Crumb Topping
Recipe type: Dessert
If I had to choose one crumb topping for the rest of my life, this would be it. You can't go wrong with this classic combination of oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and butter.
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant)
  • ⅔ cup finely packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup (1 stick) cold, unsalted butter, cut into ¼" pieces
  1. Put the flour, oats, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon in the bowl of a food processor and pulse several times, to mix.
  2. Remove the lid and scatter the butter pieces over the dry mixture. Pulse the machine again, repeatedly, until the mixture resembles fine crumbs.
  3. Empty the crumbs into a large bowl and rub them gently between your fingers until they're evenly textured and buttery. Refrigerate until using.
Depending on the size of your pie and how much coverage you like, you may have more crumbs here than you need. Transfer leftovers to a plastic bag, freeze, then use the leftovers on muffins, crumb cakes, fruit crisps and other baked goods.
Recipe by The Pie Academy at