I look forward to going on our beach vacation every year, but I don't always relish the time spent cooking for everybody. This slow cooker dessert (or breakfast!) gives me more time to lie in the sun and enjoy the waves. Melty ice cream is a must. —Colleen Delawder, Herndon, Virginia
Meet the Cook: You can serve this crumble as a snack, and it's also great for a breakfast gathering or church supper. It is good hot...and good on the second day as well.
We're the parents of six grown children and grandparents of 11.
-Ginger Isham, Williston, Vermont
A friend brought this delicious, down-home dessert to church and was kind enough to give out the recipe. Everyone enjoyed it so much and just showered her with compliments! It’s especially wonderful served warm or with a dollop of creamy whipped topping. —Mary Ann Dell, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
ORIGINALLY a pear crumble pie, I shortened this to a crumble when I often was too short of time to make a pie crust.
I've also found canned pears work as well as fresh, so that makes it even easier to prepare.
-Kezia Sullivan, Sackets Harbor, New York
When I met my English husband and served him just the crumble, he said it was fantastic but really needed a custard sauce over it. We found a terrific sauce recipe from England, and now the pair is perfect together. I wouldn't eat it any other way.
-Amy Freeman, Cave Creek, Arizona
While visiting friends in New Zealand, I watched this dessert being made. Back at home, I came up with my own version. It’s great with vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream. —Carol Simpkins, Santa Cruz, California
A peachy use of the season's bounty is Marilyn Schroeder's fruitful dessert. "I bring this juicy crumble to get-togethers of all kinds," she writes from Alexandria, Minnesota. "Crushed macaroons make a delightfully different topping for the blueberries and nectarines. For a special treat, serve it with low-fat frozen yogurt."
Baking is my favorite pastime. These moist cranberry bars have a refreshing sweet-tart taste and a pleasant crumble topping. They're great as a snack or anytime treat. —Paula Eriksen Of Palm Harbor, Florida
Brown sugar-cinnamon toaster pastries lend scrumptious flavor to this crumble. “For a change of pace, try peach or blueberry pie filling instead of apple,” Michelle Kenney recommends from Sabina, Ohio.