Easy Apple And Blueberry Crumble
A crumble is a super simple dessert that can be made in no time and tastes incredible. Though often made during the fall and winter months, this easy apple and blueberry crumble is perfect all year round.
We love the combination of apples and blueberries. Topped with a sweet spiced brown sugar topping, this apple and blueberry crumble will satisfy your fruity cravings. Don’t forget to add a scoop of ice cream!
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Why You’ll Love This Recipe
With just a few basic ingredients, this apple and blueberry crumble is one of the simplest recipes ever. Here are just a few reasons why you’ll love this crumble as much as we do:
- Crumbles are a great cozy dessert alternative to pie
- This recipe is an easy bake that anyone can make
- The combination of apples and blueberries is amazing
- It’s quick to whip up and takes less than an hour to make
Apples: Honeycrisp apples are what we recommend you use for this recipe. Their tart yet sweet flavor tastes perfect in baked goods. If you don’t have honeycrisp apples, gala apples work well too!
Blueberries: Ripe blueberries have a sweet and juicy flavor that adds great contrast to the apples in this recipe.
Lemon juice: The lemon juice keeps the apples from browning and ensures the dry ingredients adhere to the fruit while also adding a hint of citrus flavor.
All-purpose flour: The flour absorbs the juices in the fruit filling, acting as a thickener so it’s not too runny. We recommend using all-purpose flour for the best flavor and texture.
Granulated sugar: Using granulated sugar adds sweetness to the crumble and enhances the flavor of the apples and blueberries.
Ground cinnamon: Cinnamon is a signature warm and cozy spice for fall baked goods. Combined with fruit, it creates a flavor that is out of this world.
Salt: Salt is a key ingredient in both the fruit filling and crumble topping. It brings out the existing flavors and accentuates the sweetness of the dish.
Ground allspice: The allspice pairs perfectly with the other spices while adding depth and richness to the apple and blueberry crumble.
Ground cloves: Adding cloves gives another layer of warm spiced goodness to the crumble topping.
Brown sugar: Using brown sugar in the crumble topping adds moisture to the other ingredients and gives it a sweet flavor.
Butter: Butter is needed to achieve the crumbly texture and rich flavor of the crumble topping. We recommend using salted butter for the best flavor.
Pure vanilla extract: The vanilla gives more depth of flavor to the fruit filling. As always, we recommend using pure vanilla extract as opposed to imitation vanilla.
Walnuts: Adding walnuts to our crumble topping gives it a little extra crunch. We generally use whole walnuts because they will be chopped in the food processor. However, you can use chopped walnuts too.
Rolled oats: The addition of rolled oats to the topping provides additional flavor and texture while giving some contrast to the tart fruit filling.
How To Make This Recipe
make the fruit filling
To get started, first peel, core, and thinly slice 3 large apples (or 4 medium apples). Using an apple peeler that cores and slices them for you is the best way to do this. This apple peeler/slicer from Amazon is our favorite!
After thinly slicing your apples, halve the slices and place them in a large bowl. Next, add in the blueberries.
Pour in the lemon juice and use a spatula or wooden spoon to mix gently until it’s evenly incorporated.
Next, add in the granulated sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla. Gently mix in the ingredients until the apples and berries are evenly coated. Set the filling aside to rest for at least 5 minutes, allowing the fruits to release their natural juices.
make the crumble topping
Start off by cutting up your butter into cubes and putting it in the freezer to harden up. The colder the butter the better when making the crumble topping.
In a food processor, flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, all spice, salt, and cloves.Take the butter out of the freezer and add it to the dry ingredients.
Use the pulse button on the food processor to mix the ingredients in short increments, pausing between each pulse. Mix until there are no large butter chunks or visible dry flour. The mixture should have a crumbly sand-like texture.
Lastly, pour in the walnuts and rolled oats. Pulse just until the oats are incorporated and the walnuts are chopped into medium sized pieces. Just be careful not to overmix (4-6 pulses usually works great).
assemble & bake
Preheat the oven to 375°F and grease a 10-inch glass or ceramic baking dish. Pour the apple and blueberry filling into the dish and use a spatula to spread it out evenly.
