Fresh Strawberry Pistachio Crumble

When you’re out in the berry patch, drinking in the sun, watching your littles blissfully bound down the aisles searching for the perfect berry, tasting warm strawberries straight off the vine with sweet juice dripping down your chin… you don’t think about the size of your fridge.

This happens to me several times a year. We go to the farm and come home with WAY more than we could possibly use in one week.  So what do you do with the five gallons on strawberries your babies bring to you? Here’s what I did..

First I separated them into three piles: SUPER-RIPE bake now or freeze, RIPE use within the next couple days, ALMOST-RIPE use within a week.

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I put most of the super-ripe strawberries in the freezer for smoothies and post-season baking.

Then I used some of the super-ripe strawberries for Strawberry Basil Italian Ice to keep in the freezer for late night sugar cravings.

The next day I put the ripe berries and some of the slightly under ripe strawberries in spicy Strawberry Chipotle Jam.

And finally I made a lovely, LOVELY Strawberry Pistachio Crumble for my family to enjoy after dinner.

There are many varieties of baked fruit desserts. Most of them, at one point or another, have been mistaken for “cobbler.” Variations and names tend to be regional. If you like to bake, it’s worth getting familiar with them.

Cobbler~ Baked fruit with a rolled crust made of pie crust or cookie dough.

Buckle~ Fruit with cake batter poured over the top before baking.

Crisp~Baked Fruit topped with a “rubbed” crumb top usually consisting of butter, sugar, and flour.

Crumble~ Similar to a crisp with the addition of oats.

Grunt/Slump~ Baked Fruit topped with biscuit dough, that is then covered so that the biscuit steams instead of bakes.

Brown Betty~ Baked fruit topped with buttered bread or cake that has been crumbled.

Today I’m serving you a crumble, named for it’s crumbled oat top. I personally prefer crumbles to most other types of “cobbler”, because of texture and the way the topping breaks apart when you spoon it out into a bowls.

Here I’ve simply combined fresh cut strawberries with a little lemon, sugar, cornstarch for thickening, and a touch of Chambord. I’ve been using quite a bit of Chambord lately because I have in nice sized bottle of it and find it adds such depth to everything it graces. In this dish, the Chambord doesn’t cover, but accentuates the strawberries. I’ve made this same crumble with Bourbon as well. It was just as lovely, but the Chambord does have a way of drawing out the “berrieness” of the strawberries.

For the top I’ve combined a simple oat, flour and butter mixture with chopped roasted pistachios. The salty nutty essence of the pistachios is a great way to balance out the acidity of the strawberry filling.

Crumble: hot or cold?  Although its tempting to eat a crumble right out of the oven, I don’t advise it.

One, the sauce needs time to cool and thicken so it holds together. Two, in my opinion, hot berries taste overly acidic. I like to eat baked fruit desserts at room temperature. The flavors of the strawberries, Chambord and pistachios really shine, when it’s not too hot or too cold.

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78 comments on “Fresh Strawberry Pistachio Crumble

  1. Belinda @zomppaposted May 18, 2011 at 8:04 pm Reply

    Oh happy strawberries!! I’d like to raid your fridge. That’s for the lingo clarification – all of them sound good!

  2. Barbara | Creative Culinaryposted May 18, 2011 at 9:14 pm Reply

    Love this flavor combination and what beautiful photos. If it weren’t 9:15p and if I only had strawberries…I might be in the kitchen now.

  3. Winnieposted May 18, 2011 at 8:22 pm Reply

    Yum! Looking forward to meeting you this weekend!

  4. Cookin' Canuckposted May 18, 2011 at 8:25 pm Reply

    Strawberries and pistachios are a great pairing and this is the perfect dessert to welcome spring.

  5. Rivki Locker (Ordimary Blogger)posted May 18, 2011 at 8:40 pm Reply

    So funny! I do just the same thing! We pick WAY too many strawberries and can never find enough uses for them (although each of my kds could probably eat an entire flat in one sitting…if I let them). This recipe looks great. I’ve never paired strawberries with pistachios. Can’t wait to try!

