It is that time of the year when we have been raiding the farm for blackberries. We have made Ice cream, Bread and Butter Pudding and blackberry buns and now it is time for a classic crumble with the last pickings from the bushes. As always there is a little twist since I can never follow a recipe!
Healthy and Speedy
I enjoy good wholesome food, am not prepared to slave for hours and want my children to have a healthy diet. This crumble ticks all the boxes for me as I can make it in literally minutes, excluding the blackberry picking. I use wholemeal flour and add oats to boost the fibre content and give more texture to the crumble with no loss to flavour and the vitamins are plentiful from the fruit. The drop of alcohol does nothing for the health benefits but is great to jazz it up a notch for a dinner party.
For the Crumble
150g Wholemeal Self raising flour
50g Porridge oats
125g granulated sugar
75g oz butter
Teaspoon of cinnamon (optional)
410g tin of sliced peaches in light syrup.
3 pears (not too soft)
1 small cup of blackberries
2 tablespoons of Kirsch or Cassis (Optional)
Place sliced peaches with the syrup in an oven proof dish
Slice the pear, leaving the skin on but removing the core and add to the dish
Scatter blackberries over the top
Add Kirsch / Cassis.
Place all the crumble ingredients in a food mixer and whiz to a fine breadcrumb consistency.
Pour the crumble mix over the fruit and level out with fingers or a fork but without pressing down as this will make the crumble dense instead of light and airy.
Place in an oven at 180 degrees for about 30 minutes till golden and bubbling. Don’t worry if the juices spill over at the edges, this creates a sticky caramel taste with the crumble top which is delicious.
Crumble is easy to freeze and can be heated from frozen in the oven or microwave making it perfect for my Coombe Cuisine reception shop range to tempt our holiday makers. Do look out for them in the freezer if you come to stay.
I would love to hear of any other good ideas with blackberries, as I have a freezer full! If you have a post please include a link in the comments here to I can take a peep.
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