Apple And Strawberry Crumble (Winner Recipe)

Apple and strawberry crumble makes the day, even in summer. Topped with a scoop of ice cream, it turns into the perfect bite after a meal.

apple and strawberry crumble

Every apple strawberry recipe is a winner! Apple strawberry crumble is a dessert that tastes better every time you make it. 

It is effortless to make, very quick to prepare, and the most versatile dessert ever! You can put in almost every fruit.

When apples and strawberries are put together, absolute harmony happens. The sweetness of the strawberries complements the tartness of the apples perfectly. 

apple and strawberry crumble

Together, they create a generous amount of fruit goodness that is sure to please even the most discerning palate.

This recipe does not make any exceptions. My apple strawberry crisp with frozen strawberries is the perfect gluten-free apple crumble.

The crumble for this recipe is crunchy and flaky. Oats make strawberry apple crumble a little crispier. Try adding almond flakes for a little extra.

apple and strawberry crumble

For some other sweet bites you may want to try:

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Read on to see how easy it is:

How To Make Apple And Strawberry Crumble, Quick And Easy

Step 1, preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius. 

Step 2, get the dishes well buttered. This will prevent the sugar from sticking to the bottom of the pan.

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Step 3:

Prepare The Fruity Base

apple and strawberry crumble

Strawberry – There are washed and cleaned before freezing, so there wasn’t much I should do here. I did not cut them because I like to see their shape on my plate. It feels more natural and homemade this way.

Apples – Golden apples are my favorite, and they were starting to go bad. At this point, apples begin to get a bit sweeter. Shred them for this recipe, and they will look nicer and blended with the strawberries.

Lemon – First zest a whole lemon and then juice it. The other way around is not handy.

Powdered sugar – You can experiment with other sugars, but I like to keep the sweetness under control. In a good crumble recipe, you are supposed to taste the original fruit tartness. 

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Step 4:

Make The Gluten-Free Crumble

apple and strawberry crumble
  • Oats – Every oat will be perfect. I find that the presence of oats makes the crumble an absolute bliss!
  • Flour – For a gluten-free crumble, use gluten-free flour. Otherwise, regular plain flour works very well too.
  • Caster sugar – Best to use for a crunchy crumble is Demerara sugar. But I used caster sugar here because oats were enough for the ideal crispy texture the crumble needs to have.
  • Cinnamon – Usually add cinnamon to fruit. I added it to the upper layer in this recipe because I like the color it adds.
  • Butter – Some like to melt the butter before adding it to the consistency. For me, cold butter or butter at room temperature helps make breadcrumbs easier.
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Mix all the ingredients gently with the top of your fingertips. You don’t need to do any rubbing here because you are not preparing any dough.

Make sure all the crumbs have some butter in it. They get the golden brown color from butter. 

Strawberry Apple Crumble – Recipe Troubleshooting 

How To Make Crumble Not Dry?

If you are trying to make more or less crumble than usual, you may encounter this problem – the crumble is dry.

To avoid this, add a little bit of melted butter, as little as one tablespoon at a time

Remix and recheck. This way, you can control when the crumble has reached that perfect fatty consistency it needs before baking.

apple and strawberry crumble

How To Fix Wet Crumble

Use cold butter. You have more control over the crumble when you cut the cold butter into cubes and add it in parts. You can feel, this way, with the top of your fingertips, how crunchy the crumble becomes.

Be patient and learn the ratio by practicing until you don’t need to browse for recipes anymore. 

  • Bake separately. If you eat crumble daily, consider baking it in a separate pan.

On parchment paper, spread it evenly and have it ready every time you need it to mix it with the combination of fruits.

Some cooks choose to bake separately when they don’t like how a part of the crumble soaks in the fruit juice. 

They want to have each layer with a different texture. The crumble is really crunchy, and the fruit is squishy and juicy with a hint of syrupy stickiness. 

 If you are part of this group, try baking the crumble separately.