  6. Nisrine M.posted May 18, 2011 at 9:07 pm Reply

    Cobblers are truly special desserts, so simple and delicious. This one is temptingly beautiful, Sommer!

  7. kurinjiposted May 18, 2011 at 10:00 pm Reply

    Yum yum yummy dish!
    Kurinjikathambam

  8. What do you do with five gallons of leftover strawberries? Put them in a box and Fedex it to Mark&[email protected], Malaysia. We’ll trade you five gallons of fresh rambutan and nutmeg.

  9. kankanaposted May 18, 2011 at 10:24 pm Reply

    These days I am seeing one after another amazing strawberry recipes and you have given it back to back. This looks like a perfect lazy weekend breakfast to me :)

  10. Angie's Recipesposted May 18, 2011 at 10:39 pm Reply

    What a great crumble recipe! Beautiful pairing of pistachios and strawberries.

  11. elle marieposted May 18, 2011 at 10:55 pm Reply

    OH darn gosh.. it’s all about the crumble, at least for me.. I’m a crust, crumble girl.. heck I’ll even skip an entire muffin and only eat the crumble on top… but now that you are talking pistachios.. heck I think I’d dive right in to the entire dish!

  12. Pierreposted May 19, 2011 at 1:59 am Reply

    Fresh vibrant red strawberries and earthy pistachio, two reasons why it’s nice to live on earth.
    That must have taste and smell soooo good!

  13. Sookposted May 19, 2011 at 12:27 am Reply

    I LOVE STRAWBERRIES! I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  14. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted May 19, 2011 at 12:32 am Reply

    I’m a crisp or crumble kind of girl myself, I love the texture of the topping. I only wish I had your excess strawberry problem!

  15. Valerieposted May 19, 2011 at 2:27 am Reply

    That look delicious! I made one a few days ago, it was really good, it was different to yours, i have to try it!

  16. Maris(In Good Taste)posted May 19, 2011 at 2:39 am Reply

    Loved reading the different definitions,Found that very interesting. This is a beautiful crumble and I will bookmark it!
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  17. Shelbyposted May 19, 2011 at 3:51 am Reply

    Looks delicious! I have been on a pistachio kick myself lately….but only with eating them. lol. :)

  18. Lizposted May 19, 2011 at 4:20 am Reply

    Oh, WOW! I’m anxiously waiting the Indiana strawberries to ripen…I think they need some sun…not rain!!! What a fabulous crumble…I have never made a cooked strawberry dessert, but after viewing your photos, I think this is the year! Beautiful, Sommer!

  19. Nelly Rodriguezposted May 19, 2011 at 5:58 am Reply

    this looks gorgeous…and love the helping hand! too cute!

  20. Junia @ Mis Pensamientosposted May 19, 2011 at 6:03 am Reply

    i’ve been obsessed with strawberries lately too on my blog! hahahaha. this is beautiful and scrumptious at the same time.never thought about combing them with pistachio! it’s a nut that i have yet to bake with!

    • Junia @ Mis Pensamientosposted May 19, 2011 at 6:03 am Reply

      combining* :) (it’s way too early in the morning for me to type well hahah)

  21. Rachel @ Rachel's Recipe Reviewsposted May 19, 2011 at 7:04 am Reply

    How unique to put pistachios in the crumble–looks delicious!

  22. Melissaposted May 19, 2011 at 7:27 am Reply

    Ok, so first I saw this, but as I was pressing “keep reading” my eyes had already strayed to the strawberry chipotle jam. Last week, I made strawberry-rhubarb muffins and yesterday, strawberry pancakes. Do I strawberry fever?? Should I get treated?! Thanks for more great ideas.

  23. Kateposted May 19, 2011 at 7:31 am Reply

    This is heavenly looking. I love the vibrant red color and the incorporation of the pistachios into the crumble. Definitely will be bookmarking this!

  24. Yuriposted May 19, 2011 at 8:11 am Reply

    Strawberries + pistachios + crumble with ice cream on the side? Yes please :)

  25. The Mistress of Spicesposted May 19, 2011 at 8:14 am Reply

    This sounds and looks amazing! Lucky you to have access to a berry patch! We are seeing all kinds of lovely strawberries here now though so it would be great to make something like this. I love the addition of pistachio too!

