Fresh Strawberry Pistachio Crumble

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Easy Fresh Strawberry Pistachio Crumble Recipe
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When you’re out in the berry patch, drinking in the sunshine, tasting warm strawberries straight off the vine with sweet juice dripping down your chin… You don’t think about the size of your refrigerator.

This happens to me several times a year. We go to the farm and come home with way more berries than we could possibly use in one week.

So what do you do with five gallons on strawberries?

Easy Fresh Strawberry Pistachio Crumble Recipe

Here’s what I do…

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.

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 make a lovely Fresh Strawberry Pistachio Crumble for my family to enjoy after dinner.

Making Fresh Strawberry Pistachio Crumble Recipe

What’s the Difference Between A Cobbler, Crumble and Crisp?

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, cookie dough, or biscuit dough. Sometimes the biscuit dough is spooned over the top, instead of rolled, but it’s always a thick topping.

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.

How to Make Fresh Strawberry Pistachio Crumble Recipe

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 its texture and the way the topping breaks apart when you spoon it out into bowls.

For this Strawberry Pistachio Crumble Recipe, 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 the berrieness out of the strawberries.

Best Fresh Strawberry Pistachio Crumble Recipe

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.

Simple Fresh Strawberry Pistachio Crumble Recipe

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

The sauce needs time to cool and thicken so it holds together. Plus, 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.

The Best Fresh Strawberry Pistachio Crumble Recipe

Fresh Strawberry Pistachio Crumble is best with fresh summer berries, but you can make it with frozen strawberries all year long!

More Strawberry Treats:

Strawberry Yogurt Cake

Mixed Berry Crostata

Strawberry and Cornmeal Shortcakes

Strawberry Lemonade Layer Cake

The Best Strawberry Pizza

This bright blushing Fresh Strawberry Pistachio Crumble is the perfect summertime treat! It's an easy cobbler variation with a irresistible crumb topping!

Fresh Strawberry Pistachio Crumble

Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins
This bright blushing Fresh Strawberry Pistachio Crumble is the perfect summertime treat! It's an easy cobbler variation with a irresistible crumb topping!
Servings: 8 Servings
Nutrition Facts
Fresh Strawberry Pistachio Crumble
Amount Per Serving (1.5 cups)
Calories 593 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29g 45%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 45mg 15%
Sodium 156mg 7%
Potassium 640mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 75g 25%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 44g
Protein 9g 18%
Vitamin A 13.1%
Vitamin C 164.4%
Calcium 7.3%
Iron 13.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


For the Strawberry Filling:
  • 4 pounds ripe strawberries, stems removed and halved
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 3 tbsp Chambord (raspberry liquor)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
For the Pistachio Crumble Topping:
  • 1 cup self-rising flour (or AP flour + 1 tsp baking powder)
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped roasted pistachios
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, cut into cubes


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a 9X13 inch baking dish, mix the strawberries with the following five ingredients. Spread the berries out evenly.
  2. Using a dough blending tool (or your hands) mix the ingredients for the topping until the butter is well combined, but the mixture is still crumbly.

  3. Spoon the topping over the fruit. Bake for 40-50 minutes, until the edges are bubbling and the top is golden.
  4. Allow plenty of time for the crumble to cool before serving.

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80 comments on “Fresh Strawberry Pistachio Crumble

  1. Inesposted June 5, 2018 at 11:23 am Reply

    This looks and sounds amazing. But would you suggest something else besides Chambord ?

    • Sommer Collierposted June 5, 2018 at 12:03 pm Reply

      Hi Ines,

      You could use cherry juice or mixed berry juice instead of the Chambord, if you are trying to omit the alcohol. :)

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

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

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  6. 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

  7. 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

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

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

  9. 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. :)

  10. [email protected]posted May 25, 2011 at 11:07 am Reply

    Chambord, strawberries and pistachios- super combo. Wish I had been there for the strawberry fest, but I am happy just to get this recipe!

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

    The crumble looks wonderful.

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  13. 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???

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

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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

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

    So yummy!

  18. 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?

  19. 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.

  20. 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


  21. 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!

  22. 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

  23. 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.

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

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

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

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

  27. 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!