Individual rhubarb and berry crumbles

By Annabel Langbein, Wednesday 11 January 2012

The trick to not having a soggy crumble is to thicken the fruit juices by mixing a little cornflour into the raw fruit before cooking. I like to make Crumble Topping in bulk as it is handy for so many uses. This recipe makes more than you’ll need for one crumble – the remainder can be frozen or stored in the fridge for up to four weeks
Individual rhubarb and berry crumblesIndividual rhubarb and berry crumbles

Prep time: 5 mins

Cook time: 35–40 mins

Serves: 6–8


Crumble topping:

  • 250g flour
  • 125g ground almonds (or use a total of 375g flour)
  • 375g brown sugar, packed tightly
  • 200g rolled oats, finest cut available
  • 100g almonds, chopped or flaked
  • 2 tsp mixed spice
  • 250g butter, melted

Fruit filling:

  • 500g fresh rhubarb, peeled and chopped into 1cm pieces
  • 400g berries
  • 2 tsp cornflour
  • 125g sugar

To serve:

  • Creme fraiche, vanilla ice cream or whipped cream
  • A few fresh raspberries


Preheat oven to 160°C. First prepare the crumble topping by placing all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stirring well to combine. Add the melted butter and mix with a wooden spoon until evenly combined.

Divide rhubarb and berries between six to eight 15cm ramekins.

Mix the cornflour with the sugar and sprinkle it evenly over the fruit. Spread about 8 tbsp of crumble topping evenly over the fruit in each ramekin, pressing down firmly. Bake until golden and crisp – about 40 minutes. Serve topped with a spoon of creme fraiche, vanilla ice cream or whipped cream and accompanied by fresh raspberries.

Store the remaining crumble topping in the fridge or freezer for later use.

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  • Mel

    Posted: Friday 31 January 2014

    My husband's way of making sure the crumble doesn't get soggy is to cook the crumbs separately on a baking tray, and scatter it over the baked fruit at the end. He saw the technique on a cookery show.


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