This nutty rhubarb crumble is brilliant if you're looking for an easy fruity dessert for just one person. It's a serious comfort food recipe that's perfect for cooler autumn and winter days.
Rhubarb crumble has to be one of my favourite desserts. It's just about impossible to get it wrong. Unfortunately my husband doesn't like rhubarb so making any dessert to share is just a waste of time.
What I do instead is make a big bowl of stewed rhubarb with cinnamon, which keeps in the fridge for a few days and then I just eat it when I feel like it. You can often catch me Nigella-style, eating a few spoonfuls straight out of the fridge.
Sometimes I mix the rhubarb with plain yoghurt. Sometimes I heat some of it again in the microwave. Because it's just for me I don't tend to do anything too adventurous with it. In fact, I would say that making an individual-sized crumble is about as adventurous as it gets for me and rhubarb!
As a crumble is usually made in a big dish to share It also feels nicely indulgent to make a crumble just for yourself. However, if you do have people to share your rhubarb with, the ingredients could easily be increased to serve more people. Personally, there are some things I am quite happy not to share, and this rhubarb crumble is one of them.
Can you adapt this rhubarb crumble recipe?
Of course! This crumble is easy to adapt. Firstly, you could change it altogether and use a different kind of fruit. I love all kinds of fruity crumbles and if you don't have or don't like rhubarb then how about apple, plums, berries or pears? You can make any of these stewed fruits with or without a few spices such as cinnamon or ginger.
You can also adapt the topping. Leave out the mixed mixed spice if you want a plainer crumble. Substitute the pecans for chopped nuts or another nut depending on your tastes. Or just leave them out and you'll still have a lovely oaty crumble topping.
I used soft brown sugar on top of this crumble too but I would suggest using demerera sugar instead as it will add a lovely extra crunch.
Individual Rhubarb Crumble Recipe
Individual Rhubarb Crumble
- 2 tbsp stewed rhubarb
- 1 tbsp flour
- 10 g butter
- 1 tbsp porridge oats
- ¼ tsp mixed spice
- ½ tbsp caster sugar
- ½ tbsp soft brown sugar
- 1 tbsp roughly chopped pecans
- Grease the sides of a ramekin. Put the rhubarb in the bottom.
- To make the crumble topping, rub all the ingredients, except the pecans and soft brown sugar, between your fingers so it resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the pecans and then put on top of the rhubarb. Sprinkle the brown sugar on top.
- Bake in the oven at about 180C for approximately 25 minutes or until the topping has browned.
- Serve with yogurt, custard, ice cream or cream.
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