Stone Fruit and Berry Crumble

by Jenn on July 29, 2011

in Desserts,Gluten Free

Fruit Crumble

Is this a crumble or crisp? Ha I’m still not entirely sure myself what I have made, and the definitions do not seem to be mutually exclusive.  We had an abundance of beautiful Summer fruit in the house (and by house I mean tiny two-room apartment, but for some reason it’s a habit of mine to call every home “house”, I’m not sure why) and wanted to make a dessert that celebrated all of the gorgeous variety – plums, peaches, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, currants – that Summer has to offer.

But this dish has a bit of an identity crisis.  It seems that American and Euro definitions of crumble are not the same, so depending on who you ask this will either be a crumble or a crisp.  Given that I’m living in Europe at the moment, I decided to go with crumble :)

What made this entire dessert possible for me was that I got to meet up with a fellow blogging friend, Valerie from City | Life | Eats earlier this Spring, who was so sweet and a delight to be around – we had such a fun afternoon together!  And she was so generous, bringing us a bag of certified gluten free oats and some chocolate chips, a real treat for us as I have yet to be able to find them during my year and a half living en Suisse.

Me and Valerie

And  yes, there were mountains behind us, I promise!

Ever since then, we have had that beautiful bag of gluten free oats sitting in our pantry, and my husband has been begging every chance we can get to open them up – “can we make oatmeal for breakfast?” he’d ask.  I’d reply “no, those are our very very precious only bag of gluten free oats! we have to use them for something really special because I don’t know when we’ll get another bag again!”

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But finally I realized something – if I wait forever for that perfect moment to come by to use them, I’ll be dearly hanging on to this one ingredient for the next five years.  We need to just use them and enjoy them.  So now 4 months later, Ryan convinced me we should just open up the bag and make something beautifully gluten free and enjoy them – the first thing that came to mind with all that stunning fruit around was this crumble.

For what good are our valued treasures if they do not get to be used and shared?  The same goes for presents of gluten free oats from a friend – they were being enjoyed by no one sitting on a pantry shelf.  But in this crumble they were able to create lovely moments of gluten free pleasure.

And it deserved of every scoop of precious gluten free oats that we used.  Pure Summer in a every spoonful.

Fruit Crumble


Stone Fruit and Berry Crumble
adapted from Peach Crumble by I Adore Food
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hr


  •  1kg your favorite fruit, chopped/hulled/etc. (i used peaches, plums, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, currants)
  • 150g mini chocolate chips
  • 2 tbs tapioca flour (if you don’t want a soupy filling because berries are quite juicy)
  • 150g certified gluten free oats
  • 75g chestnut flour
  • 75g hazelnut meal
  • 200g butter, melted
  • 200g raw sugar

1. Preheat an oven to 350F (175C).  Mix fruit, chocolate chips and tapioca together in a large bowl and fill your baking pan (I filled several small ones).
2. In a separate bowl combine oats, chestnut flour, hazelnut meal, butter and sugar and mix together until well blended.
3. Add the crumble on top of the fruit, and bake for about 35 minutes or until crumble is golden brown and fruit is oozing out the sides of the pan.




Simone July 29, 2011 at 7:41 am

I’ve never even heard of a crisp so I guess I would just go with crumble and it sure looks delicious Jenn!

Jenn July 29, 2011 at 7:49 am

Thanks Simone!

Rosa July 29, 2011 at 7:59 am

A glorious crumble! I always love to add oats to my topping…



Jenn July 29, 2011 at 8:02 am

Thanks Rosa!

Robyn July 29, 2011 at 8:13 am

I love how vibrant the photos are! Beautiful dessert Jenn, I can understand not wanting to use the oats, but after seeing this dessert I’m glad you did! I’m sure hubby was to :)

Jenn July 29, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Thanks Robyn!

Sasha @ The Procrastobaker July 29, 2011 at 10:26 am

I dont think it matters if its a crumble or a crisp, it wouldnt hang around long enough to be christened if i was in the vicinity! :) truly stunninnnggg photos, really beautiful indeed. Im new to your blog and think its wonderful, will be visiting again regularly! :)

Jenn July 29, 2011 at 1:18 pm

awww thank you so much!!

Deeba July 29, 2011 at 2:38 pm

This is just beautiful!! What a glorious fruit bake Jenn!

Jenn July 29, 2011 at 7:02 pm

Thanks Deeba!!

Alex July 29, 2011 at 5:58 pm

First, I have to say that I am extremely jealous that you are living en Suisse! Superbe! And of course, your pictures are simply beautiful! :) Great recipe!

Jenn July 29, 2011 at 7:03 pm

Thanks so much !

Gen July 29, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Your crumble is gorgeous! I like this crisp, I shall try it next time I bake a crumble. And the pictures are so beautiful, they make me dream!

Jenn July 31, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Thanks !!

Barbara | Creative Culinary July 30, 2011 at 2:43 am

Beautiful and yummy looking and think here it is a ‘crisp.’ But they do in fact crumble! So…what makes gluten free oats GF?

