When it comes to making a delicious summer dessert, you can’t beat this Easy Berry Crumble recipe. Chock full of berries with an oat crumb topping and capped off with vanilla ice cream … well, life doesn’t get much better, does it? I recently made this recipe for the 4th of July holiday and it was the perfect conclusion to a fun family day.
We were actually pretty lazy this year. We’d been to a pool party and a family party earlier in the weekend, and my boys slept in until 11 a.m. ! I don’t normally let them do that, but I think they needed the extra sleep. My oldest was at Boy Scout camp last week. He completed an advanced ropes course, learned to SCUBA dive and earned his home repair merit badge. I’m hoping he uses the last one around here often! Fortunately, my husband is fairly handy around the house and has passed on much of his knowledge. However, this is one of several reasons why we love Boy Scouts – they teach useful, practical, life-long skills. My youngest has one more year of Cub Scouts before he bridges over to Boy Scouts – he’s just a little excited!
Anyway … at the last minute, I decided to make this Easy Berry Crumble to top off the 1-Hour Spice-Rubbed Ribs I planned to make later in the day. Like I said, I was feeling lazy and going to the grocery store definitely did not fit in with my plans! Fortunately, I had two bags of frozen mixed berries in the freezer; all the other ingredients are pantry staples. Phew! My craving for crumble was satisfied!
Fresh or frozen?
This time of year, it’s easy and fairly inexpensive to buy fresh fruit for crumbles and pies. However, it’s more of a challenge in the fall and winter. Fortunately, I’ve made this recipe loads of times with both fresh and frozen fruit. And it always turns out. I do let the crumble bake for up to 15 extra minutes if I use frozen berries. Frankly, they’re usually stored in my deep freeze and that puppy makes everything rock solid. So, I like to let the crumble bake a few extra minutes to ensure everything is thoroughly cooked. My conclusion on the fresh versus frozen debate? In berry desserts, I don’t see much of a difference.
For this recipe, I used mixed berries. However, feel free to use whatever you have on hand or happens to be on sale at the store. The important thing is to have about 4-5 cups of berries. They do tend to cook down, so you want to have enough. It goes without saying that vanilla ice cream is a must for this easy and delicious dessert!
Easy Berry Crumble
- 4-5 cups berries, fresh or frozen
- 1/3 c granulated sugar
- 1 T lemon juice
- 1/2 c flour
- 3/4 c quick-cooking rolled oats
- 1/3 c packed brown sugar
- 1/2 t ground cinnamon
- 6 T butter, softened
- Vanilla ice cream
- Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
- Thoroughly grease a 9x9 square baking dish. Add the berries and sprinkle them with lemon juice and sugar.
- In a small bowl, mix together the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and oats. Cut in the butter until the mixture is well combined.
- Top the berries with the oat mixture.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes. If using frozen berries, up to 15 minutes of baking time may be required. The crumble is done when the berries are bubbling and the topping is golden. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.