Crumble IS the favourite sweet treat at my house. Doesn't matter if there's a chocolate cake, tort, cupcakes next to a crumble... Crumble is and will be the first choice for my 2 lil girls. It's actually a good thing, because crumble is mainly fruit (yes I know, and a lots of sugar too, but still..). Main ingredient of any good crumble, well actually base without which you don't have a crumble at all is... FRUIT! Our all time favourite is apple crumble, but I do like to experiment with other fruits. A very good combination is an apple & banana crumble! This time though, was a time for rhubarb. Result? A fantastic crumble which disappeared in few seconds! And two very small, but on that occasion very full and happy tummies :)
What is your favourite crumble? Are you a traditionalist in that department and go for apple or do you experiment? Tell me!
How to make it...
- 140 g plain flour
- 100 g caster sugar
- 100 g butter
- pinch of salt
- 2 cups chopped rhubarb
- 5 apples, peeled, deseeded and chopped
- 1 cup blueberries
- 4 tablespoon brown sugar (you might have to adjust that amount depending of how sharp is your rhubarb and or how sweet are your apples etc.)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon of water
In a bowl mix all the dry ingredients for the dough and add cold butter chopped into big chunks. Using your fingers mix the dry ingredients with the butter, creating a consistency of breadcrumbs. Mix the butter very well, through out the flour/sugar mix. Put everything together, forming a ball, place in a plastic bag and leave in the fridge for about 2 hours (or until butter in the dough becomes hard again).
In the meantime place all your fruit, brown sugar, vanilla and cinnamon in a pan (I'm actually using a small paella pan which I can place in the oven). Fry your fruit until they're just getting soft. Leave to cool completely.
Preheat the oven to 200 C. Now the assembly - you can do it with your hand (I'm actually always getting a help of 2 little hands which do the job just right :) ) or you can use a grater, the biggest one you have. Place your fruit in an oven proof pie dish or similar (I'm leaving my fruit where I fried them, in my enamel, paella dish). Spread the fruit evenly on the bottom of your dish. Take the dough from the fridge and either grate it evenly or crumble it with your fingers on top of the fruit. Place your crumble immediately in the hot oven and bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown and you can see fruit "bubbling" beneath the crumble. Serve warm (which is the best) or cold.