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how to make a dessert with blueberries

This is a simple dessert that you can make in less than 5 minutes. It's perfect for any occasion, and it tastes great!

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How to make a dessert with blueberries

This easy blueberry crumble with perfectly cooked blueberries topped with a buttery oat crumble is high on our list of favorites. There’s no fancy equipment needed and you only need about 10 minutes of prep time! Jump to the Blueberry Crumble Recipe

Scooping out blueberry crumble from a serving dish.

Our Secret for the Best Blueberry Crumble

The real secret to our blueberry crumble is in the topping. We use melted butter (or melted coconut oil for a vegan crumble). Most often when looking at the method for making blueberry crumble, you are asked to process or smoosh cold butter into the other crumble ingredients.

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Adding crumble topping to blueberries.

In our recipe, we quicken the process and simply stirring in melted butter. Not only is this quicker and less messy, it makes for a much better crumble topping.

By using melted butter, all of the flour and oats are coated in buttery goodness, which helps them stay put on top of the blueberries. After baking, the topping is made up of golden brown crumbles with just enough crunch to stand up to the dreamy blueberry filling below.

Scooping out a serving of baked blueberry crumble.

We use this same method when making these easy baked apples and our favorite apple crisp recipe.

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Note: Choosing whether to call this a blueberry crumble or blueberry crisp was tricky. Both desserts are similar and from what I found online, crumbles might not always include oats (although my Mom always called this type of dessert a crumble). This topping looks like crumbles on top of the berries and crumbles when you dig in after it has been baked, which is why we went with crumble ?

Keep the filling simple

We keep the filling simple and only add a touch of flour to help thicken the blueberry juices, a little sugar, a pinch of salt, and when we have it on hand, a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

When I don’t have lemon in the kitchen, I simply add a tablespoon of water, which helps moisten the flour before baking in the oven.

Blueberry Crumble with a topping made from flour, butter and oats.

Variations

As I mentioned above, I typically keep this dessert simple, but there are some really delicious variations you can make.

Add a variety of berries to make a berry crumble.

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Substitute blueberries for other berry varieties. Since they may have a different sugar content, it’s a good idea to taste the berries you plan to use before adding sugar to the filling. Gooseberries, for example, are much more tart and might need a bit more sugar to balance things out.

Add other fruits like sliced peaches, apples or pears.

Make a spiced crumble topping with 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg.

Add nuts to the crumble topping. I especially love almonds and blueberries together.

Make ahead tips

Blueberry crumble will last in the refrigerator 3 to 4 days and can be frozen up to a month. I prefer to freeze the crumble before baking and then cover very well so it is airtight.

When I’m ready to bake, I simple bake from frozen until the filling is bubbling and the topping is golden brown (40 to 60 minutes). You can also freeze the crumble in small freezer/oven-safe ramekins and then bake those (these will take slightly less time to bake).

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