Strawberry Crumble

To be honest, crumble is a dessert I can do without. The only time I even thought of making crumble is when I have packets of frozen berries that were meant for smoothies that never happened.

As you may all know, part of the moving process entails the task of cleaning out your fridge and freezer. You don’t want to know how many things I have to throw out  despite my last minute effort  as seen here and some unseen ones.

I must admit, it kinda hurts. Hence my last attempt to salvage whatever I can on the final day before the move, I’ve made this strawberry crumble.  Yep, I have saved them from the life of decomposing with other food waste. :)

Strawberry Crumble

(A Fuss Free Cooking Recipe)

Prep time: 10 – 15 minutes

Cooking time: 30 – 35 minutes


  • 700g frozen strawberry, sliced into half (fresh strawberries are okay too)
  • 3 tbsp icing sugar (adjust according to the tartness of the strawberries)

Crumble Toppings:

  • 3/4 cup self raising flour
  • 100 g butter, diced & cold
  • 2 tbps demerara sugar (or normal sugar)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup almond flakes
  • 3/4 cup cornflakes, roughly crushed (rolled oats)


  • Preheat oven to `180 degree C (356  degrees F) – reduce the temperature by 20 degrees C / 68 degrees F if you are using fan-force oven.
  • Lightly process butter and flour until resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Alternatively, use the rub-in method i.e. use the tip of your fingers and “rub” the butter and flour together (try to work quickly if using this method as the temperature from your hand will melt the butter a little.)
  • Once you have the “crumbs” ready, add in sugar, ground cinnamon, almond flakes and crushed cornflakes. Mix well and set aside.

  • Add strawberries into an oven-proof dish. Then add, icing sugar as well as flour and mix to combine.

  • Then sprinkle the crumbs on top of the strawberries.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 30 – 35 minutes or until the toppings becomes golden brown and crunchy looking.

PS: There’s a microwave version – apple walnut crips posted on Zestyflavors. It’s so easy and quick – I think this would be perfect for a sneaky midnight snack. :)

42 Responses to Strawberry Crumble
  1. Stephanie
    January 23, 2011 | 1:56 am

    Mmmm, this looks great! And it always feels good to find a use for foods instead of wasting them. A crumble may not be your first choice for dessert but this looks like a wonderful alternative to trash!

    • Emily
      January 23, 2011 | 2:41 am

      That’s true. I like crumble for its versatility. :)

  2. meemsnyc
    January 23, 2011 | 2:39 am

    Yummy, I love crumbles.

    • Emily
      January 23, 2011 | 2:41 am

      Thanks. I don’t mind it. :)

  3. Tiffany
    January 23, 2011 | 2:45 am

    Looks tasty! Also, what’s demerara sugar?

    • Emily
      January 23, 2011 | 3:08 am

      Thanks Tiffany. Demerara is actually natural brown sugar crystals (to add crunchiness to the toppings), unlike the molasses-like brown sugar.

  4. Kim-Liv Life
    January 23, 2011 | 3:58 am

    MMM!!! An excellent recipe!! Our strawberry season here in CA is just kicking in, I’m eager to try this!

    • Emily
      January 23, 2011 | 11:42 am

      What a perfectly timed post then? lol. Thank you for your lovely comment. :D

  5. Mikaela Cowles
    January 23, 2011 | 8:45 am

    This makes me think I should run out and buy frozen berries. Lovely!

    • Emily
      January 23, 2011 | 11:42 am

      Thanks Mikaela. This is quite a comforting dessert especially during winter..mmmm.

  6. chocolatesuze
    January 23, 2011 | 1:29 pm

    ooh i like the addition of cornflakes yum!

    • Emily
      January 23, 2011 | 11:25 pm

      Thanks Suze. My another attempt to “crunchitize” the crumble, hehe!

  7. Amy Bakes Everything
    January 23, 2011 | 1:42 pm

    I love the cornflakes! Crumbles and crisps are like the soup of fruit – you can clean out your fridge and not feel guilty about throwing anything out! Great job!

    • Emily
      January 23, 2011 | 11:24 pm

      I like that – crumbles and crisps are like the soup of fruit – and it’s soooo true!!! I know, I don’t feel guilty about my strawberries but unfortunately I can’t say the same about my other half emptied sauces and milk. :(

  8. Liz
    January 23, 2011 | 2:26 pm

    I’m embarrassed to say that I’ve never baked anything with strawberries! We love cobblers, pies and crisps, so a strawberry crumble would surely be a hit!

