Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Peach Berry Crumble

by Darla

I took my first BodyPump class last week.

For those of you who don’t know what that is, I’ll just simplify it by saying that it’s an hour of torture in which you are made to repetitively move a weight up and down and all around. To music.

They should really call it BodyDump, because the next day I was just a useless corpse that needed to be moved out of the way.

Alright, well, that’s not entirely true…I actually attended a Zumba class the next day. It was the day after that that I was just a body of jelly taking up space in my house.

I’ve gone back twice. Apparently, I enjoy being in pain.

The truth is, I love the class…the instructor is fantastic, and obviously, it’s working (and necessary).

But it’s love/hate. The worst thing about the class is that it really made me aware of just how weak I am. Nobody wants to know that.

I did the only thing I could do after finding out that I’m a flimsy bag of bones.

I made dessert. And I ate it. Obvs.

Back when I made my Ginger Peach Pound Cake, I had several peaches leftover that I really needed to use up. It’s the life of a food blogger…I mean, you’ve gotta have extras for the photos.

No one in my family is a huge fan of raw peaches, so I knew they’d go to waste if I didn’t cook them. While trying to decide what to make with them, I had one major criteria in mind: easy. Easy, which also entails fast, in my opinion, was essential. We still have boxes all over and I’m going stir crazy, so I wanted to get something made and out of the way, so I could work on more unpacking.

The Hubster wanted a pie. I didn’t feel like making a pie crust. Obviously, we needed to compromise. Enter the crumble. All the sweet fruity goodness of pie filling, with the simplicity of crunchy crumbs on top. Plus, it’s the perfect transition into autumn baking, what with the tasty, tasty cinnamon I put in the topping. :)

Plus, this can be made for anyone who has to be aware of food allergies, because it can very easily be made dairy free (vegan), as well as gluten free. Yay!

I chose to use fresh blue and blackberries with my peaches, but this is also wonderful with raspberries, and even strawberries. I love how all the fruit looks tossed together. :)

The rest of the filling ingredients are simple, on-hand stuff like brown sugar, sugar, all-purpose flour, and finely grated lemon zest.

You’ll also need a little lemon juice, which you’ll add ofter you’ve combined the dry ingredients.

After mixing the filling ingredients together, gently stir them into the fruit, being sure to evenly coat everything.

Now, transfer it all to a baking dish (mine is 7X10-inches, but an 8×8 pan works great, too).

Finally, add the crumbly goodness on top. I wanted to keep everything about this recipe simple, easy, and quick, so I used my streusel recipe from my French Toast Cupcakes to top my crumble. It turned out to be the perfect amount once I had doubled it, and the flavor and texture were exactly what this recipe needed.

You’ll bake this until the topping is golden brown and the juices are bubbling. My favorite part about this recipe (aside from eating it) is when I first take it out of the oven. I love the fragrant smell of the fruit and cinnamon, and the juices are piping hot and bubbly, peeking up through the topping…it’s like happy in a pan.

Let’s go over the fabulousness of this recipe again.

A. Fast. Even with peeling and slicing the peaches, this was in the oven in under 20 minutes, and ready to be eaten in just over an hour. You could easily make this at the last minute and serve it warm with vanilla ice cream getting all melty and wild with it.

B. Easy. Peel and slice some peaches, mix them with berries, add some simple ingredients, top with a simple crumble and bake. E-a-s-y.

C. Delicious. Duh. With or without ice cream or a little whipped cream, topped with some fresh fruit, or just plain and straight fromt he pan, this is the perfect summer to fall dessert.

D. Something for everyone. This can be made vegan, dairy free, and gluten free. Just substitute margarine for the butter to make it vegan, and substitute GF flour for the all-purpose for a gluten free treat. Since there’s no rising, etc., it’s really that simple.

Soooo. w=Why aren’t you making it yet? Enjoy!

Peach Berry Crumble
Makes one 7×10 or 8×8-inch crumble

Ingredients

FOR THE TOPPING
1 cup (255 grams) brown sugar, packed
2 tablespoons (25 grams) sugar
1 cup (127 grams) all-purpose flour (or GF flour)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick or 113 grams) cold unsalted butter, cut into chunks (use margarine for vegan)

FOR THE FILLING
1 pound (about 454 grams) ripe peaches (about 4), peeled, pitted, and sliced
1 cup (about 160 grams) fresh blueberries
1 cup (about 155 grams) fresh blackberries
1/4 cup (64 grams) brown sugar
1/4 cup (32 grams) all-purpose flour (or GF flour)
1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
2 teaspoons lemon zest
2 tablespoons (30 ml) lemon juice

To make the topping: In a large bowl, combine the brown sugar, sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt. Mix the cold butter into the mixture by hand, squeezing the pieces in to mix it.

Cover and freeze while you prepare the filling.

If you’re not using the streusel right away, refrigerate it until ready to use.

To make the filling: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (180 C). Lightly spray a 7×10 or 8×8-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray (optional).

In a large bowl, combine the sliced peaches, blueberries, and blackberries, tossing gently to mix them evenly.

In another bowl, combine the brown sugar, sugar, flour, and lemon zest until evenly mixed. Stir in the lemon juice until all of the ingredients are wet, and have the consistency of paste.

Add the brown sugar mixture to the fruit, stirring gently with a spatula until everything is evenly coated. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish. Distribute the topping uniformly over the top of the fruit.

Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until the topping is browned and the juices are bubbling. Allow to cool for at least 15 to 20 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Recipe by Darla

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1 laura August 21, 2012 at 11:08 am

oh man – this is almost too easy, i really have no excuse to not try this. thanks darla!

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2 Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes August 21, 2012 at 11:25 am

BodyPump… that sounds intense. I think I may rather eat some Peach Berry Crumble, K?

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3 Louise August 21, 2012 at 12:45 pm

As soon as I saw this I knew I’d be making it tonight. Got some blueberries that need using up in the fridge and blackberries out the garden. When I made the topping it seemed like I’d used too much sugar to flour, so I added a bit more. Was trying to go by grams as cups always confuse me a bit. Us poor brits. Waiting for it to come out of the oven now! :)

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4 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar August 21, 2012 at 4:24 pm

LOVE this! So tasty looking :)

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5 Lior August 23, 2012 at 1:42 pm

so tasty and yet, so easy!!
i love it!
thank you Darla :))

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6 Dustin August 24, 2012 at 8:53 am

I have to make this as soon as possible! It looks absolutely delicious :)

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7 Elizabeth - SugarHero! August 26, 2012 at 9:29 pm

This entry is evil! It reminds me that I need (NEED) more Body Pump in my life, but I only want (WANT!) Peach and Berry Crumble. So vexing. Thanks for sharing this gorgeous recipe!

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8 Sarah September 14, 2012 at 9:19 am

This was seriously one of the most DELICIOUS desserts I have ever made! I followed the recipe exactly and everyone raved! My family of 6 finished the entire dish in one sitting. It was the perfect use of summer fruits and I will definitely make this again before the crop is gone.

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9 Liz August 21, 2013 at 1:27 pm

This looks DELISH! But was wondering if using frozen peach slices would be ok (just in case I can’t get god ripe ones).

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10 Liz August 21, 2013 at 1:28 pm

meant *Good* – sorry ;-)

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