Heartwarming Winter fruit crumble

This crumble is both easy and deliciously satisfying! I made it one night, feeling the need for a bit of sugar and comfort, as the nights were growing cold. I had a few berries and some other fruit in the fridge and just wanted something comforting, unctuous and a little bit self-indulgent.

Normally, a recipe like this would call for mini ramekins so you can serve them singularly, per person. However, I chose to do it in two slightly larger baking dishes. Each dish would probably serve three, or one on a lonely Winter night.

The best thing about it is how quick it is. Bung everything into a saucepan, open up some nice, tasty, organic muesli and reap the rewards! The muesli is also much better than just standard oat and sugar crumble, it has a much more varied texture and has little bits of other fruits and raisins on top as well.

What you will need:

  • 1 punnet of blueberries
  • 1 punnet of raspberries
  • a handful of strawberries (optional)
  • 1 large organic apple/1 small cooking apple
  • good quality, organic muesli
  • butter
  • caster sugar
  • demerera sugar

How you do it:

  1. Throw all the fruit into a pot with the caster sugar and a dash of vanilla extract, 2 tsp of cinnamon and 1/2 tsp of nutmeg. If using apple, chop it up as finely as you want, making sure you take into account the cooking time necessary
  2. Allow everything in the saucepan to cook together and boil down slightly for a few minutes
  3. Combine the muesli, butter and demerera sugar in a bowl and rub together until you get medium to large breadcrumbs
  4. Divide the mixture between your chosen ramekins, about halfway up.
  5. Top with the crumb, don’t overpack as you want to see all that dark red and purpley goodness ooze at the sides

Serve:

Best served fresh from the oven, with a scoop of ice cream on top or a drizzle of cream. Sometimes all that fruit can be too sweet, tart and even luscious at times so a bit of cream or ice cream will cut through that nicely, contrasting taste, texture and temperature.

Try it yourself:

I made this with normal apples, though they were hyper-sweet organic ones so probably the closest to cooking apples you could get. I just bunged them into the pot with the berries and sugar, because I like the crunch as opposed to the slop. But try it yourself and maybe bake them first and throw them in with the berry mix at the end or stew them before.

Be liberal with your scents and spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla will all add to the warming, comforting effect. Even use vanilla sugar, which Tesco stock in their baking aisle.

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