(I am currently knee deep in packing so my dear friend Little Miss Moi has kindly shared a recipe today – enjoy!)
There’s nothing more I like than a little bit of dessert, and I have many-a-times been a willing recipient of Natalie’s tasty treats.
Sadly, though, I lack her talent for the precision or patience required for baking, and thus I am more than happy to *gulp* rely on a store-bought dessert treat should I have a hankering for sweets on the weekend.
Yesterday, however, the shopping was taken out of my hands because Mr Moi volunteered to go to the shops. Even when he’s armed with a list, he comes back with some interesting ingredients and even more interesting ideas, so I was not at all surprised when out of the shopping bags came not one, but two jumbo cans of fruit for dessert.
As we let our dinner settle in our tummies over a DVD, I started to think that perhaps apple and/or peaches with custard was a little bit boring. So I decided to put that one missing ingredient between the two – and made a crumble.
I love crumbles, and should make them more often because they are so easy to make. Just mix together a couple of ingredients and voila – dessert! Usually when I’m not so lazy, I stew up my apple with a little water, brown sugar, cinnamon and the occasional sultana. However, laziness is my middle name, especially this past weekend, so out of the can the ingredients came.
I whipped up the crumble in five minutes – I even managed to keep up with the subtitles on the film we were watching – Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (which was not as good as the book, for those who are interested!) The oats were delicious and added that little bit of texture required to give the crumble some substance.
And I have to say, it tasted even better for breakfast in the morning. And even better after lunch!
quick apple and peach crumble
(recipe adapted from taste.com)
150g (1 cup) plain flour
100g (1/2 cup, firmly packed) brown sugar
70g (1/2 – 3/4 cup) rolled oats
100g chilled butter
800g stewed or canned fruit of choice
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
Mix together the dry ingredients in a bowl. Chop the butter into small squares and rub into the mixture until well mixed – this is apparent when the mixture comes together and doesn’t look dry anymore!
Lay the fruit across the base of a 1.5L dish, and pack the crumble on top. (If using canned fruit, add a little of the syrup to the dish to keep the mixture nice and moist).
Bake for 20 minutes, until golden brown. Serve with custard, cream or ice-cream!