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This recipe for crumble topping is the perfect crumble for any pie recipe. You can even make it for muffins or coffee cake!
When I was in college I created my recipe for crumb apple pie. It was the first pie I’d ever made completely from scratch and it became my signature recipe that is constantly requested at every holiday. (Mel doesn’t even eat my dessert but my apple pie is one he will eat!)
We always joked that the pie would be fantastic with just crust and crumble, no filling. After all, the crust and the crumble are the best parts! That conversation led to this blog being created.
Ever since I first made this crumble recipe, I’ve been topping other pies with it. So many things change over time but the one thing that stays the same is this recipe. It’s the BEST crumble topping recipe you’ll ever make or eat and it goes perfect with any fruit pie.
I’ve also used this recipe with muffins and coffee cake, so it’s a super versatile crumb recipe.
How do you make a crumble topping?
It’s easy and you only need 3 ingredients. One of them is butter. LOTS of butter!
Don’t be scared by the amount of butter in this crumble recipe. It makes it delicious, I promise.
I love some pie with my crumble, if you know what I mean, so piling it high is a must!
Tips and Tricks for Crumble Topping
There is nothing harder than using a pastry cutter to cut in cubed or diced butter. It takes a lot of time and arm strength, so I created a shortcut: I grate the butter.
Simply grate the butter on the large side of a box grater and you’ll be able to make your crumble in just minutes.
The other two ingredients for crumble topping are sugar and flour.
What kind of sugar do you use in a crumble topping?
That’s an easy question: what kind of sugar do you like?
For a long time I made this crumble using all granulated sugar. I love using white sugar when I make my apple pie recipe, but when I make peach pies, I think that brown sugar adds a little extra flavor.
The beauty of this crumble topping recipe is that you can use any sugar or combination of sugar you like. Use all white, all brown, or a combination of the two!
For flour, all-purpose is the best. It’s easy to find and everyone already has it in the pantry.
Once you have all your ingredients you have to combine them. Crumble topping is delicate and should be crumbly, so you don’t want to use a mixer. You want to make crumble topping by hand, so I like using a pastry cutter.
If you don’t have a pastry cutter, you can use a fork or two knives, but a pastry cutter is easier.
Once you cut in all the ingredients with the pastry cutter, you’ll have a crumbly sweet topping for any pie. Use this recipe on peach or apple pie, blueberry pie or blackberry or any fruit you like.
Alternately, use this crumble recipe on muffins or coffee cake or anywhere a recipe calls for crumble!
It makes a delicious pie served with lots of ice cream!
My favorite CRUMBLE Pies:
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Crumb Topping Recipe
- 12 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2/3 cup sugar (brown or white or a combination)
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- Grate cold butter into a large bowl. Alternately, you can dice it small.
- Add sugar: use all brown or all white or a combination to make 2/3 cup. Use whatever combination you like (I like using 1/3 cup each brown and white).
- Add flour and then, using a pastry cutter, work the butter into the flour and sugar until the mixture forms coarse crumbs.
- Use crumble as recipe directs, on a fruit pie or on muffins or coffee cake. Bake as directed in recipe.
Crumb topping would go so well on so many of my pie recipes.
Apple Crumb Pie is my absolute favorite!
This crumble topping also works on apple muffins!
Last Updated on December 1, 2020
I have never made a peach pie before so I’m trying it out with the crumble topping. My question is can you make the crumble topping ahead and just put it in the fridge for later use?? I didn’t set my refrigerated pie crust out today to get to room temperature so I was wondering also if I could go ahead and make the peach mixture and set it in the fridge?
Yes you can – wrap it well or put it in an airtight container. Break it up before using – get your hands in there to make it crubmly again.