Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Oh Crumbs

There are great puddings, and then there are fruit crumbles. No messing about, just the simplicity of a chewy topping over a little sea of your fruit of choice. Nothing could be easier to make. And in this modern day 'throwaway' society, it is also a great way of using up some of your old, bruised and well past it's sell by date fruit.

My daughter Cerys gets pretty excited when it comes to making a crumble. Insisting on helping out, it becomes her creation at the tender age of 3. Well, with a little help from her dad of course.

We knocked up what has quickly become the Cerys Crumble tonight. All of her favourite fruit; strawberries aplenty, apples and pears, and then topped with muesli. We have been making our own muesli for a while, one that changes each time. This one had oats, bran, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, sultanas, apricots and pistachio nuts in it. Hang on, does that qualify this as a healthy dessert? Who cares? It is delicious.

The Cerys Crumble

250g of strawberries
3 apples
3 pears, peeled and cut into chunks
5 tbsp runny honey
1 vanilla pod

For the topping
200g muesli, home made or shop bought
50g wholemeal flour
1 tsp ground ginger
A small pinch of cinnamon
100g Demerara sugar
100g butter or low fat margarine

1 - Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees C, GM4.
2 - Place all of the fruit into a pan. Split the vanilla pod, scrape out the seeds and tip into the pan. Pour in the honey and bring to the boil. Simmer for 10 minutes until the fruit softens and release their juices. Tip into an ovenproof dish.
3 - Pour all of the topping ingredients into a large bowl or individual bowls or ramkeins. Mix together with your fingers, rubbing between your fingers until it is thoroughly combined and begins to form large 'crumbs'.
4 - Pour onto the fruit and shake to level it. Place onto the middle shelf and bake for 35-45 minutes until golden brown and bubbling.
5 - Allow to cool for 10 minutes then serve with custard, cream or yoghurt.


Sam Sotiropoulos said...

Oh Crumbs indeed! I just love crumbles and your concoction is definitely something I would enjoy! Crumbles up!

Peter M said...

Dave, Cerys is a cutie and you're raising to eat well and healthwise.

Nothing wrong with serving up a dessert like this..at least you know what your children are eating.

Jan said...

Funnily enough, I have just been talking about fruit crumbles to an American blogging friend.

This sounds great, I like the muesli variation with the topping.

Jeena said...

Oh I love crumbles, this sounds really rustic and tasty.

cave renovator said...

CRUMBLE!!!! Love it. This one sounds good enough to me! Cheers David.

sara said...

Crumble - one of my favourite puddings! Davey - am really loving this blog! How about doing a recipie involving Yorkshire puddings as a nod to the Leeds days!! xx

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Too cute!

Cerys obviously knows what she likes - and what's good for her. A great combination from the parental perspective!

BTW - I think you mean serve with custard, cream AND yogurt. ;-)

Bellini Valli said...

Cery makes one fine dessert there David:D

Holler said...

Cerys has good foddie taste buds already. It sounds like she is going to follow in her dad's footsteps!