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Crumb Topping

Recipe photo courtesy of Clive Streeter

Prep now and enjoy wonderful pies all summer by making this topping ahead and keeping it in the freezer.

Source: Everyday Food, July/August 2003
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Cook's Notes

You can also toast this topping on a baking sheet in a 350-degree oven for 15 minutes, and sprinkle over ice cream or fresh fruit.

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How would you rate this recipe?
  • amm266
    2 NOV, 2018
    This made no sense. I thought it was to put on top of a cake. I put it on my cake and it just melted right in. Are you supposed to put it on AFTER the cake is baked? The lack of instructions as to how to use this with your cake is a problem.
    • nymommy3
      19 NOV, 2018
      This is not a topping for cakes. This is a traditional topping for crumble PIES.
  • sksaunders3744319
    4 NOV, 2018
    I just used it on top of pumpkin spice muffins and it worked very well. I made the crumble, then refrigerated it while I prepared the muffin batter. I then took small handfuls and crumbled it fine on top of the muffins, then baked. Turned out great! To me, the secret is not using it in the large clumps that the recipe said, but instead crumbling it fine as you sprinkle it on.
  • strufladiva
    15 JUL, 2008
    When I make my crumbs, they don't stay round and firm (like store bought crumb cake) what can I do to give an acceptable presentation?
    • amm266
      2 NOV, 2018
      This made no sense -- I thought this was to put on a cake. I put it on top of my cake but it just melted in. Is it supposed to go on top after the cake is baked? The lack of instruction of how to use it in your cake was really bad.
  • msabrun
    7 AUG, 2017
    This came out so well, so easily. Which is a rare combination for me! This will be my go-to top crust substitute from now on.
    • jfanewyork
      22 OCT, 2018
      So easy and yummy. I will be using this from now on. I did increase the Cinnamon to a bit with fresh ground.
  • iouiou2
    31 MAR, 2018
    This was simple and a perfect way to finish off my banana bread. I did cheat and used my Kitchen Aid mixer to blend it, then I made the crumbs by squeezing the mix back together. I popped the topping in the freezer while my oven was preheating and it was perfect! I Did increase the cinnamon to a tsp (since it was topping banana bread) and we love cinnamon...perfect recipe! Thanks, Cindy (Nutley, NJ)
  • Galey
    28 JUL, 2012
    Jenny Lee - a stick of butter is always a 1/2 cup. Happy Baking!
  • Jenny Lee
    6 JUL, 2012
    The "1 1/2 sticks of butter" ingredient note is unclear--how big are the sticks supposed to be? Another unit of measurement would be great--thanks!
  • Regan
    17 JUL, 2008
    Try refrigerating or freezing them before baking.

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