Thursday, 2 May 2013

Summer Fruit Crumble

May day was spent with lots of morning paperwork and emailing so we decided to take a longer lunch and enjoy a bit of summer in a homemade fruit crumble.

1 Punnet of strawberries
1 Packet or 6/7 sticks of rhubarb
4 tablespoons of soft brown sugar
1 tablespoon of cinnamon
2 teaspoons of vanilla
1 table spoon of vegetable oil
2 tablespoons of non dairy butter [i.e vitalite]
Crumble Mix
8 oz of sifted plain flour
4 0z of vitalite or non dairy butter chilled
4 0z of demerara sugar plus extra to sprinkle on top
1 scant teaspoon of cinnamon for dusting
Pre heat the oven to 180c
Cut the rhubarb into 1 inch pieces. Heat oil and non dairy butter in a wide pan, when melted add the rhubarb and the sugar and cook until softened but not mushy. Add the vanilla and cinnamon.
Halve or quarter the strawberries depending on size and place with the cooked rhubarb into 1 large or 3 smaller dishes.

Crumble Topping
Sift flour into a mixing bowl add the cubed non dairy butter and mix together until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs, add the sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Cover the rhubarb and strawberry mixture and dust with a little sugar and cinnamon.

Bake at 180c for approx 30 min's or until hot and the fruit is bubbling.
Serve in a sunny dining room with a pretty magazine and a cup of tea.
Hope you had a lovely May Day and are looking Forward to the bank holiday weekend, what are you doing? (sneak peek we are making jam with our WI so lots of jam pictures coming up.)
Crown & Country xx

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