Three Berry Crumble that is Sweet and Delicious

Picking berries is one of my favorite things to do. At our old house, we had a huge raspberry patch and could save multiple gallon-sized bags of raspberries each season. We also like to pick cherries and blueberries. I have a bad habit of over-picking and end up freezing fruit, so we have it available through the winter. Recently, Tyler wanted me to make something with the berries, so they do not go bad. Are you guilty of holding onto frozen food too long like me? I sure do not like to waste food. To use some of the berries in our freezer, I decided to make a Three Berry Crumble. This recipe is easy to make and so delicious!

Three Berry Crumble served on white plate

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This post was published on January 22, 2022
Updated on February 25, 2022

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Making a fruit crumble is super easy. All you need is some simple pantry ingredients, fruit, a 9 X 13 baking dish, and a hunger for a delicious dessert. The Three Berries that were used in this dessert included raspberries, blueberries and cherries. As a result, this Crumble was sweet, tart, full of flavor and a win with the Riske family after dinner tonight!

What you will need

The basis of a crumble is fruit, butter and flour for the topping, with a few other ingredients mixed in. Using a large baking dish is essential, as you will want to spread out the fruit and topping so it can bake evenly. If you want to make a thicker crumble, I recommend try making it into two separate 4 X 8 pans, mainly because you want the topping to bake and get crispy while still cooking the fruit base.

Making a fruit crumble depends on what fruits you have on-hand. For example, peaches, raspberries, cherries, blueberries, cherries and apples are great choices as they have excess moisture in the fruit that helps to create the delicious sauce. The fruit juices also rise up to the oats and help to flavor them and cook them to a nice crispy topping.

To make the perfect crumble topping, the base is melted butter and oats. Personally, using Old Fashioned Oats is the way to go. Old Fashioned Oats stay together while baking, gives the crumble a firmer topping and provide a nuttier flavor when cooked.

Three Berry Crumble Recipe

Ingredients

9 X 13 baking dish
6 cups fruit, fresh or frozen
4 Tbsp corn starch
4 Tbsp white sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup Old Fashioned Oats, uncooked
1 cup flour
4 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon

Butter in glass Pyres measuring bowl

Three Berry Crumble Directions

1. Spray a 9 X 13 baking dish with non-stick spray and then set aside.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
3. Place 1/2 cup butter in a Pyrex microwave safe bowl and then melt in the microwave for 1 1/2 minutes. When done, remove from the microwave and set on the counter. I like using a large glass measuring bowl, as it is microwavable and then can be used to mix in the crumble ingredients.

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4. Into the melted butter, add 1 cup Old Fashioned Oats and then stir to combine.
Watch out for the kids, if you have any, because they will thief the fruit as you try to make the dessert. Not that we will ever stop our kids from eating fruit… but still… you’d think Matthew would wash his hands before digging into the dish. Oy.

5. Stir in 1 cup flour to the butter and oats mixture in the Pyrex measuring bowl until combined.
After he was forced to wash his hands, Matthew then came to help me stir the flour into the Old-Fashioned Oats. He even agreed to let me take his picture! How cool is that?! As a result, there are quite a few pictures of Matthew in this post.

But seriously, Matthew is our middle son and HATES having his picture taken! To have him allow me to take his picture, asking, “are you going to blog me?” was just the cutest.

Matthew sitting on stool at countertop looking at camera

Most of the time…

Matthew squinting silly at camera

6. Into the oats and flour mixture, add 4 Tbsp brown sugar and 1 Tbsp cinnamon. Then mix well.
Letting our kids help make food is the best, because I want them to be able to cook when they leave our house one day. Hopefully. As much as I could make this dessert and have it in the oven in half the time, allowing the kids to help creates fun memories and skills for a lifetime.

7. Place 6 cups of fruit, fresh or frozen, into the 9 X 13 prepared baking dish.
In our freezer, we had bags of frozen blueberries, raspberries and cherries. In the last few years, we went cherry picking in Door County, Wisconsin. We also picked blueberries at a local farm, and the raspberries were from our old garden.

*Pro Tip* To freeze fruit, you do not need to cook it ahead of time. Just make sure to wash it really well, drain it, and place a piece of wax paper on a rimmed baking sheet. Then, lay the washed fruit on the wax paper in a single layer and place the dish into the freezer. Once frozen, you can then lift the wax paper and pour the frozen fruit into a gallon-sized freezer bag, having freeze the fruit on a sheet you can scoop out the fruit as you need it.

8. Sprinkle 4 Tbsp corn starch onto fruit.
The corn starch will work with the fruit juices to make it not runny, but nice and thick.

corn starch sprinkled over berries in baking dish

9. Sprinkle 4 Tbsp sugar onto the fruit. Then, stir to blend in the corn starch and sugar into the fruit. As a result, the sugar will help to cut down on the tartness of the berries.

Elliana thinks her big brother Matthew is awesome.

crumble approved with Matthew giving thumbs up to camera

10. Top the fruit with the oat mixture. Press down with your hands or a flat-bottomed pan.

11. Bake for 45-60 minutes, or until the top is browned and crispy.

Three Berry Crumble out of oven and resting on countertop

Let cool for 10 minutes before eating. Trust me, the fruit juices will be HOT! Finally, serve this Three Berry Crumble with some delicious French Vanilla ice cream and enjoy!
~Monica

closeup of crumble with spoon in baking pan

Three Berry Crumble Directions

Ingredients for Berry Crumble

9 X 13 baking dish
6 cups fruit
4 Tbsp corn starch
4 Tbsp sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup Old Fashioned Oats
1 cup flour
4 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon

Three Berry Crumble Directions

1. Spray a 9 X 13 baking dish with non-stick spray and then set aside.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
3. Place 1/2 cup butter in a microwave safe bowl and then melt it in the microwave for 1 1/2 minutes. When done, remove from the microwave and set on the counter.
4. Into the melted butter, add 1 cup Old Fashioned Oats and then stir to combine.
5. Stir in 1 cup flour to the butter and oats mixture until combined.
6. Into the oats and flour mixture, add 4 Tbsp brown sugar and 1 Tbsp cinnamon. Then mix well.
7. Place 6 cups of fruit, fresh or frozen, into the 9 X 13 prepared baking dish.
8. Sprinkle 4 Tbsp corn starch evenly onto fruit.
9. Next, measure and add 4 Tbsp sugar onto the fruit. Then, stir to blend in the corn starch and sugar into the fruit.
10. Top the fruit with the oat mixture. Finally, press down on the crumble topping with your hands or a flat-bottomed pan.
11. Bake for 45-60 minutes, or until the top is browned and crispy.
Let cool for 10 minutes before eating. Trust me, the fruit juices will be HOT!
Enjoy!
~Monica

Matthew in background crumble in foreground

Published by Monica's Scratch Kitchen

I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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