Basic Oat Crumble Topping for Fruit (Crisp Version)

1 1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup flour
1 cup packed light brown sugar
Spices – cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger
Pinch of salt
Nuts (optional)
1 cup (two sticks) unsalted butter


Mix the dry ingredients then cut the butter into pieces and work it into the mixed ingredients with your fingers gently until it resembles coarse crumbs. Work in the nuts, if using. Sprinkle the fruit with the crumbs evenly. Bake at 375 as directed for the pie or crumble you’re making. (Usually bake this topping in the range of 45 minutes.)

tops a 9×13 pan