How To Make Skillet Mixed Berry Crumble
How To Make Crumble From Scratch
Making crumble from scratch is quick and easy. Using a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients, toss the grated butter over it, and stir in the egg yolks until you get a clumpy sandy mixture. You can also use a blender or food processor to make the crumble. If using this method, cut the butter into small cubes and add it in small batches to the flour mixture, pulsing as you go.
How To Prepare Mixed Berry Filling
If you're using a frozen berry mix, don't forget to thaw it first before baking. In a medium bowl, combine all the berry filling ingredients, toss everything together until sugar is fully dissolved and everything is combined.
How To Assemble Skillet Mixed Berry Crumble
Assembling this warm dessert is very easy! First, pour some of the crumble mixture and press lightly into the cast iron skillet; leave some for the crumble topping. Pour and spread the mixed berry filling evenly and top with the remaining crumble. Serve warm with some ice cream or whipped cream.
Ingredients & Substitutions
- All-Purpose Flour - you can easily substitute the flour for a gluten-free option by using a gluten-free flour or oat flour.
- Baking Powder - this helps the crumble be more fluffy and tender.
- Granulated Sugar - aside from adding sweetness and texture to the crumb mix, sugar also helps caramelization. You can also use brown sugar; its caramel-like flavor goes well with all the components of this dessert recipe. You will be using granulated sugar for both the crumble mix and berry filling.
- Butter - using frozen butter is essential as it will help the flour stick better, making a crumblier texture that we all love in a cobbler. If using unsalted butter, don't forget to add a pinch of salt to the dry ingredients mix.
- Egg Yolks - acts as a binder and helps add moisture, giving more volume to the crumb.
Mixed Berry Filling:
- Fresh Berries - feel free to use your favorite berries. We used strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries berry mix. We sure recommend that you use fresh berries, but you can also use a bag of frozen berries, just thaw it overnight before using.
- Lemon - adds a fabulous bright and vibrant flavor, especially on the mixed berries. You can also add some of the lemon zest and not just its juice.
- Cornstarch - adding cornstarch is just to thicken the berry filling.
- Ground Cinnamon - a touch of cinnamon spice can bring a lot of warm and comforting flavors that go well with this skillet berry crumble recipe.
Tips & Suggestions
- This cast iron dessert is already great on its own but definitely can taste better when served with some vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream or even both!
- If you’re making this ahead of time, you should use a baking dish instead of a skillet since it is not recommended to put a cast-iron skillet in the fridge.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use frozen mixed berries for a berry skillet?
You can use frozen berries but let them sit to thaw either on your kitchen counter or in the fridge overnight. Baking with frozen berries straight out from the freezer can result in a watery skillet crumble.
How to store leftover berry crumble?
Yes, you can store your leftovers in the fridge for up to 3 days. You should transfer your leftover berry crumble to an oven-safe container from the skillet so you can also reheat it easier.
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