Wednesday, August 24, 2016

PEACH, CHERRY, & BLUEBERRY CRUMBLE

Three of my favorite fruits to combine during the summer months are, peaches, cherries, and blueberries. Here is a fruit crumble recipe for you to enjoy, especially with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  
Here is a quick explanation of the different fruit desserts with a topping.

Lee's Kitchen Tips:
Crisp contains a topping of butter, sugar, flour, and nuts.
Crumble is the same as a crisp but also contains oats in the topping.
Cobbler is topped with spoonfuls of sweetened dropped biscuit dough.
Grunt is like a cobbler but cooked covered in a cast-iron skillet on top of a stove or campfire.
Buckle is made with berries tucked into a cake batter and topped with sweet butter crumbs. The batter buckles over the fruit.
Brown Betty is layered and also topped with sweet butter crumbs.



Filling
6 ripe peaches, peeled, halved, pitted, and sliced
1 cup cherries, pitted and cut in half
1 cup blueberries
1 T grated lemon zest
1 T lemon juice

1 T grated orange zest
1 T orange juice
½ cup granulated sugar
3 T flour or 3 T instant tapioca
¼ t freshly ground nutmeg

Crumble Topping
½ cup rolled oats
½ cup sliced almonds
½ cup flour
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup granulated sugar
½ t cinnamon
¼ t freshly ground nutmeg
4 T unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
Pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Place peaches, cherries, and blueberries in a bowl and gently toss with the lemon zest, lemon juice, orange zest, orange juice, sugar, flour, and nutmeg.

Pour oats and almonds in a blender or food processor and pulse to break up the pieces slightly.  Set aside while making the crumble.

In a medium bowl and add the rest of the crumble ingredients and mix with a pastry cutter until the butter is broken into small pea-size pieces.
Mix in the oats and almonds.

Set 6 individual ramekins on a baking sheet.
Divide the fruit between the dishes.
Sprinkle crumble topping evenly over the fruit.
Bake in oven for about 35 to 40 minutes, until fruit is bubbling and top is golden brown.

Remove from oven and let cool a few minutes.

Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Serves 6

Note: If you want to make this dessert extra-extra special, add a tablespoon of kirsch cherry brandy to the fruit.