Wednesday, 4 November 2009
It's no secret that I love grocery shopping, and I reckon I spend roughly twice as much time in grocery stores than most people, because of my job . . . so it's a pretty good thing that I do love it! I work as a personal chef in a big manor house and so, if I am not cooking and shopping for myself . . . I am cooking and shopping for work!
I regularly see things that I think to myself . . . I could do that and for less than half the price, and it would probably taste a lot better too.
I happened to see what looked like a delicious crumble in the frozen food section of my local Waitrose the other day . . . Orchard Fruit Crumble. What a tasty idea!!
I took a look at the ingredients and then dashed my trolly over to the produce section to pick up some apples, pears and plums.
Easy peasy . . . lemon squeasy. Of course, lashings of custard are a given . . .
And oh so very delish!!
*Orchard Fruit Crumble*
This is delicious and heartwarming. The perfect pud for a chilly autumn evening.
3 Bramley apples, peeled, cored and cut into chunks
3 pears, peeled, cored and cut into chunks
3 ripe plums, pitted and cut into chunks
2 oz butter
a pinch of cinnamon (optional)
8 oz of rolled organic oats
4 oz of soft butter
3 oz soft brown sugar
Melt the 2oz butter in a pan and then add the apples, pears and plums, coating them with the butter. Leave them to simmer on a gentle heat for about 5 to 6 mins or until just beginning to soften. Taste. If it seems a bit too tart, add a heaped dessertspoon of caster sugar. Pour this mixture into a buttered shallow baking dish.
Pre-heat the oven to 180*C/350*F.
Place 6 ounces of the oats in a blender. Blitz until they are the consistency of flour. Tip out into a bowl. Add the remaining oats, cinnamon, butter and sugar. Rub it all together until crumbly with your fingertips. Sprinkle evenly over the fruit in the baking dish.
Place into the heated oven and bake, uncovered, for 15 to 20 minutes, until the topping is nicely browned. The fruit should be completely soft as well. Remove from the oven and let sit for about 10 minutes, before spooning out into individual serving dishes.
Serve with lashings of custard or scoops of good quality vanilla ice cream.