Basic Crumble Topping (Freeze for fruit crumbles)

Do you have lots of fruit hanging about in your pantry, freezer or fridge? Maybe it’s fresh out of your garden…lucky you! This crumble topping is the BEST way to use up your fruits by making divine fruit crumbles.

Crumble topping in a glass bowl all mixed together

Apple crumble is one of my signature desserts. Growing up, my mom and dad both made this recipe, so it’s still one of my favourites. The crumble recipe is so good that my younger brother used to eat it on its own.

This basic crumble topping is soft, sweet, a little bit crunchy, oh and did I mention delicious?

Did you know that you can freeze crumble topping? It’s a must have in your freezer. Ready to go on short notice, so you can get a dessert or dish out on the table when you’re too busy to make something.

When you stock up on ingredients for your family, making ready-to-go meals and desserts like this crumble recipe is a great way to preserve the ingredients and make something your family will enjoy.

I love to make a double batch of crumble topping when I make apple crumble because we love a thick helping of crumble with our fruit. 

Apple crumble with crumble topping

If you want to freeze this crumble topping, try doubling or tripling the recipe so you can keep more on hand in your freezer. Why not since you’re already making a batch?

You can even use this crumble topping on muffins, cakes, or sweet bread. It tastes amazing with a sprinkle of cinnamon and brown sugar on top.

Don’t forget to grab fresh cream or make a batch of my favourite condensed milk ice cream when it’s time to make apple or fruit crumble.

Why is This Crumble Topping the Best? 

  • Made from simple pantry ingredients
  • Simple and quick to make in less than 10 minutes
  • Can be stored in a Ziplock bag in the freezer
  • Taste oh so good!

Basic Crumble Topping Ingredients

Flour – All-purpose flour, and of course, unbleached!
Baking Powder 
Butter – 
I always bake with salted butter, but you can use unsalted if you like. 
White Sugar – 
Standard white sugar is used in this crumble mixture to help create the crunch this crumble has.
Rolled Oats – Rich in fibre, oats add texture and a lovely nutty flavour.

Fruit Crumble Variations 

  • Apple crumble
  • Rhubarb crumble
  • Berry crumble
  • Peach crumble
  • Cherry crumble

Tips to Make Crumble Topping

  • Pop the butter out on the bench for an hour or so before making your crumble so it can get to room temperature. Don’t use melted butter, the flour will soak it up and this recipe won’t work.
  • Cut the butter up into cubes to help with rubbing it into the dry ingredients.
  • Crumble topping can be over-mixed if you try to use a hand beater or mixer. It’s best to rub the ingredients together by hand.

Crumble Topping Recipe

You can get the full printable recipe in the card below. 

Step One – Sift flour and baking powder into a large bowl. Add the softened butter to the dry ingredients. Rub the butter into the dry ingredients until it begins to look like breadcrumbs.

Step Two – Add the sugar and mix to combine. 

Step Three – Add the rolled oats and mix the crumble topping to combine all the ingredients together. 

Step Four – Freeze in a Ziplock bag for later or pour over fruit to make a crumble.

When freezing crumble topping, make sure it is raw (not baked).

Sprinkle this crumble over your fruit crumble and bake for 30 minutes at 190 degrees or until the fruit is tender.

You can check out my apple crumble recipe for more details on making the entire dessert.

Crumble Topping FAQs

What Are The Best oats to use?

Rolled oats or old-fashioned oats are best for this recipe. I wouldn’t recommend instant oats as they are too powdery for this recipe.

Can I Just Use Self-Rising Flour?

Yes, use the same amount of flour but omit the baking powder if you use self-rising flour.

How To Store this Crumble Topping?

In an airtight container or Ziplock bag in the freezer. This can be stored for months, make sure to label your freezer stock so you know what it is later on.

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Yield: 6 Serves (1 Crumble)

Basic Crumble Topping (Freezer Friendly)

Crumble topping in a crystal bowl with lavender around the bowl

Do you have lots of fruit hanging about in your pantry, freezer or fridge? Maybe it's fresh out of your garden…lucky you! This crumble topping is the BEST way to use up your fruits by making divine fruit crumbles. Plus you can pop this crumble topping in the freezer to use later!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup oats
  • 80g butter, soft and cubed
  • 1/2 cup white sugar

Instructions

  1. Sift flour and baking powder into a large bowl. Add the softened butter to the dry ingredients. Rub the butter into the dry ingredients until it begins to look like breadcrumbs.
  2. Add the sugar and mix to combine.
  3. Add the rolled oats and mix the crumble topping to combine all the ingredients together.
  4. Freeze in a Ziplock bag for later or pour over fruit. When freezing crumble topping, make sure it is raw (not baked). Sprinkle this crumble over your fruit crumble and bake for 30 minutes at 190 degrees or until the fruit is tender. You can check out my apple crumble recipe for more details on making the entire dessert.

Notes

  • Pop the butter out on the bench for an hour or so before making your crumble so it can get to room temperature. Don’t use melted butter, the flour will soak it up and this recipe won’t work.
  • Cut the butter up into cubes to help with rubbing it into the dry ingredients.
  • Crumble topping can be over-mixed if you try to use a hand beater or mixer. It’s best to rub the ingredients together by hand.
  • This crumble topping is delish with apples, peaches, berries, rhubarb or cherries.
  • Double the mixture for a thicker crumble topping.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 250Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 168mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 2gSugar: 17gProtein: 3g

Estimated nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is not guaranteed.

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