Pantry Raid #7: Chex Fruit Crumble

Two lone apples sat on the counter deserted by the crowd of visitors. What could their ending purpose be? Apple oatmeal crumble, also known as Apple Brown Betty, perhaps. (Ever wonder who Betty was? Was she brown? Did she cook in a brown pot?) Oven-safe casserole dish chosen and greased. Apples peeled and diced and looking very lonely in the bottom of the small container. Hmmmm? Wonder if I have some canned fruit to add….yep, pear halves! Opened, drained, chopped and added, the pears help make a better presentation of fruit. Coated with lemon juice and granulated sugar, they awaited their topping. “Now where did that oatmeal go?” (Let me just stop and point out that it is ALWAYS a good idea to make sure you have all the ingredients needed BEFORE you begin preparing something. Then again, that’s how I have created many new dishes! Just go with it.) Ah, the dry, old fashioned oatmeal was consumed by the now departed herd. What else is there? What could be used instead? Here’s a box of Rice Chex that no one will eat that was left over from making Puppy Chow and Scrabble for “sitting around snacks” for the multitudes. Only one way to find out….lookie here…about a cup’s worth, crushed down will maybe do the trick. Add the brown sugar, flour, dash of salt, cinnamon and 1/2 stick of soft butter and, by george, I think we’ve got it!

In summary, here are the ingredients (make sure you have them all before you begin 🙂 ):

2 apples, peeled and diced

1 can pear halves, drained, chopped

2 Tablespoons lemon juice

2 Tablespoons granulated sugar

dash of cinnamon

1 cup Rice Chex, crushed

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed down

1/2 cup all purpose flour

dash of salt

2 teaspoons cinnamon

4 Tablespoons butter


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease a small casserole dish or pie pan. In a small bowl, mix chopped fruit, lemon juice, sugar and dash of cinnamon. Pour into baking dish. In another bowl (or the same one wiped out) thoroughly mix the flour, crushed cereal, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Then cut in the butter with a fork or pastry cutter until somewhat crumbly. Pour on top of fruit and mix a bit keeping the fruit under the topping- ‘cuz it IS the topping not the bottoming! Bake for 20-25 minutes or until brown on top. Let cool a bit then serve with whipped cream or ice cream on top OR as is. It’s all good.



About deairby

From a small Mississippi town and have lived my adult life in the south. I am the wife of Tom Irby since 1974, mother of 8, grandmother of 8, lover of Truth, previous owner of The Baron York Tea Room Cafe and Gift Shop (7 years), cookbook writer, moderator of the Small Business forum on Social Media Examiner, enjoy life and all the adventure God brings my way.
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2 Responses to Pantry Raid #7: Chex Fruit Crumble

  1. Gorgeous – don´t know what Chex is, but crumble is one of my absolute favourite desserts!

    • deairby says:

      Chex is a cereal that looks like a small square and comes in rice, wheat and corn. It can be used in making “puppy chow” which is also called “muddy buddy’s” which is made with melted chocolate, butter, vanilla and peanut butter mixed. Then that is coated on the cereal squares by stirring. Then shaken in powdered sugar. Yum!

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