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Monday, September 12, 2011

Rooting around in my freezer the other day, I found a bunch of partial bags of frozen fruit...along with some pie dough. I love freezer finds, don't you? I even found the crumble topping in the freezer for the dessert. I just added a little bit more to it to make sure I had enough to cover the pie. The outcome of these finds was this delicious fruity dessert. The one thing I did NOT find was vanilla ice cream, though...so we made due with whipped cream. I think I should really inspect my freezer more often...who knows what's waiting for me!

Mixed Fruit Crumble

2 cups frozen mixed fruit – I used a mixture of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and peaches
1 pie crust for a 9-inch pie pan
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
½ cup oatmeal – pulsed in the food processor
¼ - 1/3 cup brown sugar
¼ cup chopped pecans
¼ cup cold butter

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix sugar and cornstarch together and pour over fruit. Toss well and set aside.

Roll out pie dough to fit in the pie pan. Seal and crimp edges. Pour sugared fruit into pie shell.

Combine oatmeal, brown sugar, nuts and butter into a medium sized bowl. Blend with pastry blender or fork until crumbly. Sprinkle over fruit.

Bake crumble for about 45 minutes or until crust is golden brown and mixture is bubbly.

Here's what I started with. You can use 
fresh fruit, of course or any combo of fruit.

I used regular rolled oats in this but the 1 
minute kind would work. I pulsed the oats 
in the food processor to make them a little finer.

Blend the oats, brown sugar, butter 
and pecans with a pastry blender.

Roll out your pie dough and place it in the pan. 
Combine the cornstarch and sugar and mix it 
with the fruit. Pour the fruit mixture into your 
prepared pie pan then sprinkle with the topping.

Bake it up and dig in!!


  1. Yum! I love crumbles! I usually just make apple, but other fruits sound great too!

  2. Thanks, Erin. This was delish! It's amazing how a bunch of "thrown together" ingredients can transform into something so good!