  26. Roxanposted May 19, 2011 at 8:32 am Reply

    Wow, I didn’t know that there are so many different names for baked fruit! I can say that I do love them all though. This crumble looks amazing. Strawberries are one of my favorite fruits and pistachios are hands down my favorite nut.

  27. Megan @ Pip and Ebbyposted May 19, 2011 at 8:58 am Reply

    Deliicious!! Great photos, too!

  28. Feast on the Cheapposted May 19, 2011 at 9:34 am Reply

    I mean…this looks incredible!

  29. Joytiposted May 19, 2011 at 9:38 am Reply

    Yum! That sounds absolutely delicious. And what a great way to use some spring.summer fruit!

  30. Tricia Bposted May 19, 2011 at 9:46 am Reply

    Beautiful! I love cobblers and bet this is great. You’ve got me thinking about Chambord and may add it to my pie this weekend. Does it thicken at all and evaporate? Just wondering about adjusting the thickening ingredients. Gallons of berries – awesome!

  31. Aimeeposted May 19, 2011 at 10:28 am Reply

    That looks beautiful and delicious!

  32. carolinaheartstringsposted May 19, 2011 at 2:18 pm Reply

    We are making great use of our strawberries! This looks just fantastic. I cannot wait to try this out.

  33. Amy @ Gastronome Tartposted May 19, 2011 at 12:20 pm Reply

    Oh, wow! Speechless! I could go for these. Love the strawberries and pistachio combo!

  34. Biren @ Roti n Riceposted May 19, 2011 at 12:31 pm Reply

    Nice pairing of strawberries and pistachios! You are making me crave for one of these baked fruit desserts.

  35. Claireposted May 19, 2011 at 1:10 pm Reply

    This is FREAKING gorgeous!!!

  36. Lindaposted May 19, 2011 at 1:15 pm Reply

    I’d love to be faced with having way too many strawberries! I like how you very smartly dealt with that and this crumble is amazing! Love the combination of pistachios and strawberries.

  37. Dmarieposted May 19, 2011 at 2:10 pm Reply

    oh, why, oh why didn’t I get on the computer quicker today? A neighbor gifted me with strawberries just this morn, but I immediately mashed them up for ice cream. Your crumble sounds like a better idea. love that you used chambord in it. Will def have to try this. thanks, Spicy!

  38. pachecopattyposted May 19, 2011 at 4:18 pm Reply

    I like the pistachios in your crumble and I have to get a large bottle of Chambord myself!
    Still waiting for those super sweet strawberries to arrive in the market, though;-)

  39. Priya Sreeramposted May 19, 2011 at 5:57 pm Reply

    the crumble looks superbbbbbb ~! delicious clicks

  40. Claudiaposted May 19, 2011 at 6:53 pm Reply

    Would you believe I have everything except the strawberries. They come in early July. This is a celebration post of the most wonderful berry!

  41. Erinposted May 19, 2011 at 8:08 pm Reply

    This looks amazing! I love a good crumble, then you add the booze – sooooo good!

  42. MIss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted May 19, 2011 at 9:29 pm Reply

    Pistachios and strawberries must make a great combination! Strawberries are my favorite so I will be giving this a try. Also loved the definitions I had no idea and I’m sure I’ve been using them all wrong!

  43. Deebaposted May 20, 2011 at 4:27 am Reply

    Absolutely ah-mazing! Love the colours and the flavours! Mmmmmm

  44. 5 Star Foodieposted May 20, 2011 at 6:39 am Reply

    Yum! I like the addition of pistachios here. I’ve got so many strawberries right now, would love to make this!

  45. Lisa @ Tarte du Jourposted May 20, 2011 at 6:59 am Reply

    Nothing beets a soul warming crumble! This crumble topping looks fabulous. I’m anxious to try it on other fruit as well. Strawberry season is coming to a close down here in Florida:(

  46. Aprilposted May 20, 2011 at 9:33 am Reply

    I remember you loving the strawberry pie but hating the goo. Perfect solution.

  47. Tiffanyposted May 20, 2011 at 10:32 am Reply

    Oh, thanks for the vocab lesson! I totally never knew the difference between all of these terms! This crumble looks super tasty!

