I love a good crumble. Not only are they absolutely delicious, but they’re also very easy to prepare. This blueberry crumble is no exception to both of those things.
When my boyfriend came home with over half a kilo of fresh blueberries (“they were on sale!”) I was very excited because I love blueberries – in my yoghurt, as a snack; yum. They’re also an excellent ingredient to bake with, though, and I got to thinking about what I should make. Last year, I baked an amazing blueberry pie, but seeing as we’re still in social isolation and we’re hardly going to eat an entire pie by ourselves, that didn’t seem like a great recipe to repeat now.
And then I remembered that two of my best friends gave me the cutest small casserole dishes for my birthday (months ago). They told me it would be great for making crumbles for just two people – and that’s exactly what I ended up doing! I made this crumble right before dinner, so it would still be warm when we ate it, and two hours later, it was gone completely, and my boyfriend and I were both very content.
You could easily scale up this recipe if you want to make it for more than two people – just double or triple the ingredients and use a larger oven dish. As it is, though, it’s a perfect recipe for just two people. Or one! You’ll have some for the next day – or just eat the entire thing by yourself. Why not?
For the filling
- 200 g fresh blueberries
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
For the crumble
- 40 g plain flour
- 40 g cane sugar (or any sugar you’ve got on hand)
- 40 g butter
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- almond flakes or halved almonds
- a small oven/casserole dish
- and an oven, of course! This crumble needs to be baked at 180 °C (don’t forget to preheat your oven!)
So, let’s get baking!
1. Mix together the crumble ingredients except for the almonds Take a bowl and mix together the flour, sugar, cinnamon, and butter. This won’t work very well if you try to use a spoon or a whisk. Perhaps an electric mixer would work, but I just used my hands since the crumble will become quite dough-y. So, just rub the butter into the other ingredients with your hands.
2. Prepare the fruit and the dish Mix together the blueberries with the lemon juice, sugar and cornstarch. Next, butter your casserole dish and then transfer the blueberry mixture into it.
3. Add the crumble to the dish and sprinkle with almond flakes Now, it’s time to divide the crumble mixture over the fruit in the dish. It’s okay to still see fruit through the crumble, just make sure it’s evenly spread out over it. Now, as a finishing touch, sprinkle the almond flakes or halved almonds over the top.
4. Bake that crumble! Put your dish into your preheated oven, and bake the crumble for about 20 minutes (the top needs to be slightly golden brown).
And that’s it! You’ve got your own, delicious blueberry crumble for two! I’d recommend eating it while it’s still warm, with a bit of vanilla ice cream on the side. Yum!