Peach and Strawberry Almond Crumble

29 Jan

Peach and Strawberry Almond Crumble

So I haven’t eaten dessert for weeks, and as you know I don’t really give a hoot about sweet things but this was delicious – teamed up with a rainy evening, Midnight Cowboy DVD and my favourite person to stay home with on a Saturday night – a winner!

This is easy as pie. I mean crumble.

This was a beautiful fruit combo but you could substitute almost any fruit. I had these getting very ripe in my fridge.

You’ll need…

2-3 large peaches, cut into pieces

handful of strawberries, rinsed, hulled and halved

2 teaspoons castor sugar

about 3/4 cup plain flour

about 1/4 cup brown sugar

60 grams cold butter, diced

1/2 teaspoon ginger powder

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder

1/4-1/2 cup flaked almonds

Preheat to 190 fan-forced

The first step…

is to simply arrange your fruit in a shallow baking dish (mine was a one inch deep 20cm ceramic pie dish) and sprinkle with castor sugar. Leave to macerate a little while you prepare the crumble.

For the crumble…

Place all ingredients except the almonds in a stand alone mixer bowl, or a medium mixing bowl. Make sure the butter is very cold for best results. Process (on medium speed) or rub between your fingers until you have a large-ish crumble (if it is too fine, like breadcrumbs, the top will not go crunchy). It’s not a very enticing example but the crumble should be about the consistency of gravel.

Fold through the flaked almonds.

Sprinkle the crumble over the fruit – do not press it down – it should be a loose, even, thick layer.

Bake for around 20 minutes…

or until the fruit starts bubbling around the edges and the top is a deep golden brown.

I served it with yummy home-made custard – whisk 2 egg yolks, 1 tablsepoon cornflour, 1 tablespoon castor sugar thoroughly, pour over 250ml’s hot (almost boiling) milk – whisk vigorously. Pour into saucepan and stir over medium heat until thick. Refrigerate.

two4six8!

Yummy fruity comfort food

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3 Responses to “Peach and Strawberry Almond Crumble”

  1. Susan January 29, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    Reminds me of David’s mum who was a wizard at sweets. And how nice this would be for a Betty visit – we could make it together. Thanks for the remimder of how good the simple old desserts are.

    • Claire January 29, 2012 at 4:57 pm #

      I’d love to make this for Booper! We’ll be coming up for a visit as soon as we can. I thought this was too simple to blog about, I mean, everyone knows how to make crumble, but it was just so yummo! X

  2. violetsandcardamom January 31, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

    You can never go wrong with a crumble! I have never tried the combo of peach and almond…sounds so good!

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