Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Strawberry Crumble 101

Cook's notes: Crumble 101
Once you nail the process you can make a crumble with any kind of fruit anytime. 
A crumble, also known as a brown betty, is a dish of British origin that can be made in a sweet or savoury version, depending on ingredients used, although the sweet version is much more common. A sweet variety usually contains stewed fruit  topped with a crumbly mixture of butter, flour, oats and sugar.
Know the ratio
Equal parts oats to flour for topping
Flavor
Cinnamon is the standard but ground cardamom, ginger, allspice or nutmeg work well too. 
Use Your Hands
Your hands are the perfect tool for the job. Cut in 3 TB chilled butter into pieces and work into dry ingredients with your fingertips. 
The Filling
The great thing about a crumble it works with practically any kind of fruit. Gauge how much sugar to add based on the sweetness of the fruit. 
Baking the Crumble 
Butter a shallow 2 qt.baking dish. Scatter crumble topping evenly over the fruit filling. Bake 375 degrees for 35-45 minutes. Don't pull it out of the oven until topping is browned and juices are bubbling. 
Suggested Combos
Strawberry-Rhubarb with cinnamon  
Peach- Blueberry with allspice
Apricot-Raspberry with ginger
Pear-Cranberry with cinnamon
Strawberry Crumble
Ingredients:
6 cups (about 1-1/2 pounds) strawberries, hulled and quartered
1 TB. fresh lemon juice
2 TB. all-purpose flour
3 TB. light brown sugar, divided
1/3-cup flour
1/3-cup rolled oats
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. Saigon cinnamon
1/8 tsp. salt
3 TB. cold butter, cut into pieces

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Lightly grease an oval baking dish or an 8-inch brownie dish with cooking spray.
Layer the strawberries on the bottom of the dish and toss with lemon juice.
In a small mixing bowl, combine 2 tablespoon flour and 1 tablespoon light brown sugar; mix until incorporated.
Add the brown sugar mixture to the strawberries and mix to combine. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together almond flour, oats, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and remaining brown sugar.
With your fingers, rub in butter until mixture is crumbly.
Press mixture in between your fingers into small lumps and sprinkle over strawberries.
Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until top is golden brown and fruit is bubbling.
Remove from oven and let stand a few minutes.
Serve warm or cold.
Optionally, top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


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