June 12, 2015

Individual Strawberry Crumbles

Mini Individual Strawberry Crumbles | Fork Knife Swoon @forkknifeswoon

The first local strawberries arrived in the farmers market (!!!) and I can’t buy them fast enough. In less than a week we’ve devoured two big flats of the juiciest, stain-your-fingers, ruby red berry beauties. Waiting for the season to kick off has been tortuous. In North Carolina last year – when I was also feeding my berry addiction with weekly flats of fresh-picked strawberries at the farm stand down the road – strawberry season was already coming to an end by June.

The girls behind the counter would often ask me if I was making jam. Nope. Well, a few times. I just really love strawberries. Make that, all berries, and if you’re a regular reader then you probably already guessed that. Fresh and eaten by the handful, or baked into sweet and simple fruit desserts, like these strawberry oat crumbles, I just can’t get enough. The many berry-centric recipes on this site represent restraint, believe it or not, lest you all mutiny in the face of my berry obsession.

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Crumbles and crisps are my go-to Summer dessert. There’s really no more perfect way to end a meal than with sweet, peak-season fruit – cherries and strawberries at the moment –  baked until bubbly under a layer of buttery, crispy oat goodness. They’re foolproof, endlessly adaptable and always crowd pleasing.

Most of the time I don’t even use a recipe, but simply fill a baking dish – or a few individual ramekins – with ripe berries and fruit, tossed with a bit of sugar and some lemon juice if I have one on hand, sprinkle on enough crumble topping to cover, and bake until the juices bubble up over the edges. A dusting of confectioners sugar or a scoop of vanilla ice cream is nearly mandatory, and if the weather is nice where you are, these taste even better al fresco.

Mini Individual Strawberry Oat Crumbles | Fork Knife Swoon @forkknifeswoon

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Mini Individual Strawberry Crumbles | Fork Knife Swoon @forkknifeswoon

Individual Strawberry Oat Crumbles

  • Author: Fork Knife Swoon
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 45 mins
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x

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Ingredients

Strawberry Filling

  • 4 cups sliced strawberries
  • 2 Tbsp pure cane sugar
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • optional but recommended: 2 tsp arrowroot starch

Oat Crumble Topping

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour*
  • 1/4 cup (packed) light brown sugar
  • pinch fine sea salt
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter,* softened

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. In a medium mixing bowl, toss together the strawberries, sugar, arrowroot starch and lemon zest, if using. Set aside.
  2. Make the crumble topping: In a small mixing bowl, stir together the oats, flour, brown sugar and salt until combined. Add the butter, and use a pastry blender or your fingers to cut the butter into the dry ingredients. Continue until the butter is completely incorporated, and the mixture comes together into a chunky crumb.
  3. Divide the strawberry mixture between 4 oven-safe ramekins. Top with the crumble topping and bake for 25-30 minutes, until the crumble topping is golden brown and the berry juices begin to bubble. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Serve warm with fresh whipped cream, a scoop of vanilla ice cream and/or a dusting of powdered sugar.

Notes

For a vegan crumble, substitute vegan butter (such as Earth Balance) or room-temperature unrefined coconut oil.

For a gluten free crumble, swap out the all-purpose flour for oat flour, almond flour, or your favorite gluten free flour blend.

 

 

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16 Comments

  • Reply
    Christa
    November 22, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    You list lemon juice in the ingredients but then optional lemon zest in the recipe.

  • Reply
    Melissa
    November 7, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    Just made this tonight for dessert, and it turned out perfect! I didn’t have arrowroot starch and used cornstarch instead. Also subbed the cane sugar for palm sugar, added a pinch of cinnamon to the strawberries and crumble mix. Served with vanilla ice cream. Thank you for such an easy recipe Laura. It was super delicious.

    • Reply
      Laura
      November 14, 2018 at 7:22 pm

      So happy to hear it, thanks, Melissa!!

  • Reply
    Individual Strawberry Crumbles | David Russo's Blog
    July 12, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    […] “A dusting of confectioners sugar or a scoop of vanilla ice cream is nearly mandatory, and if the weather is nice where you are, these taste even better al fresco,” says Laura. We’ll gladly follow suit. For the full post and more mouthwatering recipes, check out Fork Knife Swoon. […]

  • Reply
    Mary @ Fit and Fed
    June 16, 2015 at 7:50 am

    Hi Laura, you’re a girl after my own heart! Fruit crumbles are my go-to dessert all year, or at least as long as my frozen berries last, and I have a light hand with the topping. You have lavender blooming already? It’s not out yet in my garden. What do you say to lavender honey ice cream on blueberry crumble? I can vouch that it’s good….

    • Reply
      Laura
      June 17, 2015 at 5:38 pm

      Thanks, Mary! We have a couple of lavender bushes that seem to bloom nearly year round, but definitely over the last few weeks. It’s been so hot lately, everything is in overdrive! The bees are very happy. That lavender honey ice cream + blueberry crumble sounds divine. Do you have a recipe? 🙂

  • Reply
    Jennie @onesweetmess
    June 16, 2015 at 6:03 am

    There’s no resisting strawberries that look that gorgeous. Love this crumble recipe!

    • Reply
      Laura
      June 17, 2015 at 5:33 pm

      Seriously! Thanks, Jennie!!

  • Reply
    Passade
    June 16, 2015 at 12:39 am

    Hi Laura, this is an awesome recipe. Thanks a lot for sharing. 🙂

  • Reply
    cheri
    June 15, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    Oh I love crumbles and this looks delicious. Your berries look perfect……

    • Reply
      Laura
      June 17, 2015 at 5:33 pm

      Thanks, Cheri! Me too!

  • Reply
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    June 14, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    The perfect summer treat! These sound incredible!

    • Reply
      Laura
      June 14, 2015 at 4:02 pm

      Thank you so much, Katrina!!

  • Reply
    Anna
    June 13, 2015 at 3:12 am

    omg these look absolutely amaziing!!! so yummy

    • Reply
      Laura
      June 14, 2015 at 12:31 pm

      Thank you, Anna!!