    • Emily
      January 23, 2011 | 11:22 pm

      On the contrary, among the berry families, strawberry is my favourite, and also the cheaper option as compared to others in Australia. I took this to my friend’s place and we finished it while watching Easy A. comforting. :D

  9. Mary
    January 23, 2011 | 5:03 pm

    It dead winter here, so you can imagine how wonderful your crumble looks to me. I’m new to your blog and have just spent some time browsing through your earlier entries. I really enjoyed my visit and love the food and recipes you feature here. I’ll be back often. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

    • Emily
      January 23, 2011 | 11:16 pm

      It’s summer here and this doesn’t stop me from making wintery dessert, hehe! :) And thank you very much for your feedback, Mary. I really appreciate it. Take care.

  10. Vaishali
    January 24, 2011 | 6:07 am

    Oh nice! Looks so yummy! I made Apple Crisp today..added oats, brown sugar and all…but cooked in microwave…wanted something quick!
    I posted the recipe on my blog…but urs look soooooooo awesome!

    • Emily
      January 24, 2011 | 1:08 pm

      Microwaved crumble? Wow, just when I thought it couldn’t get any easier. Will check out your version :)

  11. A Little Yumminess
    January 24, 2011 | 7:09 am

    Congrats in the Top 9! Looks yum and we will try when strawberries are in season here!

    • Emily
      January 24, 2011 | 1:10 pm

      Thanks Simran. :) Can’t wait to see it to be featured on your blog then, hehe!

  12. Julie
    January 24, 2011 | 7:47 am

    This is one of those perfect recipe. You can use frozen strawberries all year round. The recipe is not fussy but the dish still looks like you have spent a lot of effort making it. :) Congrats on making top 9! Julie

    • Emily
      January 24, 2011 | 1:14 pm

      Thanks for your lovely comment. :) I guess good food (or dessert in this case) can be effortless… :)

  13. Taz
    January 24, 2011 | 7:56 am

    yum, this looks delicious! I absolutely adore crumble too!

    • Emily
      January 24, 2011 | 1:18 pm

      Thanks Taz. Although I don’t crave for crumble as much as chocolate dessert, whenever there’s crumble in front of me, I would gladly finish it off. I suppose this also makes me a crumble fan, hehe!

  14. Adelina
    January 24, 2011 | 6:59 pm

    I love the simplicity of this recipe. It’s also looks full of flavor!

    • Emily
      January 25, 2011 | 3:06 am

      Thanks Adelina. It’s not bad for an easy dessert. :)

  15. Lacey@
    January 24, 2011 | 8:43 pm

    This looks so amazingly tasty! We’d love for you to post your stuff at!

    • Emily
      January 25, 2011 | 3:08 am

      Will do. Thanks Lacey. :)

  16. Sprinkling of Sugar
    January 24, 2011 | 10:36 pm

    I love just about any fruit in a crumble, warm and sweet…you just can’t go wrong. Thanks for sharing this simple and delicious looking treat, I’m excited to try it out!

    • Emily
      January 25, 2011 | 3:11 am

      I think I only like crumble because it’s easy…hehe! Also, whenever I think I’m not able to finish the fruits before their fridge life, I just freeze them for later….hence many crumbles to come… :P

  17. lil @ sweetsbysillianah
    January 25, 2011 | 12:32 am

    i love the colors in your photos… the crumble sounds delicious! i always have frozen strawberries on hand so i’ll be ready to make this soon. =)

    • Emily
      January 25, 2011 | 3:13 am

      I don’t usually do pink background for my photos but I think the strawberry crumble deserves a special treatment in this case, haha! Good luck in making it and I hope you’ll like it. :)

  18. briarrose
    January 26, 2011 | 12:05 am

    Cool use of corn flakes. ;)

    • Emily
      January 27, 2011 | 11:14 pm

      Thanks. :)

  19. Radhika
    January 27, 2011 | 4:52 pm

    Seems like there is a problem, Avocado and Lime Topped with Pepitas (Pumpkin Seeds) page won’t open up!
    I have been wanting to make it for a while, so planned to do it today and the page won’t open!

    • Emily
      January 27, 2011 | 11:11 pm

      Hi Radhika, I have emailed the recipe to you. Happy baking! :)

  20. Anne @ dealsmeetrecipes
    January 27, 2011 | 11:01 pm


    This looks so good! I can’t wait to try it. I also hate wasting food – that’s why I want to create a recipe website that helps people use whatever ingredients they have at home.

    Thank you for adding the prep time and cooking time. I appreciate the efforts!


    • Emily
      January 31, 2011 | 4:03 am

      No worries Anne!

  21. Jess
    September 26, 2011 | 11:41 pm

    Yummmy! This looks delicous! Don’t worry, I decompose from my freezer and fridge all the time too.

    • Emily
      September 27, 2011 | 3:18 am

      Thanks Jess! Having to move around a lot, it’s often my most faced “crisis” hehe!

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