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Fall Fruit Crumble – its never too early for this

September 20, 2009

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SO! Its been a fabulous weekend, the foodies reunited, and Sarah brought this delight to the table.

I’m sure most folks would consider us to be fairly boring. No, we’d be terrible hosts. We enjoy ourselves though. We did have plans to go into Toronto for the Toronto International Film Festival (www.tiff.net) this weekend, absorb some culture (god knows we need it) and treat ourselves to a lovely dinner out. However, after a late night Friday and a lackadaisical Saturday morning our thoughts were closer to our comfy couch than rusty theater seats. And with Autumn approaching (oh so very fast, please give us more time), what better way to spend the chilly nights than in the hot tub! And of course, chilly evenings bring some of my favorite seasonal desserts – crumbles.

We were over for dinner Saturday night at Sarah’s parents house and her mom had procured this fantastic recipe. Pears, apples, cranberries, orange zest and loads of brown sugar and butter form this delectable crumble.  This dessert is definitely a fall treat with loads of that fall harvest flavour we all love.

Fall Fruit Crumble

Ingredients:

Filling:

3 apples
3 pears
zest of an orange
1 c cranberries
1 1\2 c sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

Topping:

1 c flour
2/3 c tightly packed brown sugar
3 tbs sugar
1/4 c toasted chopped almonds
1 stick of salted butter
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350

Filling

1. Peel and rough slice the apples and pears, then place in a big bowl
2. Add flour, sugar, cinnamon, orange zest and cranberries
3. Stir until fruit is coated

Topping

1. Combine flour, sugars, almonds, cinnamon and butter with a pastry blender or two knives until it has an oatmeal texture

To Finish: Toss your filling into a baking dish and top with the…. topping. Chuck in the oven (ok, place it) and wait 65 minutes. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream and you have yourself a wonderful after dinner delight!

* Note: we found it was quite sweet and would recommend using only 1 cup of sugar.

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