Saturday 24 August 2013

Simple Strawberry Crumble Recipe

   I am hopeless in the kitchen. I know I post a lot of recipes and kitchen stuff (a lot for someone who fails 80% of the time), but a lot of them took me a lot of goes, and I've actually done a lot more in the kitchen for the blog, but so much of it fails that it never makes it on here.
   But who the hell can go wrong with crumble? The only thing that can go wrong with crumble is if you burn it. Even my dad makes crumble. He makes a gooseberry one every summer with the gooseberries that grow in the garden, but this year the slugs got there first :( So, because they were £1 in Tesco, I bought a large punnet of strawberries and set to making a crumble.

You Will Need:
For the strawberries:
A punnet of strawberries
4 tsp Vanilla extract
50g/2oz caster sugar
For the topping:
110g/4oz plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
75g/3oz cold butter, diced
75g/3oz sugar
heatproof dish

   Pre-heat oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.

   Hull your strawberries (cut the stem off and hollow the top out slightly in the process) and layer them into the bottom of your heatproof dish to cover the bottom. Sprinkle sugar and vanilla extract over the top and jiggle it about a bit to make sure it gets everywhere.

   Next, mix the flour and butter in a bowl by rubbing it between your fingers to make breadcrumbs. Once you're satisfied, add sugar and mix it about. Sprinkle this over the top of the strawberries and flatten it down so the top is nice and smooth. You can mix up more breadcrumbs if you're not satisfied with the coverage.

   Put the heatproof dish on a baking tray and put it in the oven for 20 minutes. It may need to go in a little longer, but you'll know it's done when the top is browning. Or until the edges are slightly burned. That's how I usually know it's done. Like I said, I'm a nightmare in the kitchen. But otherwise, you really can't go wrong here. The juices from the strawberries will also probably start to come through the top, but that's the sign of a good, healthy crumble. This will also make your kitchen smell like heaven.

   Take it out from the oven and let it cool. Serve warm or cold, with cream or custard. I had some cream left over from another project so we finished it off with the crumble. My dad praised it to the clouds, which is something because he never usually does that.

1 comment:

  1. This looks delicious! Oh yum, what a perfect idea for Labor Day!


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