Guin’s Magic Crumble Topping

Rhubarb or any fruit, seasonal, fresh or even frozen  is perfect as a crumble. Crumble, crisp or cobbler, the names mean the same, a rustic easy peasy dessert where the fruit is front and centre. The topping, a mixture involving various ingredients from oats and butter, or flour, butter and spice to toasted nuts is the piece de resistance, the sweet spot, the thing that creates the crisp and the crumble. Served warm from the oven, it’s a thing of beauty.

Once you’ve buttered your pan of choice, and preheated the oven to 375,  toss the preferred fruit with sugar, cinnamon and chopped orange zest. If using frozen fruit, no need to thaw, just add a toss of flour or corn starch to thicken any excess juices. Add the fruit to the buttered dish and top with your favourite crumble topping. This one is from my friend Guin, a simple recipe using flour, sugar and egg, a recipe she gleaned from her mother. You can add oats or chopped nuts to the mix for extra oomph. It works beautifully every time. Bake until bubbly and brown and serve with ice cream.

Guin’s Magic Crumble Topping
1 cup flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
Oats or chopped nuts (optional)
Melted butter
Mix together. The addition of oatmeal or nuts are optional. Drizzle with melted butter until you have a crumbly mix that holds together nicely. Divide evenly over fruit and bake.

2 Responses to “Guin’s Magic Crumble Topping”

  1. Denise Freitas says:

    Here’s a slightly different version that Mother baked for us all through our childhood. She got the recipe during WWII while she and Daddy were stationed in Michigan.

    1 cup flour,1 cup sugar, 1/8 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. baking powder, 1/ tsp. cinnamon. 1 large egg, 1/4 cup vegetable oil or melted butter, 5 large apples, 1/3 cup sugar, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon. Peel, core & slice apples. Toss with 1/3 cup sugar & 1/2 tsp. cinnamon. Line baking greased baking dish with apples. Whisk flour, sugar, salt, baking powder & remaining cinnamon. Beat egg and pour into dry ingredients. Work mixture into crumbs. Sprinkle over prepared apples and drizzle with oil or melted butter. Bake @ 350 until golden brown and bubbling, about 45 to 50 minutes. I make this using home frozen apple pie filling.

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