Sprinkle the crumble topping over the fruit filling. Be sure to spread the crumble evenly, completely covering all the fruit.
Place the dish in the oven on the middle rack and bake it for 35-40 minutes. When it’s done, the topping will be golden brown and the fruit should be slightly bubbling.
Take the crumble out of the oven and let it cool for at least 15 minutes before serving. This crumble tastes great served with ice cream, whipped cream, or even by itself!
Recipe Tips and Tricks
Properly measure the flour: The best way to accurately measure flour (without weighing it) is the spoon and level method. Fluff up the flour with a spoon so it’s not packed down.
Use the spoon to scoop the flour into the measuring cup until it's full and level off the top. Be careful not to shake or tap the measuring cup to even the top. This can pack down the flour and result in scooping too much.
Freeze the butter: Freezing your butter before adding it to the crumble helps to achieve the right texture. Using butter that’s too soft can give the topping a pasty consistency.
Use a food processor: The best way to achieve the proper crumble texture is by using a food processor. By pulsing the ingredients together until they have a sandy texture, the butter can be fully incorporated without melting.
Invest in an apple slicer/peeler: When making anything with apples, we swear by the apple slicer/corer/peeler. This kitchen gadget saves so much time and makes apple prep a breeze!
Tools You’ll Need
How To Fix Overmixed Crumble Topping
If you accidentally overmixed your crumble topping or your butter was too soft, don’t worry! The pasty/doughy can be fixed. Just put your crumble in the freezer until it firms up, and then put it back into the food processor and pulse until crumbly.
How To Store Leftovers
This apple and blueberry crumble can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days if well-covered. Make sure the crumble cools down completely before storing it in the fridge.
You can reheat individual leftover servings in the microwave, or you can reheat the whole dish in the oven. To reheat the whole dish, cover it with foil and warm it in the oven at 350°F until it's reheated all the way through (about 15-20 minutes).
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Easy Apple And Blueberry CrumbleJuly 26, 2023
FOR THE FILLING
FOR THE FILLING
- Peel, core, and thinly slice 3 large (or 4 medium) apples. We recommend an apple peeler that also cores and slices them for you. Then, cut the apple slices in half and add them to a large bowl.
- Add in the blueberries and lemon juice. Mix gently with a spatula or wooden spoon.
- Add the granulated sugar, flour, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla. Gently mix until fruit is evenly coated and set aside. Allow it to rest for 5 minutes for natural fruit juices to release.
FOR THE CRUMBLE
- Cut the butter into cubes and place it in the freezer. The butter needs to be very cold when you add it to the crumble mixture.
- In a food processor, add the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and salt. Remove the butter from the freezer and add it to the food processor.
- Use the pulse button on the food processor to mix the ingredients in short increments until it has a sandy consistency without any large butter chunks and no dry flour visible. Be sure not to overmix to avoid a pasty consistency.
- Add the walnuts and rolled oats and pulse again just until the walnuts are chopped into medium-sized pieces (4-6 short pulses). Be careful not to overmix the crumble.
ASSEMBLE & BAKE
- Preheat oven to 375°F and lightly grease a 10-inch glass or ceramic dish. Add the filling to the dish, spreading it evenly.
- Sprinkle the crumble evenly over the top of the filling until the fruit is covered completely.
- Bake on the middle rack for 35-40 minutes until the topping is golden brown and fruit is bubbling. Let it cool for at least 15 minutes and serve on its own, topped with whipped cream, or with a side of ice cream.
- Using an apple peeler/corer/slicer is the fastest and easiest way to prepare your apples for this recipe and get extra thin slices.
- Cube and freeze the butter before preparing the other ingredients to ensure it's cold enough before adding it to your crumble.
- You can omit the rolled oats and/or walnuts from the crumble if desired.
- You can use frozen blueberries instead of fresh ones if needed.