Sunday, 14 September 2014

Happy Day 31: Sunday Strolling

#100HappyDays Day 31: Miss T and a friend and I went for a stroll for a couple of hours through the public gardens, along by the river and out through the orchards and back round again. We brought tupperware with us and collected more blackberries, picked some apples and even a stray pear.

We encountered quite a few dogs, quite a few cyclists, and made friends with some horses - I think the apples may have helped that along a bit. (They actually trotted along side us all the way to the fields edge as we walked down the path).

It looked like rain so we decided to head home and make blackberry and apple crumble with custard.

Fruit Crumble

1kg fruit (we used apples and blackberries)
100 - 200g sugar (if you think the fruit needs it)

200g flour
100g butter or marg
100g sugar

- Put the oven on at 200 C.
- Peel and wash the fruit and mix with the sugar. You can heat it up for about 10 - 15 mins in a pan if you want to speed up cooking time, or you can just put it in an oven dish as is. If there is a lot of liquid from the fruit you may want to drain off some of it. 
- Meanwhile, rub the flour and the butter together between your fingers until they are completely mixed together and look like bread crumbs, then mix in 100g of sugar. Cover the fruit with the crumble topping so that it covers the whole surface area of the dish.
- Put in the oven for 15 - 20 mins if you have already cooked up the fruit, about 50 - 60 mins if you haven't. Make sure it's piping hot before serving. We dished it up with custard, but I reckon cream would be just as good.

For me, wanting crumble means that autumn is on it's way - soon the nights will be drawing in, there will be a chill in the air and we'll be in woolly tights, scarves and berets, jumping in piles of fallen leaves.

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