Strawberry Crumble, my way..

I took a vacation with my parents, brother and grandmother last weekend in a lovely coastal village in Ratnagiri (more on that in another post); but we took a little detour on our way back to visit the hill-town of Mahabaleshwar on our way back. Mahabaleshwar is famous for its steep hills and dense forests; but also equally famous for the best strawberries and mulberries produced in this part of the country. So the detour was mainly intended for that; hogging strawberries and fresh cream at the famous Mapro gardens and shopping for fresh strawberries, jams and syrups. Most of the strawberries were devoured in the next two days at home and at work with colleagues; but I still had about 250g left that I wanted to make a dessert with. So I decided to make this quick fix crumble, that doesn’t take a lot of preparation time and tastes pretty good with the contrast from the sweet and tart, gooey strawberries, the flaky topping and the cold ice-cream. I say this is my way, because I do not follow the classic recipe and substitute some ingredients with local options.


250g Strawberries, washed, dried and halved;

½ cup powdered sugar;

2tbsp crystal sugar or demerara sugar;

3/4th cup all purpose flour;

3/4th cup  cold white butter (made of Indian Buffalo milk, can use unsalted butter instead);

1/4th cup chopped almonds;

½ tsp vanilla extract;

½ tsp baking powder;

Few scoops of Vanilla ice-cream.



With sugar and vanilla extract..

With sugar and vanilla extract..

The crumble topping

The crumble topping

After baking..

After baking..

Starberry crumble with Vanilla ice-cream

Strawberry crumble with Vanilla ice-cream


  1. Take the halved strawberries in a heat resistant glass baking dish and add 1tbsp powdered sugar and vanilla extract to it. Mix gently and reserve in refrigerator until the crumble mixture is ready.
  2. In a mixing bowl; sift together all-purpose flour, baking powder and remaining powdered sugar. Add the sugar crystals/demerara sugar and mix gently.
  3. Take the cold white butter and break it into the flour mixture. Work the mixture until you get a crumbly consistency.
  4. Sprinkle the crumble uniformly over the strawberries. Add a little extra mixture around the edges and slightly press the edges. Make sure that the surface is completely covered and no strawberries are visible.
  5. Sprinkle flaked almonds on the top of the mixture.
  6. In a preheated oven, transfer the above baking dish; and bake the crumble at 200C for 20-25 minutes or until the strawberry mix at the base starts bubbling and the top portion is golden brown.
  7. Remove from the oven, cut out portions and serve hot with Vanilla ice-cream or fresh whipped cream.
  8. Can be served after chilled as well.

2 comments on “Strawberry Crumble, my way..

  1. skd
    April 6, 2015

    Wow! Delicious.Your version of the crumble looks delectable. Just couple of days back i made the strawberries and cream dessert the way they make it in Mahabaleswar.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. nitali04
    April 7, 2015

    Thank you!
    And wow! You made that at home..that is amazing..


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