Friday, 21 February 2014

Maple Apple and Pear Crumble

 This is as simple and delicious as it gets. The perfect easy dessert. A bit of chopped fruit, an easy crumble and some whipped or ice cream...serve hot!!!! 
You know you can smell that cinnamon!!!!

You will need:
  • 2 apples - peeled and chopped
  • 2 pears - peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 lemon zested fine and juiced
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar 
  • 1/4 cup flour - all purpose
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
*note you can add some additional fruit like blueberries or raspberries or make it all one fruit!
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup flour - all purpose
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 tbsp cold butter - chopped into small cubes
  • 1/4 cup - 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
Whipped cream - I take 1 cup whipping cream and add 3 tbsp vanilla sugar and whip until stiff peaks
OR serve with best quality vanilla ice cream

Step 1: peel and chop fruit into small dice. Add fruit to a large bowl. Add lemon zest and juice, sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt. Mix well.

Step 2: pour fruit into a 9x9 pan or small ceramic dish.

Step 3: in a small bowl add ingredients for crumble. Add brown sugar, rolled oats, flour cinnamon, vanilla and butter. Use your fingers to massage butter into dry ingredients which will break butter into smaller chunks. This is not a huge amount of crumble if you prefer more I would suggest doubling the crumble portion of this recipe. I like the simple fruit with a modest amount of topping but, if you like more go ahead. Sprinkle crumble over fruit and finally drizzle the maple syrup over the top of the crumble. You can also add more maple syrup if you like.

Step 4: bake in a 350 degree F oven for 20-30 minutes until fruit is soft and bubbling and the crisp is browned. 

Serve hot with sweet whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. The house smells like heaven and the dessert is a classic combination of hot and sweet and the contrast of the cool cream.

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