  48. marlaposted May 20, 2011 at 12:43 pm Reply

    Such a delightful summery crumble. Wish I had some today :)

  49. Kristenposted May 20, 2011 at 12:58 pm Reply

    Pistachios don’t get enough use in my house. That may be because my sons devour them as soon as the nuts come in the house. I love the idea of putting them in a strawberry dessert.

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  50. Pudding Pie Laneposted May 20, 2011 at 12:58 pm Reply

    Wow I’ve never tried steamed biscuit before! That sounds amazing!

  51. Lana @ Never enough Thymeposted May 20, 2011 at 1:44 pm Reply

    I love any kind of cobbler/crumble/slump. As long as it has hot fruit and a topping – I’m good. Particularly like your use of pistachios! Very creative.

  52. Saraposted May 20, 2011 at 7:40 pm Reply

    A crumble. That’s what I haven’t made in a long time. And with the fresh strawberries at the market I just need to make it! Thanks for the inspiration

  53. Eileenposted May 20, 2011 at 7:42 pm Reply

    I like the sounds of this dessert… I know I’ve probably asked this before, but do you deliver? Have a great weekend!

  54. sweetlifeposted May 21, 2011 at 6:46 am Reply

    strawberries are at their best adn I have not had a crumble in forever!! thanks for sharing

    sweetlife

  55. Nanaposted May 21, 2011 at 7:34 pm Reply

    I made the crumble today, it is so yummy. Thanks for the suggestion and so easy to make.

  56. blackbookkitchendiariesposted May 21, 2011 at 11:33 pm Reply

    this sounds so gooood!! love anything crumble and with a killer combo like this, who could resist?

  57. Katarinaposted May 22, 2011 at 4:08 am Reply

    So yummy!

  58. Gwen~healthymammaposted May 22, 2011 at 6:08 pm Reply

    Oh my gosh! I didn’t even realize I was bouncing in my seat and giggling until my husband peeked over my shoulder to see what had me so excited. ;)
    This is hands down my fav recipe and post I’ve seen ever. Pistachios and strawberry’s?!! Genious!
    I am so jealous…. I mean happy for you that you have the opportunity to go strawberry picking and come home w more than you know what to do with. I’d be in heaven. I don’t think there are any strawberry patches here in Phoenix, but I’ll have to look into it just in case!
    Very,very nice tips on how to use up those blesseed berries. I am going to have to check into that Italian ice recipe too.

  59. Monetposted May 22, 2011 at 9:35 pm Reply

    When I saw the title of this post…I knew I would fall in love. These flavors sound amazing together! Thank you for sharing such a beautiful recipe with me. I hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow. You and your sweet blog always makes me smile.

  60. Greenderellaposted May 23, 2011 at 2:04 am Reply

    What a great combination!!! Looks delicious! :)

  61. Cristina, from Buenos Aires to Parisposted May 23, 2011 at 12:41 am Reply

    I’m having breakfast while reading this post…Can you ship a bowl???
    Thanks!!

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  63. Joyposted May 24, 2011 at 6:44 pm Reply

    The crumble looks wonderful.

  64. Steve @ HPDposted May 25, 2011 at 2:14 pm Reply
    • Sommerposted May 25, 2011 at 2:16 pm Reply

      Good link! No, I’ve got all sort of definition pages in the back of a really old cookbook. :)

  65. Marlyposted May 26, 2011 at 9:26 am Reply

    Looks lovely and what a great idea to include pistachios. Yumm!

  66. Alessioposted June 5, 2011 at 11:11 am Reply

    Nice crumble! I loved the list of the various types of cobblers you made, now I just need to get my hands on one of each to choose my fav :D

  67. Megan's Cookin'posted June 16, 2011 at 11:57 am Reply

    Now I want to go out and buy 5 pounds of strawberries. Your crumble looks incredible and that Chipotle jam and Italian Ice sounds enticing. Great post

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  71. marlaposted June 8, 2012 at 10:05 pm Reply

    Crisps, crumbles, cobblers ~ love them all. The pistachios are a great idea!