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Apple and Strawberry Crumble

Apple and Strawberry Crumble

Big chunks of apple and strawberry combine perfectly in this delicious apple and strawberry cumble. This is a dessert best served warm with a big scoop of vanilla ce cream!

Wednesday May 12, 2021

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Apple Brown Sugar Butter Cinnamon Cornstarch Flour Ginger Lemon Strawberries Sugar Vanilla Extract

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Strawberries are one of my favourite fruits, but I often find that when they're made into a dessert the result can be too sweet for my tastes. This apple and strawberry crumble is the perfect solution for that! The apples add the perfect amount of tart flavor to balance out the sweetness of the strawberries in this crumble; this is one of my favorite fruit desserts. Even the most dedicated apple crumble fans willl appreciate the strawberries in this!

Reasons you need to make this Apple and Strawberry crumble:

  • it uses up lots of fresh produce - and we all know how quickly strawberries go from perfect to rotten (approximately 30 seconds ;) )
  • it is the tastiest possible way to eat fruit
  • it is so simple to make, this apple and strawberry crumble recipe is so easy to throw together
  • it can be made in advance
  • you get to eat ice cream with it
a top down view of a bowl overflowing with apple strawberry crumble

What are the ingredients in strawberry apple crumble?

top down view of ingredients needed for apple and strawberry crumble

the ingredients are very basic for this apple strawberry recipe:

  • apples - one of the main fruits in this dessert
  • strawberries - the other main fruit in this dish
  • sugar - you don't need a lot because the fruit is naturally sweet
  • lemon juice - I use lemon juice in most of my fruit pies because I love the touch of sour it adds to offset the sweetness from the fruits
  • vanilla extract - gives a nice subtle flavor boost to the filling
  • cornstarch - this helps thicken the filling, though we don't add much liquid it will be released from the berries and the apples as it cooks so this is an important addition
  • cinnamon and ginger - I love the subtle spice these add to the filling
  • brown sugar - this is the main part of the crumble topping
  • flour - this adds some structure to the crumble topping
  • butter - this holds the topping together

How to make apple and strawberry crumble

The steps involved are very simple for this recipe, its basically foolproof!

step one: add the cubed appled and strawberries to a large bowl, then add the lemon juice, vanilla, cornstarch, and spices and stir until fruit is completely coated

lemon is squeezed into a bowl containing strawberries and apples

step two: in a small bowl, stir together the brown sugar and flour, then pour the butter overtop and mix until completely combined

crumble topping is mixed in a small bowl

step three: add the fruit in an even layer to the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish, then spinkle crumble mixture over top as evenly as possible

step four: bake at 375 F for about 45 minutes, or until fruit filling is softened and bubbly and topping is golden brown. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before serving with some ice cream!

the baked apple strawberry crumble is shown with fresh sliced strawberries on top

Can I use frozen strawberries instead?

Technically yes, you can substitute frozen strawberries, however they should be thawed and drained before use otherwise the filling will be too liquidy. The best option is fresh strawberries if you can get them

What is the difference between a crumble and a crisp?

The main difference, in my opinion, is that a crisp has oats in the topping while a crumble does not. If you'd like to convert this to a strawberry apple crisp instead you can sub half the flour for some oats!

 

apple strawberry crumble overflows from a bowl and has a scoop of ice cream on top

Storage and Reheating:

This crumble stays good in the fridge for a few days, and honestly I was sneaking bites from the fridge even while it was cold. To reheat, simple scoop out into a bowl and microwave until warm. Alternatively, you can bake the crumble one more time for about 15-20 minutes to reheat. I do not recommend freezing it!


Apple and Strawberry Crumble

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By: Natalie Kollee
Yield: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cubed apple (about 4-5 large apples)
  • 4 cups quartered strawberries (about 1-1.5 lbs strawberries)
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (about half a lemon)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ⅔ cup flour
  • ⅓ cup butter, melted

Directions

1.

Preheat oven to 375 F

2.

In a large bowl, stir together the apple, strawberries, sugar, lemon juice, vanilla extract, cornstarch, cinnamon, and ginger; set aside

3.

In a small bowl stir together the brown sugar and flour, then drizzle melted butter over top and stir until mixture resembles wet sand

4.

Transfer fruit mixture to a 9x13 baking dish and spread evenly, then top with an even layer of crumble mixture

5.

Bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes, or until crumble is golden brown on top and bubbly

6.

Serve warm, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream if desired


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Natalie Kollee

Hi I’m Natalie. I live in Ontario, Canada with my husband, daughter and our cat. Since I was little, I have always enjoyed discovering new recipes and sharing food with loved ones. When I’m not in the kitchen you’ll probably find me crocheting, reading, or crafting.


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