I’ll crumble for ya! I’ll crumble for ya! Yeah, I know that isn’t how the Boy George song goes, but I’ll still crumble for ya! Sometimes the easiest desserts we can make, is right under our nose. If anything, I’d definatley want this Strawberry Lime Crumble under my nose, because it smell soooo good! This Strawberry Lime Crumble is made with fresh ripe strawberries, sugar, lime juice, topped with a delicious butter and rolled oat crumble.
As a single guy, it’s hard not to eat all of these after I finish photographing them. I shall stay strong and only eat two and give the rest away! Luckily I live in NYC and there is definitely not a shortage of people who love desserts. My neighbors are loving me right now!
What is Strawberry Lime Crumble?
A crumble is related to the cobbler and crisp, but stand out because of it’s streusel-meets-pastry-meets-absolutely delicious topping! The crumble is typically made with flour, butter and salt as the base. Then you can add cinnamon, lemon zest, crushed nuts or rolled outs.
A fruit crumble is essentially a baked dessert where the underside is soft, sweet and saucy and the top is crispy crunchy. Usually fruit crumbles are more fruit centered than it’s tart and pie relatives.
Ingredients for Strawberry Lime Crumble
Strawberries: Always choose the freshest and ripest strawberries. Strawberries that have this vibrant dark red color are the best in my opinion. You can make this crumble with frozen strawberries too.
Limes: I use fresh lime juice to give my Strawberry Lime Crumble an added layer of freshness. Lemons also work well in this crumble too.
Flour: Always an unbleached all purpose flour for me when it comes to most baked goods.
Butter: It’s the butter that makes it all better. An unsalted butter is your best option because you don’t want your crumble to be over powered by the sea!
Rolled oats: I use a simple rolled oats. Not the instant kind, but the 5 -10 minute oats.
Cinnamon: This spice is the best! Cinnamon adds a subtle spiciness to your Strawberry Lime Crumble. It’s inconspicuous and obvious at the same time. What a contradiction of sorts!
Vanilla Extract: Always go for pure vanilla extract. As little processed as possible. Imitation vanilla extract is a fake! See what I did there?
Corn starch or arrow root: I like both, but I’ve been meaning to switch over to arrow root, because of it’s healthier qualities. If you don’t have arow root, don’t worry. A basic corn starch will do the job of turning the liquid from cooked strawberries into thick ooey gooey strawberry sauce.
Salt: A little dash will do ya to help bring out all the flavors.
Tips for an amazing Strawberry Lime Crumble
- Make sure your butter is form and cold. I would even stick it in the freezer for about 10 minutes. The idea is to make the crumble topping so that there are small balls of cold butter and not melted.
The Strawberry Lime Filling
- Frozen or fresh strawberries. I personally always go for the freshest and ripest strawberries. However, if you don’t have access to fresh strawberries, frozen strawberries will do just fine
- Citrus for freshness. For an added layer of freshness, squeeze some lemon or lime juice into the strawberry mixture.
- Avoid a mushy filling. cut your strawberries into large chunks. This adds to the stability of the filling. Also, all of the strawberries you will be using don’t need to be 100% ripe.