Friday, 26 May 2017

Nutty Apricot Crumble

This is not the most photogenic pudding I've ever created but it was one of the tastiest. I love a crumble, be it apple, blackberry, both, whatever fruit is offered I'm having some. It must be served piping hot, sticky around the edges and, if I'm allowed, it's to have both cream and ice cream on top. I love the contrast of really hot crumble and really cold ice cream - perfect!

This recipe is a little different from the usual crumble mix. It had pecans and almonds in the mix along with some vanilla. The apricots are kept deliberately sharp so there is a bite to the pudding just to counteract all the sweetness.

Recipe - enough for 4

1 punnet apricots - 500g
1 tablespoon caster sugar
100g plain flour
Pinch vanilla powder
50g ground almonds
50g chopped pecans
125g chilled butter
35g demerara sugar
35g caster sugar
handful porridge oats
handful of your favourite granola clusters

Pre-heat oven 200C /gas 6

First off wash, stone and slice your apricots, lay them in a pie dish and sprinkle over the tablespoon of caster sugar - if you want it sweeter add some more. I don't precook my fruit it's fine all going in at once with the topping on.

Next make up your crumble. Sift the flour in a bowl and add the ground almonds, the sugars and vanilla powder. Cut in the cold butter until it's in small cubes and then continue to rub in with your finger tips until you have something resembling a course breadcrumb mix. Now add your chopped pecans and the handful of porridge oats, stir in and then sprinkle the whole lot over the top of the apricots - I like to sprinkle it over so the crumble is mounded up in the middle and thin around the edges to allow for the fruit juices to bubble up. Sprinkle over the granola clusters and then pop into the oven.

Bake for 30 minutes until you have a golden topping and bubbling fruit.

Serve with cream, ice-cream, clotted cream, custard, all of these at once, or nothing at all........

I made my crumbles in deep individual bowls so there was room for the cream and ice-cream.

Have a lovely weekend
Love Lizx

 Apricot Crumble