Jenn July 31, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Thanks Barbara! Oats are often contaminated with gluten – I am not sure but I think in the manufacturing process. So much so that Ryan and many with gluten issues cannot tolerate conventional oats. Certified gluten free ones have not been contaminated and are safe for those with sensitivities, but alas have not seen any specifically GF ones here en Suisse so far… which is why this one bag is so precious :)

Anita Menon July 30, 2011 at 5:56 pm

I love the worn-out looking turquoise table. Such an interesting background for the wonderful crisp full of berry goodness. It is always so good to meet fellow bloggers.

Jenn July 31, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Thanks! Ha it’s actually a shutter door that I found at a local flea market :)

Shirley @ gfe July 30, 2011 at 7:20 pm

So glad I stopped by today to see the photo of you and Valerie together! You both look great in that pic. Bet you had the best time. And bravo for seizing the moment and using your certified gf oats that Valerie brought you! Your crumble looks delicious, Jenn! :-)


Jenn July 31, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Thanks Shirley! Yeah we had a lot of fun and my husband completely approved of my use of the GF oats. Still have a bunch leftover… Maybe oatmeal raisin cookies next? :)

rivki locker July 31, 2011 at 7:25 am

Love the combination of fruit in this crisp / crumble. Love the addition of chocolate chips.

Jenn July 31, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Thanks! Ha yeah I had to add the chocolate chips in there too… Chocolate and fruit are just meant for each other :)

Jennifer (Delicieux) August 1, 2011 at 1:40 am

What an absolutely breathtakingly beautiful crumble! It almost looks a shame to eat it, but then again I can imagine how delicious it would be. I absolutely adore crumbles as they seem to be a perfect and simple way to celebrate the beauty of fruit.

Jenn August 3, 2011 at 1:58 am

Thanks!! Yes I also think crumbles are the perfect way to celebrate fruit…

Maureen August 1, 2011 at 4:21 am

In Maine we always called it crisp but I’ve learned to crumble :)

This looks fantastic!

Jenn August 3, 2011 at 1:59 am

Yeah, I think I have a recipe from about a year ago that I called a crisp that is essentially the same type of dessert, I’m going to go with the terms are synonymous :)

Erin August 2, 2011 at 8:39 am

It’s 2am here, but I may head down to the kitchen after seeing this!! Yummmm!

Jenn August 3, 2011 at 1:59 am


InTolerantChef August 2, 2011 at 1:00 pm

I’ve never made a crisp before, but crumbles are lovely and yours looks so yummy! You’re giving me guilt tinges thinking about my ‘special occasion’ ingredients in my cupboard, like my home grown saffron, truffe and truffle oil, smoked rice, rose liquor…. and the rest. You’re inspiring me to share them with those I love the most – my family! Thanks!

Jenn August 3, 2011 at 2:00 am

Oooh I’ve never heard of smoked rice before, intriguing! Would love to see what you do with it!

Nicole K August 2, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Once again, this looks amazing and delicious and I want it immediately for breakfast. You are a great chef, and an equally great photographer. :)

Jenn August 3, 2011 at 2:00 am

Thanks Nicole!

Barbara August 2, 2011 at 6:59 pm

I am now drooling. I just love the photo of it still in the pan with the berry juice running down it.

Jenn August 3, 2011 at 2:01 am

Thanks Barbara!

Heather August 3, 2011 at 1:29 am

yummm. I love anything with berries! It’s nice seeing a picture of you in front of the camera!

Jenn August 3, 2011 at 2:01 am

Thanks! Ha it’s not often I want to step in front of the camera….

.carrie. August 3, 2011 at 5:22 am

Jenn – the pics are beautiful!

Jenn August 4, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Thanks Carrie!

Lisa August 3, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Beautiful photos! I can almost taste the food!

Jenn August 4, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Thanks so much :)

Valerie @ City|Life|Eats August 5, 2011 at 12:49 am

Huge apologies for not stopping by sooner to comment – I love this post and I am SO glad you used the GF oats. I have a tendency to hold onto stuff so I understand. And I promise to bring more next time I make it to Switzerland :) I just discovered another GF brand I am curious about – Montana Proatina.

Jenn August 5, 2011 at 7:38 am

Awwww thanks Valerie!! It was a lot of fun spending the afternoon with you :) Ooooh and I will have to check out that brand next time I visit the States…

Jeanne @ CookSister! August 10, 2011 at 4:07 pm

I am a “keeper” – have spent my whole life hanging on to things and saving them fro “a specil occasion”. When a friend passed away a few years ago, aged 29, her cupboard was full of scented candles and soaps and perfumes that she was saving for a special occasion – one that never came. That was my wake-up call to try and change my ways. No time llike the present!

I’d call this a crisp, purely because it contains oats in the crust (to me, a crumble has a flour, sugar and butter topping only) – but the name realyl is secondary (if not tertiary!!) – the main point is that it looks absolutely divine!

Jenn August 11, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Thanks Jeanne! And I love your philosophy – no time like the present indeed :)

Lisa {With Style and Grace} October 5, 2011 at 4:20 pm

what a beautiful berry crumble!!

Jenn October 5, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Oh thanks Lisa!!

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