Crumble Mixture, Crumble Recipe, Desserts, Easy Family Food, easy recipes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 149kcal
Author: Cerys Parker

Equipment

  • Bowl
  • Knife

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Add cold cubed butter to the flour.
  • Rub the butter in so that it becomes a crumb like consistency.
    A simple recipe for a basic crumble topping perfect for an easy family dessert. Only 3 ingredients and quick to make. It can be frozen and used at a later date.
  • Add the caster sugar and mix together.
    A simple recipe for a basic crumble topping perfect for an easy family dessert. Only 3 ingredients and quick to make. It can be frozen and used at a later date.
  • Cut your fruit and then place the crumble topping over.
    delicious easy apple crumble recipe perfect for sunday dessert
  • It takes around 25 – 35 minutes in the oven preheated to 200C depending on the depth of the crumble to cook and crust nicely.
    Classic family dessert with a twist this Bramley apple crumble is easy to make and best served with some vanilla ice-cream or to compliment the sweetness of the apples some natural yoghurt.
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Notes

The most important thing when making crumble like when you make pastry is to have cold hands this will stop the butter from softening and you can then rub it into the crumb consistency needed. Run your hands under a cold tap before you start rubbing the butter into the flour.

Nutrition

Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 18mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 208IU | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg

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Classic recipe for Crumble Topping with unsalted butter, flour and white sugar ideal for desserts and cakes.
A simple recipe for a basic crumble topping perfect for an easy family dessert. Only 3 ingredients and quick to make. It can be frozen and used at a later date.
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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

12 Comments

  1. I love making a batch of crumble topping and keeping it in the freezer when I want to make use a bit for tossing into ice cream or oatmeal… or use the whole thing for crumbles and pies. It’s perfect

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