Trying to stick to my ‘Bake once a Week’ resolution. I missed last week, had too much on my plate and bad brain* got took up all my down time.
This week I wanted fruit to be the star of the show(since last bake was chocolate chip cookies). I also wanted to use an ingredient that was in season. Had to go with rhubarb.
Rhubarb is super nostalgic for me, my maternal grandfather grew a large patch in his back garden. His partner Beverly would make jams and pies and crisps and crumbles to feed the grandchildren and the neighbours.
I’ve been homesick lately. Summer in the city always gets me down. I’m an island girl and I miss the sea and the wilds most this time of year. I’ve also been reflecting on mortality, family relations, and legacy. So this bake was reflective of that.
I had never had a CRUMBLE until I moved to the UK. It was one of the first desserts I remember being served by my inlaws. I grew up on CRISPS which are essentially the same but with an crispy oat topping instead rather than the crumbly crumble topping.
- 85g golden caster sugar
- 1 heaped tbsp cornflour
- 450g strawberries
- 450g rhubarb
I hate proper measurements tbh. When you’re cooking for 1-2, which I often am they just make too much. I don’t want to serve 4-6. This usually means fluffing the number. In this case I chopped my fruit directly into my baking tray and filled it to the brim(knowing it will cook down and leave me enough room for plenty of crumble).
- Preheat oven to 75F / 190C / Gas Mark 5
- Cut your fruit into chunks, I like mine big and rustic, and place in a bowl.
- Remember the fruit will soften and disintegrate when you cook it so bigger pieces make for better mouthfeel and be more substantial.
- Add lemon juice, sugar, black pepper, and cornflower to fruit and toss gently.
- Place fruit into a saucepan and heat on medium-low until fruit softens and sauce thickens.
- Pour compote into baking tray.
- 120g plain flour
- 60g caster sugar
- 60g unsalted butter or margarine at room temperature, cut into pieces
- Throw everything into a bowl and using a fork mash it all together until you get that lovely crumble.
- Scoop crumb topping onto the compote.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until crumble is golden brown.
Remove from the oven and allow it to cool. Serve with vanilla ice cream or custard.