As a home cook, it is important to have a repertoire of recipes you can pull out at a moment’s notice (you know, your family shows up unannounced, you end with a hot date, or you’re just plain hungry). We’ve covered one such recipe before, and today we’re going to show you a really easy dessert recipe that needs very few ingredients and can be endlessly tweaked. Read on for our version of Fruit Crumble/Crisp.
Like I mentioned, this recipe is really easy to change up depending on what you have handy. Almost any kind of fruit will work, and you sub in a variety of different grain products too.
What You’ll Need:
- ~1kg of fruit
- 1 cup of sugar (any kind works, we like brown sugar best)
- 1 cup of flour (feel free to use rice flour, oatmeal, corn meal, whatever you like!)
- 1/2 cup of melted butter (or margarine, or Earth Balance [found out about this in one of our favorite cookbooks, Skinny Bitch]
- Your favorite baking spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, star anise for example)
- A few drops of lemon juice… maybe. (Depending on what kind of fruit you choose)
What You’ll Do:
Preheat your oven to 350, and find a baking dish (9×9 square, 9″ round, 13×9, etc.). Chop up your fruit into pieces that are equally sized, and fill up the baking dish. If you use acidic fruit, sprinkle some sugar over the works if you like, or sprinkle a little lemon juice if the fruit is overly sweet. Also mix in around 1 teaspoon of your choice of baking spice. (If you use frozen fruit, make sure it goes in the dish while well frozen, and sprinkle a few spoonfuls of flour on top to help thicken the ‘sauce’). Mix all that up, then get to work on the crumble.
Combine the sugar and flour in a bowl along with additional baking spices (if you want), and whisk together. Pour the butter over, and mix until all the ingredients are well combined. Then, crumble the mixture over the fruit, and bake for about 1 hour. You’ll know it’s done when the crumble is browned and the fruit is bubbling around the sides!
Bingo! You’ve made Fruit Crumble. Let it stand for a few minutes, and serve hot on its own or with vanilla ice cream.
The crumble in these pictures is one of my favorite – Apple/Pear with cinnamon and nutmeg (sometimes with raisins). Some other favorites I’ve made in the past:
- Berries (frozen 4 berry blend) with cinnamon and star anise, flour topping
- Apple/Raisin with cinnamon, oatmeal topping
- Apple/Orange/Banana with nutmeg, cardamom, flour/corn meal topping
With this base recipe, the sky is really the limit. Let us know if/when you try something new and make a delicious discovery!