The main difference between crumbles and crisps is in the toppings, which result in different textures and flavors.
Crumble Topping: A crumble typically has a topping made from a mixture of flour, sugar, and butter, which is combined until it reaches a crumbly texture. This mixture is sprinkled over the fruit before baking. The result is a rich, buttery, and soft topping that, as the name suggests, crumbles easily.
Crisp Topping: A crisp, on the other hand, includes oats in the topping mixture, along with flour, sugar, and butter. The oats provide a more textured, and as the name implies, a crispier finish to the topping. Some recipes may also include nuts or spices, such as cinnamon, for additional flavor and crunch.
Both desserts are baked until the topping is golden and the fruit filling is bubbling. While crumbles and crisps are similar in concept and often use similar types of fruit fillings, the difference in the topping textures and ingredients gives each a distinct taste and mouthfeel. Crumbles tend to have a denser, cake-like topping, whereas crisps offer a more granola-like chew with a bit more crunch.
Yes, you can easily double this cherry crumble recipe. Here’s how:
Ingredients: Double the amount of each ingredient.
Baking Dish: Use a 9×13-inch baking dish instead of a 9×9-inch.
Oven Temperature: Keep it the same at 350°F.
Baking Time: Add an extra 10-15 minutes, then check for doneness. The crumble should be golden brown and the filling bubbling.
Mixing: Ensure all ingredients are thoroughly mixed, possibly in a larger bowl.