Crumbles make the most of the bounty of summer berries and stone fruit, transforming them into a striking yet straightforward dessert we'd happily eat all season long. It doesn't take much convincing to put one of these together, but when we learned there was an even easier way to have our crumbles (thanks to a tip from one of our readers), a whole world of crumbles opened up to us, ready to be prepared without much effort whenever the craving struck. The secret weapon? Your freezer.
Freeze Your Way to Crumbles Whenever You Want Them
"At the beginning of the summer, I make a batch of crumb topping and keep it in the freezer. Whenever the craving strikes, or I have fruit that I need to use up, I can make a quick crumble. "
Left in the comments section of our favorite fruit crumble recipe, Amy's tip totally delighted us. So simple and yet, I had never thought of it before.
Here's how to do it.
- Mix up a batch, or two or three, of your favorite crumble topping and freeze it in a single layer on a baking sheet. Be sure to press some larger clumps of the mixture together.
- Once solid, move to a zip-top bag for easy long-term storage. Freezing on the baking sheet prevents one massive block of crumble.
- Anytime you want a crumble, pulls out as little or as much as you need and bake according to your favorite crumble recipe. No need to thaw the topping before baking.