Easy Mix-and-Match Fruit Crumble

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Grab whatever fruit is in season (or in your fridge!) for this versatile recipe for Easy Mix-and-Match Fruit Crumble starring the best-ever topping made with a surprising twist.

A cast-iron skillet with fruit crumble topped with ice cream

Let’s get ready to crumbbbbllllleeeee!

Easy Mix-and-Match Fruit Crumble, that is. But I’m not talking about just another ordinary crumble recipe, but rather a crumble template (crumplate?) that will give you the power to whip up a warm dessert with any fruit imaginable. I’m talking berries, peaches, plums, apples, pears or any other seasonal fruit you can get your hands on.

Strawberries, raspberries and blueberries in a glass bowl with flour

All you need is 6 cups of your fruit (or fruits, hence the “mix-and-match”) of choice, plus this easier-than-ever crumb topping that’s made even that much easier because it’s whipped up with your fingers instead of forks. The result? A dessert that will seduce every last scoop of ice cream on Earth to mosey on over and complete the trifecta of fresh fruit, buttery streusel and a frozen topping.

A glass bowl containing brown sugar, flour, thyme and lemon zest

Think of this as a guide more so than a recipe, and don’t be afraid to let your fruit crumble freak flag fly. Pineapple and cherries? Go for it! Rhubarb and blackberry? Get ‘er done! Strawberries and grapes? Oh yes you did!

What Fruit Can You Use In a Crumble?

Berries of all varieties, apples, pears, stone fruits and even pineapple are all fair game for a top-notch crumble. All of those fruits are juicy enough to bake up into a bubbly jam-like consistency.

A hand pinching together crumble topping

I’ve opted for a trifecta of strawberries, raspberries and blueberries in the version pictured here, but one of my surprisingly favorite combos is pineapple and blackberries. The two polar opposite flavors work wonders when it comes to dessert success.

What Makes this the Best Fruit Crumble Topping Recipe?

Three distinctive ingredients: fresh thyme, fresh lemon zest and baking powder!

Fresh herbs and fruit are a great accompaniment (we all know how I feel about strawberries and rosemary!), with thyme, rosemary and basil being my thress favorite options when it comes to dessert.

A cast-iron skillet filled with fruit crumble

This fruit crumble topping is cookie-like, with a moist, chewy texture and an herby, lemony flavor that catapults this crumble from ordinary to extraordinary.

What Are Some Great Fruit and Herb Pairings?

Strawberries are the easiest to pair and taste great with thyme, rosemary or basil.

Pineapple and basil is a surprisingly stellar combo, as are apples and pears with rosemary for a more wintery spin.

A cast-iron skillet containing mix-and-match fruit crumble topped with ice cream

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Easy Mix-and-Match Fruit Crumble

Grab whatever fruit is in season (or in your fridge!) for this versatile recipe for Easy Mix-and-Match Fruit Crumble starring the best-ever topping made with a surprising twist.
Author: Kelly Senyei
5 from 12 votes
A cast-iron skillet with fruit crumble topped with ice cream
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 6 servings


For the fruit filling:

  • 6 cups fresh fruit (See Kelly’s Notes)
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice

For the crumble topping:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 Tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cubed and room temp


Make the fruit filling:

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease an 8-inch square baking dish or a 10-inch cast-iron skillet with cooking spray or butter.
  • In a large bowl, toss together the fruit with the flour, sugar and lemon juice. (See Kelly’s Notes for adjusting quantities.)
  • Pour the fruit filling into the prepared baking dish and set it aside.

Make the crumble topping:

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, thyme, lemon zest and salt. Add the cubed butter, and using your fingers, work it into the flour mixture until moist clumps form.
  • Sprinkle the crumble mixture evenly atop the fruit then place the baking dish atop a baking sheet.
  • Bake the crumble for 35 to 40 minutes until the crumble topping is golden brown and the fruit is bubbling. Let it cool 5 minutes then serve topped with ice cream or whipped cream.

Kelly’s Notes:

  • Any variety or combination of fruit will work great in this recipe, such as strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, peaches, plums, etc.
  • Adjust the amount of flour and lemon juice in the fruit filling depending on the juiciness and sweetness of the fruit. Fruits with more liquids (such as peaches) may require more flour, while tarter fruits (such as blackberries) may require less (or no) lemon juice.


Calories: 443kcal, Carbohydrates: 76g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 40mg, Sodium: 249mg, Potassium: 350mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 49g, Vitamin A: 1300IU, Vitamin C: 11mg, Calcium: 75mg, Iron: 2mg


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  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is my go-to! It is so good and so easy. I absolutely love adding lemon thyme to it, and usually do a rhubarb/strawberry combo with whatever other fruit I have on hand.

    I have a gluten free husband and easily swap GF cup-for-cup flour with great results. I also usually add in some rolled oats too for a crumble/crisp combo. 10/10!

  2. When the comments mention they use oats, are they subbing something or adding in addition to all the other ingredients?

  3. Hi Kelly
    I ‘d like to make this dish but could you clarify this please
    step 2 in Make the Crumble Topping
    “ and then place the baking dish ( that has the fruit and crumble) atop a baking sheet.”
    Thank you

    1. Hi Marion! If you are using an 8-inch square baking dish, I recommend placing it on a baking sheet just in case the filling bubbles over so you won’t end up with a mess in your oven. I hope that helps!

    1. Hi Julie! I’ve never tried freezing it, but it should work! You can either freeze the entire crumble in a freezer-safe baking dish, wrapped tightly in plastic wrap so that it’s airtight, or you can freeze the filling and the topping separately in airtight containers. It’ll last up to 3 months in the freezer.

  4. is it okay if i do not have all the ingredients its because i need to pick to fruits for school. which do you recommend however it can not be apple

    1. Hi Jack! Any combination of fruits works, including berries, peaches, plums, pears or any other seasonal fruit you can get your hands on.

    1. Hi Chell! Yes, but be careful of excess moisture. You may want to thaw the fruit and drain it first. Looking forward to hearing your results!

  5. 5 stars
    This was soo easy and delicious. I just used a bag of frozen fruit for smoothies (strawberries, mangoes, pineapple, peaches) and couldn’t get enough of it.

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