Summer Fruit Crumble ~June 1st, 2009

-2 small peaches
-2 small plums
-2 nectarines
-1/2 cup of raspberries
-good sprinkles of cinnamon, nutmeg & cloves
-about 1 tsp of real vanilla
-1/4 cup unsalted butter, cold.
-1/4 cup all-purpose flour
-1/3 cup packed brown sugar
-1/2 cup rolled oats

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

-Slice peaches, plums and nectarines into wedges, and put them into an 8x8 baking dish, or a medium casserole dish. Add raspberries.

-Add cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and vanilla to the fruit. Take 1 Tbsp of the flour, and 1 Tbsp of the brown sugar, and add to the fruit. Mix together gentle, so as to not smoosh everything too far...

-In a medium bowl, combine oats, and remaining flour and brown sugar. Add in butter, and cut into the mixture with a pastry cutter until the butter is in pieces the size of peas.

-Spread the crumble mixture evenly over the fruit.

-Bake for about 45 minutes, or until the crumb topping is evenly browned.

Serves 6 for 4 pts each, or 4 for 7 pts each. Perfect with Chapman's Plus Vanilla Frozen Yogurt!


Summer is a pretty precious time up here... The days may be long, but the months are short. You really have to make the most of it, and part of that is making summery meals (and, of course, desserts!) that really get you in the 'summer' frame of mind!

I love making this recipe... Cutting into the fruits, and having your hands get sticky with the sweet juiciness... Smelling the ripe nectarines and peaches - that wonderful, sweet smell that makes you think of fat bumblebees and wanting to find the best bit of shade... Working the butter into the crumb mixture, first with the pastry cutter, and then by hand, making sure that you'll get a wonderful, crispy texture...

The reason that you mix some of the flour and sugar in with the fruit at the beginning is that, while baking, these stone fruits will let out a lot of juices as they seemingly melt down, and, if you're unprepared, that can make for a soggy crumble! By adding the flour and sugar, you end up with a really wonderful, fruity sauce instead of messy juices. Personally, I reserve some of this, and spoon it over the frozen yogurt.

The crumb mixture is my basic crumb mixture - Honestly, you can make it, and spread it over pretty much any fruit combination, and it'll bake into a really nice crumble! Also, it's really great before baking, heh!

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