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Fruit Crumble – design your own dessert!

Posted on June 3, 2015 by in baked goods, desserts

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Fruit crumble has to be the essential winter dessert. It’s comforting, crunchy, creamy, fruity and most of all, it is warm.


Making Fruit crumble is much easier than making a pie or tart and it is definitely the most versatile of all winter desserts. You can choose our own fruit, your own crumbly topping, so you can pretty much design your own fruit crumble. Cool, isn’t it?

Fruit Crumble

The best part of making a fruit crumble is that I don’t have to weigh the fruit. It is just one of those forgiving recipes that cannot go wrong. So when I  go shopping for fruit or look at my existing fruit basket, I take into consideration how many people I have to serve and how big my dessert dish or bowl will be. I then cut up enough fruit to fill the oven dish that I am using and then just to make the delicious crumble I am using and we are good to go!

The crumble is another story and the internet is flooded with ratios and formulas to get the right crunch. I don’t think there is a winning formula, for me it depends on the fruit you are using. Some folk like to keep things simple and stick to flour, sugar and butter, but I prefer a nutty crunch, no matter what fruit I choose. So let’s just say a beginning-of-the-month fruit crumble will be berries or exotic figs with pistachios orwalnuts in the topping, but the end-of-the-month fruit crumble will be the humble old pear or apple crumble, ok?

Fruit Crumble

My preference for a basic crumble is 1 part flour, 1/2 sugar and 1/2 butter. Then you can add your own crumbly twist to it.

I had plums left over from a cooking class and also a few raspberries, so that was my choice of fruit and in the end I loved the tartness of the fruit with the sweet crumble, but you can really go for any fruit, even canned if you have no other choice.

Fruit Crumble

Fruit Crumble – Plum and Raspberry

serves 6

Ingredients

6 heaped cups of diced fruit – if the fruit has soft peels, leave the peels on, otherwise peel fruit ( I had 5 cups plum and 1 cup raspberries)

125 ml sugar

30 ml corn starch

5 ml vanilla extract

2 ml salt

Method

Preheat oven to 180C. Place all the cut up fruit in a big bowl and add the vanilla, sugar and cornstarch. Mix together and scoop into a big pie dish or 6 individual ramekins.

For the Crumble

Ingredients

500 ml flour – I used 250 ml flour, the rest I made up with almond flour, chopped pistachios and chopped pecan nuts

250 ml brown sugar

250 ml butter – cut into cubes

5 ml fine cinnamon or vanilla

10 ml baking powder

Method

Place the dry ingredients in a bowl and with your fingers work the butter into the dry ingredients until you have a big, heavy crumb mixture. Scoop the crumb mixture onto the fruit in each bowl and it is ok to over-fill the bowls. As the fruit cooks, it softens and settles and your bowls will be filled with goodness and even have a delicious dribble on the side of the bowl. Bake for about 30 minutes or until golden brown and you can see the fruit juices oozing out. Serve with custard, cream or ice-cream.

Fruit Crumble

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One Response to “Fruit Crumble – design your own dessert!”

  1. Susan Schoeman 4 June 2015 at 11:05 am #

    dankie vir die heerlike resep, ek het so eetl. msueli en 2eetl. klapper – bygevoeg, heerlik! dit is so lekker om jou resepte te doen. altyd suksesvol! die taai hoender!!!


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