Individual Summer Fruit Crumbles

With vanilla ice cream–a perfect summer treat!

I’m right in the middle of finishing all the illustrations of my latest book project.  It will be published by Viking Press next year and is written by the amazing,  award winning Anne Rockwell.

I can’t show anything to you yet, but I can say that yummy breakfast food is a part of it. πŸ™‚

Pancakes anyone?

Denis and I are also getting ready for the launch of our collaborative effort, Hush Little Monster, out next month.  More on that to come soon!

You would think with my workload I wouldn’t have time to make dessert on a daily basis.  But….

You would be wrong!

Here’s a  super easy and great summertime dessert that you can throw together without thinking.  The secret is to have a stash of topping already prepared.

Mix up a batch of crumble topping.  I use butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, some flour or oats, spices and chopped nuts.  Sometimes I also add coconut.  I’ve even made a sugar free one for a friend out of just butter (you could use coconut oil also), almonds, cinnamon, and oats.

Store this crumble mixture in the refrigerator and use as needed.

Leftover crumble in container I keep in the fridge

When you want to have some dessert, cut up some fruit — summer is wonderful for stone fruits and berries which work well here.   Mix with a bit of sugar and other flavorings if you like, such as lemon juice, zest, liqueur– have fun.

Blueberries and chopped cherries mixed with a touch of sugar

Then fill ramekins.  We use about 1/2 cup of chopped fruit mixture per ramekin.

My assistant spooning fruit into ramekins

Top with however much crumble you want.

Putting on topping

Bake at 375 F degrees.   Since it’s been so hot, I just use our Cuisinart toaster oven, aka Easy Bake oven, because it preheats so fast and doesn’t heat up the apartment.  It only takes ten minutes to warm the fruit up and brown the crumble.

Unbaked crumble

Baked crumble – after ten minutes in toaster oven

You could also use a larger baking dish and make a big batch at once time, but you’d need to bake it longer– about 40-45 minutes and use a regular oven.

I like the little individual ramekins because they are portion controlled, heat up fast, and are small enough to fit in our above mentioned toaster oven.

Also, they are cute.

This is a sugar free, dairy free version: Just fruit, oats and sliced almonds!

My son loves making these crumbles.  Serve with whipped cream or ice cream and enjoy!

Warm, crunchy, and creamy!

Individual Summer Fruit Crumbles

Β½ cup chopped summer fruit and/or berries per ramekin

Β½ – 1 teaspoon sugar, depending on how sweet you like it – or none at all

dash of liqueur (such as Kirsch or Cointreau) or lemon juice or zest if you like

Crumble Topping – use however much you like (see recipe below)

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F degrees.
  2. Stir fruit and sugar (and liqueur, lemon juice, zest, if using) together.  Spoon into ramekins.
  3. Top with crumble.
  4. Bake for about 10-15 minutes until lightly browned on top.
  5. Serve immediately or cool to room temperature.

If you want to make one big crumble for 4-6 people, use about 2 Β½ pounds fruit with ΒΌ cup sugar and stir together in a square baking pan or pie pan.  Top with crumble mixture.  Bake for about 40-45 minutes at 375 F degrees.

Crumble Topping:

6 tablespoons flour or oats or combination

ΒΌ cup packed brown sugar

ΒΌ cup granulated sugar

pinch of salt

cinnamon or nutmeg to taste

5 tablespoons butter, chilled, cut into pieces

ΒΎ cup chopped nuts (I like sliced almonds)

Note:  you can also add in dried coconut, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds – use whatever strikes your fancy.

  1. Pulse flour, oats if using, with sugars and salt and spices in a food processor a couple times to mix together.  Add butter.  Pulse some more until mixture is sandy.  Then add nuts (and seeds and coconut if using) and pulse a few times more until mixture is clumpy.
  2. Store in a container in the refrigerator until ready to use.
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28 Comments

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28 responses to “Individual Summer Fruit Crumbles

  1. I bet it will be wonderful my friend, how exciting πŸ˜€
    Celebrate by eating 3-4 of these gorgeous crumble cups!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  2. My adventurous nine year old daughter would love making and eating this!

  3. The crumbles are too cute! I need to try these soon!

  4. There are so many great tips in this post – I love that you keep crumble in the fridge for use whenever the urge hits, and putting them in individual ramekins for ease and portion control. This is a perfect quick summer dessert.

  5. Yum! I love fruit crumbles and cobblers during the summer!
    Excited to hear about your new book with Anne Rockwell, and the Hush Little Monster project. πŸ™‚

    BTW, congrats on getting freshly pressed the other day!

  6. I never thought of making crumble topping up ahead and storing it in the fridge. You are brilliant, Melissa. Fruit crisps and crumbles are among my favorite desserts (but I always make big pans of them — it doesn’t look so good if you make six ramekins and eat three of them immediately). I made some with gluten-free oats and cornstarch last week for a GF friend, plum and peach.

    • That sounds great! Yes, they are very easy to adapt to gluten free, sugar free, vegan. I happened upon the storing part by accident. I made a big crumble and had extra so I saved it ( no WAY was I throwing that out). Instead of making a medium sized one later, I just kept using it for the little individual ones, and discovered I could make a week night dessert in 11 minutes! πŸ™‚

      Hope you are rested from you fabulous trip!

  7. Congrats on your upcoming book release! πŸ™‚ I would really enjoy your crumble with ice cream just about now. πŸ™‚ I love the texture of a little crunch with ice cream. All I’ve been craving are desserts every night. Kudos to you for mustering up energy to make stuff! It’s been so hot and humid here that all I want is ice cream, popsicles and frozen yogurt. It’s so bad. But we are lazy – Yogurtland has recently become a regular bad habit! I always add granola for that “crunch” I’m looking for. Please send me your crumble in refrigerated pack!!! πŸ˜› Hope you’re having a great week!

    • I know, I heard from my mom how hot it is where she is, so I can only imagine how bad it is inland! Though I can kind of get an idea since it’s not great in the east either. Our central air conditioner died this week too! They are supposed to install a new one sometime today! Have fun at Yogurtland!

  8. I just printed out your recipe and will try this weekend! I bought oats (for the first time) because I really wanted to make crumbles. Your recipe (especially storing the crumbles part was unheard of and LOVED IT) sounds wonderful and I will just follow this recipe, and I use my toaster oven too. I think I’m more toaster oven person than oven… since I don’t bake much. =) Thanks for the recipe!

  9. Indeed you are very creative. Love this recipe. I will reblog it in order not to forget it.

    Congrats on your publication now and in future! I will follow your blog and keep an eye on your new book!

  10. Reblogged this on food for thought and commented:
    Love this creative recipe. Congrats to your new publications too!

  11. yum…making one for this weekend! so thanks! and it’s a boost for your painting energy (and mine!) yum

  12. I just love fruit desserts and this crumble sounds wonderful – perfect for fresh summer berries! πŸ™‚

  13. this is why i should have more ramekins in my pantry

  14. What a great idea! They look delicious!

  15. These are great! I think this would be fun for a party. I may do this for a party my daughter is having and let them make their own desserts.

  16. Summer desserts are simply the best. This looks wonderful.

  17. Congrats on all your projects πŸ˜€
    I never used to like crumbles as a kid but lately i can’t get enough of them…hehe. And i think your individual fruit crumbles are so cute…

  18. Sounds easy to make…I love that! Any thing that will avoid accumulating leftovers is always a treat for me. I am glad I can make use of leftover crumbles, etc… By the way, Congratulations! Can’t wait to get hold of your new project. I am sure it will be as exciting as your features.

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  19. niceeeeee as always, u make me wanna be a chefff hahaha
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