Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Taste of Autumn

All the beautiful Autumn fruits are now filling the markets and stores so what better way to enjoy the seasonal bounty than in delicious fruit crumbles. In this recipe I use apples, but they can be substituted for pears and mixed with blueberries, blackberries or with whatever combination takes your fancy. Just buy what looks good, don't forget to ask to taste the produce, you have to know it tastes good, and go to work creating a delicious dessert which everyone will love. A touch of comfort especially when the shorter, colder days of Autumn arrive. I would love to hear of the combinations you come up with.


6 Large Apples, peeled & cored (or substitute 2 apples with 200g/8oz berries of your choice)
100g/4oz Sugar, (I like to use brown sugar)
You Can Also Add 1/4 Tsp of Cinnamon to the Sugar (this works best with the Apples)
But experiment with flavours. You never know what you might come up with.

200g/8oz All Purpose Flour (plain)
100g/4oz Cold Unsalted Butter cut into small cubes
50g/2oz Oats
100g/4oz Brown Sugar

Heat oven to 180c/350f
Put apples and sugar into a pan and cook until fruit starts to soften, about 10 mins, at this point you can add any berries you might be using, bring to the boil and remove from heat. Pour into 4-6 (depending on size) individual serving dishes.

Put flour butter and a pinch of salt into a bowl and rub through your fingers until it looks like coarse breadcrumbs. You can also do this in a food processor. Add sugar and oats and put over fruit mixture. Bake for 25mins. Serve with vanilla ice cream or just a dollop of whipped cream.This can also be baked one large baking dish, but increase the cooking time by 10 mins.

Get Crumbling!

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