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Crumble Topping

 

How to make crumble toppings plus a collection of alternative sweet and savoury crumble topping recipes

 

Jump to :-      How to make a basic Crumble Topping  |   Alternative Crumble Toppings  | Sweet Crumble Topping Recipes   |  Savoury Crumble Topping Recipes  |   Complete Crumble Recipes

 

Apple Crumble

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See also:  Crumbles

 

There have been many adaptations and additions made to the traditional apple crumble recipe over the years including the use of different fillings, baking it in a tart form, making individual portion crumbles and making savoury crumbles. However, it remains that whatever the filling, the crumble topping should be relatively crumbly.

 

 

How to make a basic Crumble Topping
 

The basic crumble mix is half fat to flour and the same amount of sugar as fat (or a little more if you want it sweeter). So in general to make enough of the crumble mixture to serve 4 you will need

100g/4oz Flour
50g/2oz Butter or Margarine
50g/2oz Sugar

The above portions give a relatively shallow crumble topping. If you like a lot of crumble, then use

175g/6oz Flour
75g/3oz Butter or margarine
75g/3oz Sugar

 

To start, the butter should be rubbed into the flour until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs, then the sugar is stirred into the flour/butter mixture until evenly distributed.

 

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Alternative Crumble Topping Ideas 

 

Crumble toppings can be easily adapted with the addition of particular ingredients which may go particularly well with various different fillings. Here are some ideas to make delicious alternative crumble toppings to make your crumbles extra special. All the recipes below will serve 4-6  -  with the addition of the fillings of course! Simply make up the normal crumble topping as usual by rubbing the fat into the flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs then stir in the sugar if using, and the remaining ingredients.

 

Sweet Crumble Toppings

 

Oat Crumble Topping

100g/4oz Flour
75g/3oz Butter or margarine
75g/3oz Sugar
50g/2oz Rolled Oats

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Wholemeal Sesame Crumble Topping

175g/6oz Wholemeal Flour
75g/3oz Butter or margarine
75g/3oz Brown Sugar
1 tbsp Sesame Seeds

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Coconut Crumble Topping

125g/5oz Flour
75g/3oz Butter or margarine
75g/3oz Sugar
25g/1oz Desiccated (Shredded) Coconut

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Amaretti Crumble Topping

100g/4oz Flour
75g/3oz Butter or margarine
75g/3oz Sugar
50g/2oz crushed Amaretti Biscuits
 

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Ginger Crumble Topping

100g/4oz Flour
75g/3oz Butter or margarine
75g/3oz Sugar
50g/2oz crushed Gingernut Biscuits

Hazelnut Crumble Topping

100g/4oz Flour
75g/3oz Butter or margarine
75g/3oz Sugar
50g/2oz Chopped Hazelnuts
 

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Walnut Crumble Topping

100g/4oz Flour
75g/3oz Butter or margarine
75g/3oz Sugar
50g/2oz Chopped Walnuts
 

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Almond Crumble Topping

100g/4oz Flour
75g/3oz Butter
75g/3oz Sugar
50g/2oz Ground or chopped Almonds
 

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Pecan Crumble Topping

100g/4oz Flour
75g/3oz Butter or margarine
75g/3oz Sugar
50g/2oz Chopped Pecans
 

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Muscavado Crumble Topping

175g/6oz Flour
75g/3oz Butter or margarine
75g/3oz Muscavado Sugar

 

 

Savoury Crumble Topping Recipes

 

These are equally good made with white or wholemeal flour. The principle is the same as with sweet crumble toppings, however no sugar is used.

 

Parmesan Crumble Topping

175g/6oz Flour

75g/3oz Butter, softened
50g/2oz Finely Grated Parmesan Cheese
Salt and Black Pepper

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Cheddar Crumble Topping

175g/6oz Flour

75g/3oz Butter, softened
50g/2oz Finely grated Cheddar Cheese
Salt and Black Pepper

 

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Stilton Crumble Topping

175g/6oz Flour

75g/3oz Butter, softened
50g/2oz  Crumbled Stilton Cheese
Black Pepper

 

Spicy Crumble Topping

175g/6oz Flour

75g/3oz Butter, softened
2 teasp Cayenne Pepper
Salt

 

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Parsley Crumble Topping

175g/6oz Flour

75g/3oz Butter, softened
1 tbsp Dried Parsley
Salt and Black Pepper

 

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Herby Crumble Topping

175g/6oz Flour

75g/3oz Butter, softened
2 teasp Dried Mixed herbs
50g/2oz Finely Grated Cheddar Cheese
Salt and Black Pepper

 

Complete Crumble Recipes

Here are just a few complete crumble recipes for you to try but do experiment with different fillings paired with the crumble toppings above. The combinations are endless.

 

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