I found this recipe amongst my many cookery books one day and photocopied it to try. It sounded good and also quick and easy. I can't remember which book it was though . . . I have so many . . . but I suspect it was in one of the Good Food 101 series.
Each week, I go through my books and photo copy the recipes that I want to try in the coming week, and work them into menus. Sometimes I end up using them, sometimes I don't, but it makes Todd happy to see me planning meals and it's good for me to have some sort of idea in my head of what I am going to be doing when I go to the shops to buy in the food for the week.
Sometimes I end up not using all the recipes I have photocopied and so I put them in a file of ones that I want to do later . . . (I am well intentioned!) This recipe was one of those so that's why I can't remember where it came from! DOH!
This crumble was a bit different than most in that you don't have to go to the trouble of rubbing butter into flour. You just melt the butter and then stir in some muscovado sugar and oats. Easy peasy lemon squeasy.
The orignal recipe called for a tin of summer fruits, but I had lots of fresh berries in the house so I used them instead and just added the juice of an orange and some sugar to make up for the syrup in the tin.
It turned out absolutely gorgeous! We loved this and it was sooo easy!! It is now in my file of easy favourites!!
The topping is nutty and buttery and the fruit was just right. With a bit of cream on top it went down a real treat, and I will be making it again for sure! I am thinking that you could use this easy topping with all kinds of fruits! I see it now with some nectarines and raspberries.
*Red Fruit Crumble*
The topping for this is so easy to put together. It makes the whole dessert a delicious doddle!
4 eating apples, peeled, cored and chopped
300g tin of summer fruits in syrup
(I used 1 tea mug of blueberries, 1 tea mug of raspberries, 1 tea mug of strawberries, along with the juice of one orange
and a bit of sugar)
4 ounces butter (1/2 cup)
2 ounces light muscovado sugar (1/3 cup)
5 ounces porridge oats (2 1/2 cups)
ready made custard, ice cream or cream to serve
Preheat the oven to 190*C/375*F/Gas mark 5. Place all of the fruit into a large saucepan along with the juice from the orange and a bit of sugar. (If using the tinned fruit add the tin of fruit, undrained) Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until the apples are cooked, stirring occasionally. This should take 12 to 15 minutes. Pour this mixture into a shallow gratin dish.
Melt the butter and then stir in the muscovado sugar and the porridge oats. Mix together well and then spoon this over top of the fruit in the dish.
Bake for 20 minutes, until the topping is golden and the filling is bubbling. Serve warm with some custard, ice cream or cream.
My friend Gordon of What Should I Have For Dinner Tonight is having a slam up Event over the next few weeks in honor of the World Cup!
Quoted from his page:
On Friday the 11th of June, the biggest sporting event of all, the FIFA World Cup, kicks off in its nominated destination for 2010, South Africa. This is the first time that the four-yearly tournament has ever been held on the African continent and it is likely to prove to be something special, for that fact alone.
As advised a couple of weeks back, I have decided to invite and engage the assistance of a number of food writers from around the world to showcase their talents on this blog during the month long tournament, preparing a dish representative of their respective countries, on a date upon which their country is actually playing a match. I have labelled this project, "The Unofficial World Cup of Food 2010."
Anyways, to make a long story short, I am representing England, competing against America on Saturday and I have created a real special dish for the occasion! I really put a lot of thought into it and I think it is something that screams England! I hope you'll all keep tuned to the event on Gordon's Page and also be sure to check in on Saturday to see exactly what I cooked up!