Fruit crumble

This simple crumble is my favourite way to use up the apples that are falling from trees all over Cambridge at this time of year. But the sweet and buttery crumble topping works perfectly with almost any fruit.


Fruit crumble

Adapted from Delia Smith’s ‘Basic crumble topping’
Convenience: 15 mins to prepare ~ 35 mins to bake
Serves: about 6

Ingredients

  • 900 g (2 lbs) fruit e.g. apples, pears, peaches, nectarines, or plums*
  • 100 g (3 1/2 oz) optional other fruit e.g. blackberries, raspberries, or mango*
  • 140 g (5 oz) plain flour
  • 140 g (5 oz) jumbo oats
  • 110 g (4 oz) non-dairy margarine
  • 140 g (5 oz) brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)

* Choose your favourite fruit combination, but traditionally apple and blackberry or peach and raspberry go together brilliantly. Simple apple and cinnamon is one of my favourites.

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C or 350 F.
  2. Chop up the fruit into 1 inch chunks, removing cores or stones. There’s no need to peel the fruit.
  3. Place the chopped fruit into a oven-safe dish (roughly 10 x 8 inches).
  4. Optionally, sprinkle berries or chopped mango over the other fruit.
  5. If the fruit you’re using is particularly sour, you may want to sprinkle a little extra brown sugar over the fruit at this stage.
  6. Put the flour, oats, margarine, brown sugar, and cinnamon (if using) into a medium bowl. Combine with a spoon until the ingredients are well dispersed and the mixture looks crumbly. It may help to use your fingertips to rub the ingredients together.
  7. Sprinkle the crumble mixture evenly over the fruit.
  8. Place the crumble in the oven for about 35 minutes, until the top is golden brown.
  9. Serve warm with non-dairy custard or ice cream.

How many EA Tasty Spoons does it get?

  1. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32 No animal products. Completely vegan.
  2. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32As far as I know, not harmful to the environment, so long as you can find palm oil-free, non-dairy margarine.
  3. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32Depending on the fruit you choose, fairly cheap. If you live somewhere with lots of apple trees and berry bushes, it’s not hard to find free fruit in early Autumn/Fall.
  4. Healthier than most desserts because it contains lots of fruit, but still not especially healthy because of the sugar.
  5. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32Such a delicious and comforting dessert.

Total EA Tasty Spoons: 4


 

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Green pea dip

This dip is so wonderfully fresh and flavourful. It makes an exciting alternative to hummus or guacamole, and is perfect served with pita strips or tortilla chips. It’s also great for lunch spread on top of crusty bread.

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Green pea dip

Convenience: 10 mins to prepare ~ easy to scale up ~ can be frozen
Makes: about 2 cups

Ingredients

  • 450 g frozen peas, defrosted
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 small bunch fresh mint or basil leaves
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 red chilli, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Blend together the defrosted peas, onion, garlic, and mint or basil leaves, using either a hand blender or a food processor, until there are only a few whole peas left.
  2. Stir in the olive oil, nutritional yeast, chilli, cumin, coriander, lime juice, salt, and pepper.
  3. Spoon into a serving bowl, and serve with pita strips or tortilla chips for dipping.

*Other than the peas, pretty much all of the ingredients are optional, so feel free to leave anything out according to your taste or for convenience. For example, I don’t like raw onion, so I tend to leave it out when I’m making this for myself.


How many EA Tasty Spoons does it get?

  1. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32 No animal products. Completely vegan.
  2. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32As far as I know, none of the ingredients are particularly harmful to the environment.
  3. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32The main bulk of this dip is frozen peas, which are fairly cheap.
  4. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32Healthy. Peas are very nutritious. They contain protein and fibre, as well as various vitamins and minerals. They may even be effective at reducing the risk of cardiovascular and metabolic disease.
  5. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32Delicious! Guests love this dip and always ask for the recipe.

Total EA Tasty Spoons: 5