  • Cornstarch. A tiny quantity that makes miracles and solves the problem forever.

Cornstarch is the perfect solution to suck in all the liquids and hold the crumble from sinking into the fruit juice. Potato starch also does the work. 

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How To Fix Doughy Crumble Topping

The quantity is why you have a topping that looks like dough.

You must have gotten the ratio wrong along with the recipe making.

What will bring the topping back into the crunchy texture is:

  • Demerara sugar. If it is not accessible, use any brown sugar with big crystals. 
  • Oats – Oats make the crumble crispy, but in this case, it will bring it back to being crunchy.
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How To Reheat Crumble

Before reheating, ensure your apple and strawberry crumble is at room temperature. Otherwise, let it sit for 20 – 25 minutes until it reaches room temperature.

  • Oven. Pop it in the oven for 20 minutes at 175C or 350F.
  • Microwave. Use a microwave-safe dish to reheat. Use full power at 30 to 35 seconds.

How To Store Crumble

If you plan to refrigerate it, simply wrap the pan. It is safe to use for up to 5 days.

For longer periods, freeze is the solution. Use an airtight container or freezer bag. The topping is safe to use for up to three months.

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FAQs About Strawberry Apple Crumble

Why Is My Apple Crumble Not Crispy?

Wondering why your apple crumble is not crispy? There are several reasons why your apple crumble is not crispy. First, maybe you have not used the right kind of sugar. Second, ingredient quantities are important: not the correct ratio between the flour/butter and the sugar makes the crumble not crispy. Third, the layer of crumble is too thin.

How Do You Make Fruity Crumble?

How Do You Make Fruity Crumble? First, mix flour, oats, and sugar. Then, add butter and mix until the consistency feels like breadcrumbs. Drain and cut any fruit you like to make a fruity crumble. Fruits that make great crumble are stone fruit, berries – all varieties, apples, and pears.

How Do You Make Apple Crumble Crunchy?

Wondering how to make your apple crumble crunchy? Here’s how: First, let the apple crisps cool down. Next, cover with a paper towel. Last, wrap all the dish in plastic wrap. It is safe to leave the apple crumble for two days at room temperature, up to 5 days in the fridge, and freeze it for long-term storage.

crumble with ice cream

Do you like my crumble with a nice scoop of vanilla and chocolate ice cream? Yum!

What about when I top it with a tablespoon of mascarpone cheese? Please, don’t hate me!😋😋

Apple and strawberry crumble is a perfect dessert! I love to have it after every lunch and dinner. My daughter likes having it for breakfast (kids) !!

Besides, it is so simple to prepare! You can use frozen crumbles and cook fresh fruits according to season.

Do the pictures inspire you to give it a try? 

Let me know and send me your suggestions. 🙂

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apple and strawberry crumble

Apple And Strawberry Crumble (Winner Recipe)

  • Author: Neyona
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 56 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Deeelish apple strawberry crumble with the crunchiest crust and a super soft filling with strawberries and apples. Topped with a tablespoon of cream cheese or a scoop of ice cream, this recipe is an absolute winner!


Units Scale

For the crumble:

  • Oats, 1 cup
  • Plain flour 1 cup
  • Caster sugar 1/2 cup
  • Cinnamon 1 tbsp
  • Butter 1/2 cup

For the fruit base:

  • 3 cups strawberries (frozen)
  • 2 cups apples (shredded)
  • 1/2 cups powder sugar
  • 1 lemon (zest and juice)


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
  2. Butter the dishes you will use to bake the crumble.
  3. Shred the apples and mix with strawberries, powdered sugar, and lemon. Let rest.
  4. Gently mix all the dry ingredients of the crumble and then gently rub with the butter. They should look like breadcrumbs in the end.
  5. Layer the fruit first, and then crumble.
  6. Bake 20 – 25 minutes.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: baking
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: dessert; breakfast; apple and strawberry crumble

Did you know that fruit crumble is one of the healthiest desserts out there?

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