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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Crumble Topping

Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: Crumble Topping
Servings: 1 9 X 9


  • Food Processor (optional)
  • Mixer (optional)


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar or half white sugar
  • 1 stick butter cold and cubed (1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon optional


  • In a bowl combined your ingredients
  • Mix together until small clumps about the size of a pea are formed
  • Spread on top of your fruit mixture
  • Bake until chrispy and slightly brown, or until your fruit is done


If you are baking a lot of fruit, a good rule of thumb would be to partly bake the fruit before adding the topping. Your topping will take about 10-20 minutes to bake completely, after that it will start to burn. 

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