Juicy, jammy berries topped with buttery shortbread and oatmeal crumble make this the perfect easy single-serving dessert. This quick recipe comes together in less than 30 minutes, and you can use frozen berries to enjoy this all year round!
Sometimes I get a dessert craving but don’t want to bake up a massive tray of baked goods – that’s where the beauty of single serving desserts comes into play! I love this simple berry crumble because you can make it in less than 30 minutes and it makes a single ramekin-sized treat. If you’re feeding a crowd, the recipe is easy to scale up, but if you’re just sitting on the couch by yourself, it’s perfect as well!
Top these with a scoop of ice cream, and you have the perfect dessert!
How to make an easy berry crumble
First, we’ll prepare the filling by mixing together berries, cinnamon, sugar, and corn starch. The cinnamon adds some warmth and spice, and the corn starch helps slightly thicken the mixture.
Then, we’ll mix together flour, oats, salt, sugar, and butter for the topping. Make sure that the butter is cold and straight from the fridge. It’s best to it into very small pieces and gently work the butter into the dry ingredients using your fingers. This technique helps create a crumbly texture.
Finally, we’ll sprinkle the topping over the berries and bake!
Can I use fresh or frozen berries?
Either fresh or frozen berries work for this recipe! I list frozen berries because I find them to be more affordable and available all year round. If you’re using fresh berries, I would lower the bake time.
In fact, this recipe would work with any kind of fruit, not just berries! So let your creativity run free – miniature apple or peach crumbles would be delicious as well.
What if I don’t have a ramekin?
I love ramekins because they are the perfect serving size and oven safe. However, if you don’t have ramekins any small, oven-safe dish will work.
This recipe is so quick and easy and is perfect for late night dessert cravings. I always top mine with vanilla ice cream and enjoy the warm, jammy crumble and cold, half-melted ice cream combo. Truly heavenly!
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Single serving berry crumble
- Mixing bowl
- Ramekin or other small oven-safe dish
- 3/4 cup frozen berries of your choice
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp corn starch
- 1 tbsp all purpose flour
- 1 tbsp whole oats
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter, cold and cut into small pieces
- Preheat your oven to 400°F
- In a small bowl, mix together the berries, cinnamon, sugar, and corn starch until the berries are well coated. Transfer to a ramekin.
- In a small bowl, mix together the flour, oats, salt, and sugar. Add the small pieces of cold better and use your fingers to gently rub the butter into the dry ingredients. The mixture should be crumbley and sandy in texture. Sprinkle the topping over the berries.
- Place in the oven and bake for 15 – 20 minutes until the top is a light golden brown and the berries are bubbling. If using fresh berries, reduce the bake time.
- Remove and let cool slightly before digging in!
- You can use fresh berries instead of frozen, but be sure to reduce the bake time
- If you’re using frozen strawberries, I recommend defrosting in the microwave for 10 seconds and cutting into smaller pieces.
- You can use brown sugar instead of granulated sugar
- You can sub whole wheat flour for all purpose flour