This Blueberry Crumble’s (an Easy to Make Recipe) origin is unknown. It is thought to have originated with my mother’s step-mother. From research, crumbles have existed in some form pre-dating the 20th century. Popularity increased throughout the British Isles during the early to mid-20th century. The rise in popularity, particularly in the Republic of Ireland, was due to the institution of rationing during World War II.
With rationing, came the need for alternatives to pie crust. This gave rise to the crumble topping and simplicity of ingredients. A quick review of the ingredient list shows that most of this recipe is comprised of common pantry items. With the exception of the chocolate graham cracker crumbs, most items should be on hand. The chocolate graham cracker crumbs can be substituted with regular graham cracker crumbs. If you are familiar with a fruit crisp, this recipe should seem familiar.
Speaking of substitutions, the filling is versatile. Similar to a blueberry crisp, Apples, blackberries and plums can be swapped out for the blueberries. Play with the addition of spices. A nice addition to the flavor profile would be adding some chai spice. Add some nutmeg and cloves to apples. Go in an entirely different direction and make it a savory dish.
As the title implies, Blueberry crumble (an Easy to Make Recipe), is easy to make and comes together quickly. The recipe doesn’t require any special skills. It also doesn’t employ any exotic ingredients. It does, however, deliver big flavor and the topping provides a nice light crunch texture.
Blueberry Crumble (Easy to make Recipe)
This Blueberry Crumble recipe is easy to make and comes together quickly.
- 5 cups Blueberries (Fresh)
- 1/2 cup Sugar (Granulated)
- 1/4 cup Cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice (Fresh)
- 1 tablespoon Orange Zest
- 2 teaspoon Cinnamon (Divided)
- 1/4 cup Oats (Old-fashioned)
- 1/4 cup Flour (All-purpose)
- 1/4 cup Graham cracker crumbs (Chocolate)
- 3 tablespoons Brown Sugar (Light brown; firmly packed)
- 3 tablespoons butter (Unsalted; melted)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt (kosher)
Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a large bowl, stir together blueberries, granulated sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, orange zest and one teaspoon of the cinnamon until well combined.
Pour mixture into a 9-inch pie plate.
In a medium bowl, stir together oats, flour, chocolate graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, remaining cinnamon, melted butter and salt.
Stir until mixture is crumbly.
Sprinkle oat mixture over blueberry mixture.
Bake until topping is golden brown and filling is bubbly, 35 to 40 minutes.
Finishing Touches for a Blueberry Crumble (an Easy to Make Recipe:
- As a finishing touch when serving, consider topping with some vanilla Ice Cream.
- Alternatively, a fresh batch of Whipped Cream would make a nice finish.
- For a similar Blueberry Crumble recipe, take a look here.