( SERVES 5 )
Photo by Lottie Hedley
Use poached fruit of the season, and ensure it is hot before using as otherwise the crumble won’t cook up crispy. For a nutty twist, swap the crumble for the crunchy nut and seed recipe.
|½ cup||White sugar, or well-packed soft brown sugar|
|½ cup||Desiccated coconut|
|100 g||Butter, slightly softened|
|2 Tbsp||Golden syrup|
|1 Tbsp||Boiling water|
|1 tsp||Vanilla essence, or extract|
|½ tsp||Baking soda|
|3 cups||Poached fruit, i.e., tamarillos, feijoas, apples or pears, freshly cooked and hot|
Crunchy nut and seed crumble
- Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan bake). Set the rack in the centre of the oven.
- Stir the flour, rolled oats, sugar and coconut together in a large bowl. Rub in the butter until the mixture looks like moist crumbs.
- Mix together the golden syrup, hot water, vanilla essence or extract and baking soda. Use a knife to just cut the wet ingredients into the oat crumb mixture.
- Place the fruit in a 6-cup capacity ovenproof dish. The fruit should be hot and half-fill the dish. Sprinkle the crumble on top.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 20–25 minutes or until the crumble is golden.
- To make the crunchy nut and seed crumble, toss all ingredients together, then sprinkle over the poached fruit in an ovenproof dish and bake as in the recipe above.
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