Tuesday, 22 May 2012

A Crumble for the Conditions - donated by Author Ananda Braxton-Smith

A Crumble for the Conditions
This has been one of my fave recipes over many years. The first of its best things is you don’t have to peel the fruit.
The second is you don’t have to be particular about measurements. It tastes good from quite tart right up to teeth-singingly sweet. As shown here it serves 6-8 people but you can make any amount by just adding some more fruit and crumble-stuff, and increasing the honey and juice a bit, just enough to keep the mixture tacky. I’ve made one big enough to feed 12 without even thinking! And I am no baker.
Also my kids loved it then and they love it now!
(and they are 18 and 22) 

Fruit mix
6 lge granny smith apples, roughly chopped
6 pears, not yet quite ripe, roughly chopped
½ cup orange juice
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp cinnamon

2 cups wholemeal flour
3 cups rolled oats
5 tbsp soft brown sugar
5 tbsp honey
4-5 tbsp vegetable oil

Grease a baking dish.
Combine the fruit, juice, honey and cinnamon in a pan over a low heat.
Simmer fruit 15 minutes or until tender. Drain and reserve the liquid.
Return the liquid to heat and reduce over low heat until about 2 cups remain.
Pour the fruit and liquid into the baking dish.

To make the crumble, heat oil and honey a little --- until it’s easy to pour.
Mix dry ingredients in large bowl and mix with the oil/honey.
Spread the crumble over the fruit and bake whole lot in a moderate oven for 30-45 minutes.
When it’s golden brown on top it’s ready.

Serve with custard or ice-cream or crème fraiche or yoghourt --- or everything!

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