Prep 20 mins
Cook 45 mins
Crumbles and crisps are the same thing, a baked fruit dessert with a crisp and crumbly topping. They’re as popular as fruit tarts and require much less work.
For the filling
- 2 1⁄2 lbs ripe but firm nectarines, pitted and sliced
- 1⁄4 cup light brown sugar
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 cup blueberries
For the topping
- 1⁄4 cup pecans
- 3⁄4 cup rolled oats
- 1⁄2 cup whole wheat pastry flour or 1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1⁄4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar or 1⁄4 cup raw turbinado sugar
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
- cream or whipped cream or vanilla yogurt or plain yogurt, for serving
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Butter a 2 to 2-1/2-quart baking dish or gratin.
- Toss together the ingredients for the filling in a large bowl, then turn friot into the prepared dish.
- Heat the pecans in a small dry skillet over medium heat, shaking the pan or stirring the nuts, until they begin to smell toasty.
- Remove from the skillet at once and chop the nuts coarsely.
- Mix together the oats, flour, sugar, salt and nutmeg in a large bowl or in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade.
- Cut the butter into small pieces and work it into the flour mixture, either by taking up the mixture in handfuls and rubbing it briskly between your fingers and thumbs, or by using the pulse action in the food processor.
- The topping should have a crumbly consistency.
- Stir in the pecans.
- Spoon the crumble topping over the fruit in an even layer.
- Bake until browned, about 45 minutes.
- Serve warm, with cream or yogurt if you wish.
- Advance preparation: The topping will hold for a few hours in the refrigerator.
- The crumble can be baked a couple of hours ahead and reheated.
Delicious! A Summer hit! Used nectarines from backyard tree. Was a little dry though. Added cornstarch to the filling the second time I made it to make it more saucy. Served with vanilla ice cream.