Hi there! I am Pei Gee and this post would be my debut on My Trending Stories. It is a pure joy to be able to write on MTS platform and I genuinely hope you enjoy this piece. So, sit back and read on! 

Here is a question for you, What is a way to one's heart? I would say through their stomachs or tingling their tastebuds, and with that, you definitely need something sweet. Therefore today, en route to your heart, I would be sharing a recipe on a classic dessert, crumbles! 

Crumbles are simple and very versatile, you could practically add any fruit into a crumble; apart from durian, because that could be a little tricky. Crumble is a dish served best with ice-cream, yogurt or crème fraîche or anything decadent, thus today I am going to share 2 variations of my crumble recipe. 

Something in common for both variations is the crumble topping. I made oat crumble topping for them both. The reason oats were used were because they give the crumble a chewy texture and more nutty flavour. 

Crumble Topping 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup chopped nuts, optional
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick cold unsalted butter, cubed

​Directions 

  1. Combine all ingredients, except the cold cubed butter, into a large mixing bowl. Mix well. 
  2. Once the ingredients are well combined, add the cold butter and rub them with your fingertips. 
  3. Rub the butter and dry mixture till they resemble big and coarse bread crumbs. 
  4. Leave them aside till you are ready to assemble. 

Firstly we have a Berry Crumble, it consist of of blueberries and strawberries. I made the blends of berries into a rather thin jam-like consistency, as this would provide the crumble with more flavours and colours! You could skip this step if you are in a rush to cook up a dessert. 

Berry Thin Jam 

Ingredients

  • A cup of berries (Blueberries/Strawberries/Raspberries) 
  •  Couple tablespoon of cornstarch
  •  About 1/4 - 1/2 cup of water 
  • Couple tablespoons of icing sugar 

Directions 

  1. In a saucepan, over medium-low heat, place all ingredients into the saucepan. 
  2. Stir constantly as the bottom of the pan might caramelised way quicker than the top and burn the jam. 
  3. Once the mixture has thicken up a little, pour the jam into a bowl and let it cool. 

Once the jam is done, you could assemble the crumble. 

To assemble... 

  1. In a casserole dish, place the berry jam on the bottom of the dish. 
  2. Add more fresh/frozen blueberries onto the jam to give the crumble more texture and burst of surprises.      
  3.  After a bed of blueberries have been laid onto the jam, sprinkle the crumble topping onto the fruits. 
  4. Bake the crumble in a preheated oven at 176 degree Celsius for 30 to 45 minutes or till the toppings have turned golden brown.  
  5. Viola! Serve the crumble hot or cold, with or without ice-cream! 

​For the second variation, we have a pear and apple crumble! This variation requires cutting the apples and pears into wedges, then tossing them in a spice mixture. 

Apple and Pear Filling 

Ingredient 

  • 3 apples and pear, cut into wedges 
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, (use granulated sugar if you only have that in your pantry)
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon (I love cinnamon therefore I used more)
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt

​Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, add all ingredients and toss them till they are well combined. 
  2. Set them aside till you are ready to make an apple and pear crumble! 

The crumble topping for the apple and pear crumble are the same as the berry crumble. Scroll up to see the crumble topping recipe!  

To me what makes a good crumble is the spices and texture of the topping and filling. The berry crumble gives a fruity flavour and the crumble topping would have soaked the juices of the blueberries. Thus the colour and flavour of the berry crumble are more summer-like and fun. While the apple and pear crumble are filled with cinnamon and nutmeg which would give you a festive feel. The apples and pear might give you a crunchy texture and this may vary from your baking time. Overall, crumbles are an excellent dish served hot or cold, as breakfast or dessert. 

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Published by Pei Gee Tan