While I enjoy baking elaborate and complicated desserts, sometimes it's nice to have one that involves nothing more than a couple of bowls and measuring spoons. When I need a super simple dessert that's sure to be a crowd-pleaser, I turn to the fruit crumble. This blackberry recipe is quite possibly the easiest dessert ever. Seriously, it takes about 15 minutes to put together and 20 to bake. If you are hosting a dinner party, make the two elements beforehand and assemble and bake just before serving. The resulting treat is absolutely scrumptious: plump burst-in-your-mouth berries, a thick sweet syrup, and crunchy golden brown topping. Want the recipe I used? Keep reading.
Although one can buy the famed Bi-Rite ice cream around the corner and creme brulee in Dolores Park, I still plan on making a delicious picnic dessert for my sister and her friends. The menu is healthy and light, so this theme will continue with a fruity, melt-in-your mouth crumble.
I chose this recipe because it utilizes blackberries: I'm always making sweet treats that feature strawberries or blueberries, but rarely plump juicy blackberries. These blackberry crumb bars come together quickly and simply and can be made up to three days in advance. To serve this recipe at your next picnic, read more
When I saw this recipe for a warm strawberry crumb cake in the current issue of Food and Wine magazine, I instantly knew I had to try it! With its plump juicy berries, this cake screams Spring — making it the perfect finish to any Easter meal. In the recipe, fresh strawberries are tossed with sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla. A smooth cake batter tops the berries and a brown sugar butter crumble covers the batter. The final result is a scrumptious, yet homey dessert. Although there are several components, the entire cake can be made the day before the celebration. To add this dish to your repertoire, read more
I was looking for a dish to bring to a potluck, when I stumbled upon this Leek Cheese Crumble. I've been crazy for leeks lately — they're in season right now — and pairing them with cheese sounds heavenly. The hazelnut in this dish should add an interesting flavor profile and the whole thing looks like it will come together easily. If you want to whip up a version along with me, check out the recipe, just read more
This week I decided to brave it out, and put my excuses — small kitchen, no room in the freezer, no pastry blender, etc. — aside and bake a pie. My friend Becky had some ripe pears off of her tree, and I still had a few of the apples from geeksugar. So with fresh produce in hand, and a few recipes at my fingertips I decided to roll out some dough and make a pie.
Things were not so great. I'll admit it now, I'm not great with pastry crust. Pie eludes me and while I successfully managed to create a bottom crust, the upper crust was difficult and not easy to work with — I should have put it back in the freezer first. After ruining what was left of the dough, I went into panic mode until I remembered I didn't need a top crust and could make a crumble instead. So I whipped up a few ingredients and sprinkled the crumble on top.
Overall it ended up being a delightful pie — the pears and apples really play nicely together — and when paired with a scoop of ice cream, it was absolutely heavenly. Oh and I know it doesn't quite look like a slice of pie, but like I said, pie eludes me...
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