A crunchy Crumb Crust is a cooking technique that I use for a lot of my recipes. This delicious crust can form the bottom layer of bar and cheesecake recipes and can take the place of a pie crust anytime you don’t want a double pie crust dessert. Don’t know how to make one? Just follow my cooking tips step by step and you’ll have a delicious base for your next dessert done and ready for your sweet toppings.
Crumb crusts are also MUCH easier to make than a standard pie crust. If you have a food processor and a few ingredients, you can make a crumb crust in just seconds.
Basically a crumb crust is made from three ingredients: Butter, Sugar of some sort, and 1 other ingredient. The beauty of a crumb crust is that you can decide what that third ingredient is depending on what else you want to put on top of the crust.
- Will you have chocolate chips swimming in the topping? Try an Oreo Cookie based crust
- Making a streusel topping over cheesecake? Use Flour in your crumb crust.
- Will your toppings have a salty taste? Try making the crust with pretzels
- Want a traditional crumb crust? Use Graham crackers.
Let’s make a simple crumb crust!
For my crumb crust, I use a mixture of the following:
1 cup of brown sugar
1 cup of unsalted butter
2 cups of all purpose flour
Want to see how easy it is to make a crumb crust? Just dump all of the ingredients into a food processor. I cut my butter into cubes and make sure that it is at room temperature.
A few pulses with the food processor and, a few seconds later, the flour and brown sugar combine to make a wonderful mixture that is just perfect to use in bars.
Butter at room temperature will be easily incorporated into the brown sugar and flour making a coarse corn meal type of texture with a few larger clumps in it. Trying not to taste it right now is a challenge!
Press the mixture into a pan that is lined with parchment paper and sprayed with some non stick cooking spray. I use a Misto sprayer. It allows me to add whatever oil I would like and it is SO much cheaper than buying a store bought non stick spray. The parchment paper will make it easier to remove the crust after it is cooked and topped.
The bottom of a small measuring cup will press the mixture down evenly.
All that is left to do is the cook the crumb crust in a 350 º oven for 20 minutes.
The crust puffs up a little and turns a light golden brown. Once it is cooled, you can add whatever you would like to for toppings. My latest crumb crust got a layer of cheesecake as well as some cinnamon apples and a streusel topping and they were amazing! See the apple cheesecake bars recipe here.
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- 2 cups of all purpose flour
- 1 cup of unsalted butter, cubed
- ½ cup of packed brown sugar
- Add all of the ingredients in a food processor. Pulse for a few seconds until the mixture resembles coarse corn meal.
- Press the crust mixture into the bottom of a 9 x 13" pan. Bake for 20 minutes in a preheated 350º oven.
- Add any toppings you would like to finish the crust.
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