Apple-Berry Crumble Dessert

Apple-Berry Crumble Dessert

Maybe your family is blessed with the same mild Thanksgiving curse we are ;). 

That is, our family meal is so incredibly delicious and sometimes everyone can’t resist refilling their plate and … even though desserts ought to get equal attention, they just don’t. This can feel like a curse for those who opted to bring a handmade dessert.

If you love apple pie as much as I do and

  1. Cannot bring yourself to bring a purchased one
  2. Feel as though you must have apple pie on Thanksgiving
  3. Love leftover apple pie / apple desserts
  4. Are willing to spend less than an hour making a dessert to bring


May I gently suggest an Apple / Apple-Berry Crumble Dessert? It’s simple to make, not too sweet, and incredibly delicious on the first and subsequent days if it lasts that long. A pure winner. It’s also a little easier than a pie to transport home if it didn’t get that many nods after dinner (in which case you’re really blessed because it’s great for breakfast).

Use fresh berries if you can or, simply add another apple if you prefer no berries. 

Using frozen berries works beautifully with this trick: Toss frozen berries in flour before adding them to the apples. This helps maintain the “integrity” of the berries, if you will, and keeps them from turning to mush in the end.

Varieties of apples that work best are Fuji, Pink Lady, Opal, or Golden Delicious. Pippin or Granny Smith are a little too tart but if you opt to use them, just add about ¼ cup more of brown sugar.

Topping this with vanilla bean gelato elevates it to the level of the sublime.

Here you go ~ Happy Delicious Thanksgiving and, try to save room for dessert!

Prepare fruit:

3 medium apples, peeled, cored, cut in small cubes
1 cup fresh or frozen berries (one variety or any mix is fine)Zest and juice of one small orange or tangerine
1 Tbs sugar 
½ tsp ground cinnamon

In large bowl, gently toss apple cubes and berries with juice, zest, sugar, and cinnamon, coating fruit well. Transfer to 8” or 9” square or ceramic baking dish or small casserole dish.

Prepare topping:

1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup whole or quick-cooking oats
1/4 cup Grape Nuts cereal (may use oats for this instead)
1/3 cup brown sugar, firmly packed (light or dark is fine)
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
4 Tbs unsalted butter, melted and cooled

Preheat oven to 350F.

In medium bowl, combine first 7 ingredients well. Add melted butter, mixing to make sure every crumb is blended in. With clean hands or spoon, top fruit evenly with topping. Bake for 25-30 minutes until top is lightly browned; juice from the fruit may be bubbling around the edges. Let cool slightly before serving.

Yields about 6 servings; recipe may be easily multiplied with excellent results.

Diana Scalia

Diana Scalia

Your Chef and Tour Maestra

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