A “crumble” is a lovely english dessert which i was introduced to recently. My lovely english friends never believed I had never tasted or made one before! Well… (blushing) even tho i had heard about a crumble i had never tasted or made one ever. It is so easy to make and so deliciously versatile. All you need is fruit, sugar, flour, butter…and thats it!!! Crumbles can be made with any fruit. Apple crumbles are popular, but i prefer fruits of the forest such as blueberries, raspberries etc, or ofcoruse the cherries! This can be eaten hot or cold and is usually served with custard or icecream. My daughter just loves to eat it on its own..the lovely crumbly sweet topping and the soft fruity layer… You just have to try this to believe it! Crumbles are a good way to use up extra fruit or even to get kids to eat fruit in a fun way!
1 cup of any cooked fruit, just peel and chop the fruit and put it to cook with some sugar till its nice and pulpy.
1 cup of whole wheat flour or plain flour (maida or aata)
3/4 cup of brown sugar
4 tablespoons of butter plus a bit extra
Mix the flour and butter with the sugar till it becomes a coarse mixture like breadcrumbs. In a baking tray add the cooked fruit pulp and spread it into a layer. Sprinkle it with the floury mixture all over the fruit layer covering the fruit totally. Dot with a little butter and sprinkle with a bit of brown sugar. Doing this makes the crumble crunchy. Bake in a preheated oven at 200 degrees till nice and browned on the top. Serve hot or cold with custard. Its simply delicious!! I guess it got its name because of the lovely crumbly texture of the topping! It just melts in your mouth and crumbles when you touch it… Lovely!
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If making an apple crumble, just peel and core the apple and cut into thin slices. Top with a bit of brown sugar and cinnamon and layer onto a baking tray and sprinkle the flour mixture on top. Mango crumble: the mango can be cooked or it can be sliced thinly and done the same way. For fruits of the forest make sure you cook them first with sugar as they tend to be sour. You can also use canned fruit filling, I USED THIS ONE.
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