Pick your blueberries, peaches, apricots, raspberries, or rhubarb, then follow our foolproof formula for a delicious dessert.

By Victoria Spencer
May 08, 2020
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"People don't like to turn on the oven in summer, I know," says Sarah Carey, our editorial director of food and Martha Stewart's resident fruit dessert expert. Sure, no-bake desserts are wonderful and homemade ice cream is always divine, but there are some desserts worth risking the heat for: Fruit crumbles certainly fall into that category. As Sarah puts it, "If I didn't turn on my oven, how would I ever bake the fruit crumbles, crisps, cobblers, and pies I love most?"

As a matter of fact, Sarah believes no one should miss out on these baked summer desserts, so she's sharing her super-simple Peach Crumble recipe and the formula for making irresistible variations with other fruits. Whether you're a fan of peaches, crazy for rhubarb, just adore apricots, or are mad about berries, here's your route to an irresistible fruit crumble that serves eight.

The Topping

The basic crumble topping of butter, flour, brown sugar, and a touch of salt is the same for all the variations here. Even better, it can be made ahead and refrigerated or frozen, so Sarah suggests making a double batch and saving half for future desserts.

Crumble Creator

Once you master our recipe, try different flavor combinations. The method for assembling these variations is the same as it is for our Peach Crumble.

Blueberry Crumble Filling

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 teaspoons lemon juice

5 teaspoons cornstarch

1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

Raspberry Crumble Filling

5 1/2 cups raspberries

1 cup granulated sugar

5 teaspoons cornstarch

1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

Apricot Crumble Filling

2 pounds apricots, cut into 1/2-inch wedges, about 6 cups

1 cup granulated sugar

2 teaspoons lemon juice

4 teaspoons cornstarch

1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

Rhubarb Crumble Filling

2 pounds rhubarb, thinly sliced, about 6 cups

1 1/4 cups granulated sugar

5 teaspoons cornstarch

1/2 teaspoon coarse salt

Other Crumble Combinations

Crumble is a super adaptable dessert so mix it up and use what you have on hand: Replace a cup of peaches with a cup of raspberries or blueberries in the peach crumble. You could also swap a cup of the fruit in the apricot or rhubarb crumble with a cup of strawberries. Then use these fillings as a starting point for future crumble combinations.

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