Perhaps winter is the least favoured month of all, but I actually like it. I…
It’s nice to have a heartwarming dessert on cozy autumn and winter weekends, isn’t it? Crumbles are great if you want to indulge yourself with rich flavours. Served hot with warm custard or vanilla ice cream, crumbles are delightful and lift the spirits on chilly autumn and winter days.
Perhaps the best thing about crumbles is that you can use any fruit you like and in any form. You can use fresh, frozen or even fruits out of a tin, plus it’s super easy to make. I like adding oats and walnuts to the crumble for an extra crunch.
(one baking tray)
a hand full of walnuts
1 tbsp lemon juice
frozen fruits or the fruit of your choice (Fresh fruit would need to be Pre cooked, for best results.)
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
4 egg yolks
2 tsp cornflour
Sugar according to your taste
Put the flour, oats, sugar and butter into a bowl. Rub the butter with your fingertips until it is evenly distributed, and the mixture looks like crumbs. Then add the walnuts and mix it to the crumbs.
Put the fruit into a bowl, drizzle it with some sugar and pour the lemon juice on it. Then mix the fruit and pour it into a backing tin or skillet.
Spread the crumble mixture on the top of the fruit and bake it at 180C fan for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown. Mind the juice of the fruit which can bubble over.
Now let’s make the custard. Mix the milk, the cream and the vanilla extract in a saucepan and bring it to the boil. Mix the egg yolks, sugar and cornflour in a bowl.Then gradually add the milk to the yolks while stirring it. Once you have added all the milk, transfer the mixture to the saucepan and cook it over medium heat while constantly stirring it. Once you reached the desired consistency, it’s ready.
Serve the crumble out of the oven with warm custard. Light a candle to add to the ambience and just enjoy the flavours of the season.