What Is A Crumble?


What Is A Crumble? You know that deliciously crispy crunchy top on a Dutch Apple Pie or wonderful rustic cherry pie? Now you’re on the right track. 

A crumble, cobbler and crisp are all very similar. The most unique thing about a crumble is that it can be used to top many fruit based desserts. Another name for it is a streusel. 

What is in a Crumble?

A crumble has the main ingredients of flour, butter and sugar. Some also include cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, lemon extract or zest and nuts. The ingredients are mixed together until it becomes small pieces. Usually with pieces about the size of a pea. This is typically then placed on top of a fruity dessert and baked until it is slightly golden. 

How to Serve

Many of these fruit desserts are served while still warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream to top them off, or a dollop of fresh whipped cream. They can also be served cold, it is entirely up to you.

What Kind of Fruit

This topping can go on top of may different dishes. The most common form of crumble gets put on apple dishes. However, it can also go on top of rhubarb, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries or peaches. Honestly, it is delicious no matter what kind of fruit you choose to use. 

History of Crumbles

Crumbles are said to have ben invented during World War II, in Great Britain. During that time it became nearly impossible to obtain all of the ingredients for pie crusts. Being able to top fruit with this butter, sugar and flower mixture allowed them to stretch topping ingredients farther and not require as many different ingredients for a pie.

Today, you will often find a streusel as a pie topping. This would have a bottom crust, but not a top crust, instead topped by the delicious crumble. You might also find them in a streusel where you have a fruit mixture below and topped by a crisp crumble. No matter where you choose to add them, a crumble will not disappoint. Your tastebuds will be thrilled to have the delight of encountering any kind of crumble. 

A crumble is usually made of flour, butter and sugar, with your choice of spice. It is placed on top of any kind of fruit and made into a delicious dessert. 

What is your favorite kind of crumble?

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Sarah is known for her extra fancy yeast breads, melt in your mouth pies, and everything salads. She has won awards as a home cook, and is passionate about helping others feel smarter in the kitchen. Sarah is the cooking genius of the sister duo.

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