Friday, August 1, 2014

BERRY CRUMBLES.....DESSERT IN 20 MINUTES!

Today, I'm sharing my secret weapon for an awesome and easy dessert. 

I am a berry hoarder.  I never turn down berries when someone offers them and I've been known to pick 8 gallons of blueberries in a morning.  My freezer is mostly full of fruit.  I'm terrified that next March may come and I won't have berries for muffins or worse yet....I'll have to buy them from the store.  
I'm not a pie maker.  Can't make a decent pie crust to save my life, but.....I can make the most wonderful fruit crumbles in a flash because I make a ton of crumble topping and put it in the freezer....in between all of the raspberries, blueberries, peaches and blackberries.  You won't believe how easy this is.
Crumble Topping
(makes 8 single serve desserts)
1 3/4 C. flour             1/2 C. light brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon   1/2 tsp. coarse salt
15 tablespoons cold butter
Throw everything in a bowl and use a pastry cutter (your fingers, a fork or 2 knives works just as well) to blend it all until small lumps form.
At this point, you can either use it or freeze it in a container until you need it......or want it.
Anytime you want dessert, it's only 20 minutes away from this point.  All you do is lightly oil (I use cooking spray) some ramekins, custard cups, oven-safe bowls or, you can just make one big dessert in a pan...it's all the same process.  Throw the fruit (fresh or frozen) in your prepared dish and sprinkle a little sugar on top to make it juicy. (No need to thaw the fruit or the topping.)
Now pile some of that yummy, crumbly topping right on top.  (We use lots!)
Bake it in the oven 20 minutes or until it's brown and bubbly.
Let it cool down a bit and enjoy!  Better yet....throw a scoop of ice cream on top....you know you want to!
I cannot tell you how fast, easy, tasty and impressive this simple dessert is.  Well, I guess I can, because I just did.  Anyway, I have never had this fail and again, I never say "no" to berries....or peaches...or apples. 

22 comments:

  1. Oh yes, this looks delicious, Danni ! I don't think I have ever made a crumble - about time :-)

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  2. I'm a berry hoarder too! I never thought of freezing the crumble. pinning

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  3. I would be so guilty of baking the topping sans fruit. Did I just say that out loud?

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  4. I'll be right over, Danni! Your berry dessert looks amazing and that crumble topping - yum! I love that you used the small dishes for individual servings :)

    Hugs to you!

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  5. You have crumble topping in your freezer? That is so impressive! I need to pick up this delightful habit, because I always feel like making dessert is too fussy complicated. Thanks, Danni!

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  6. Mmmm.... 'Sounds delicious! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  7. Oh Danni, these look delicious!! I've already pinned the recipe to my Pinterest board. :-D I, too, love berries; I think they're one of the best things about summer. Thanks for sharing this recipe and have a wonderful weekend!

    Warm Hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  8. I'm definitely going to make this crumble topping! I love a quick and easy dessert. I keep blueberries in the freezer too. Yum!

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  9. I love berries too, and we pretty much always have them in the freezer. Love how easy this is, and I have no doubt that it's delicious.

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  10. Oh I love crumble, any fruit will do, but in the UK we'd have to serve it with custard, scrummy !

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  11. YUM! I want some now! I think the ice cream is a must.

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  12. YUM! I am going to try this. Not sure I can fit any crumble in the freezer, though...too many berries!

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  13. Love this...never in a million years would I have thought to freeze the crumble. Is there any left? Call me when you have blackberries!

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  14. I've always loved berries as well, but have only ever made apple crumbles. Will definitely be trying this lovely recipe! Thanks for the idea.

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  15. This is easier than easy, Danni. I've always had a special place in my heart (and tummy) for crumble desserts. I'm thinking over apples this fall, too.

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  16. YUM! I love that your freezer is filled with fruit. Your are like the little red hen!!! This dessert looks delicious. I like that it's an individual serving size as well. Just perfect.

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  17. You know I am pinning this, because I am making it asap!!! thanks

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  18. I LOVE this!! I am pinning and then I am headed to the raspberry patch cuz I am having this tonight!

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  19. We just went blueberry picking the other day and I put some in the freezer. Maybe I'll make this!

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  20. Oh yum!! Love berries this would be awesome with hot custard for winter too

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  21. Crap! I can't believe I never thought of this. Like I need another dessert! Next time I visit we're having berry crumbles. With ice cream.

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