Classic Crumble Topping
Crumble toppings, otherwise known as streusel, can adorn any dessert from pies to cakes. Fancy restaurants will even include it as a crisp component to a deconstructed dessert plate. This classic crumble topping recipe is an excellent representative for the toppings that get put on top of stewed fruit or easy pie recipes. This crumble involves a mixture of oats, flour, sugar, and most importantly, butter. Some people may like to use margarine in their dessert recipes because it may be healthier than butter in some ways, but the same texture won’t be achieved in this crumble without the use of butter. Cold butter binds everything together and helps it brown in the oven, whereas margarine is too loose and won’t help the mixture brown to the same extent as the butter. Whatever you choose to use this buttery topping for, rest assured that it would be a satisfying addition to all your easy desserts, including apple crisps, sundaes, cakes, and muffins.
Serving Size: Makes enough to top one 9 inch pie
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1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup uncooked rolled oats
1/3 cup all purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup cold butter, cut into cubes
Mix the brown sugar, oats, flour, and salt until evenly combined.
With your fingertips, blend in the butter pieces until small clumps form and the butter is well incorporated, about 2 minutes.
Sprinkle the topping evenly over the pie filling before baking.
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