Cooking for Idiots: Masterclass 1; Crumble

24th July 2009 6 Comments

Disclaimer: I’m a rubbish cook, but there are a few staples which I have found are very easy to make and can be used to impress the foolhardy.

Description; A nice hearty British dessert which kids seem to eat. Probably as it requires little or no effort on the part of chewing and delivers a lot of sugar in one go. Basically, a load of stewed fruit, with a topping of butter, flour and sugar.

Stewing Fruit
Chop the fruit up (peeling first if appropriate), put into a bowl add some water (usually about a cupful) put into microwave for a few minutes checking to see progress. Voila.
I used the above blackcurrants harvested when I noticed the weight on blackcurrants on our bush causing it to be virtually a creeping blackcurrant bush. Oh, and I wanted to occupy the Toddler for a while. DON’T ever chose blackcurrants, there is a reason why 98% of British Blackcurrants are made into Ribena; They take absolutely blimming HOURS to top and tail , making every teeny tiny mouthful something you are obliged to eat. Obviously, because of this, children love them.

The Crumble Topping
Put some butter into a bowl. Then add some flour or/ and a handful of oats. Mix together with your hands in a sort of mushing together motion. Children love doing this, make sure they have clean fingernails though or you’ll have crumble tinged with luminous pink play dough. This might look funky, but it tastes a bit funny. Dump a load of sugar in the mixture and mix it around a bit. I use brown sugar, as this makes me feel virtuous. If you are anti- sugar, just sprinkle some on top of the mixture once you have put it in the dish on top of your stewed fruit.

Put it in oven. Stop cooking when you start to smell burning, if the smoke alarm goes off you might be a bit late. But the provision of a steak knife should enable you to scrape off most of the burnt bits.

Serve with lashings of custard, cream or ice cream. If you put enough on it, people wont be able to taste any cooking disasters.

Happy cooking!
Claire Walsh

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  • SandyCalico 24th July 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Thanks, I'm your target audience for this recipe 🙂

  • Aussie Mum 25th July 2009 at 12:10 am

    I too am a crumble fan because of it's ease to make and the fact you can serve it with lots of custard or cream to cover any mistakes! Anything I make has to be foolproof when I have two "little helpers" to keep an eye on as well.

  • Who's the Mummy? 26th July 2009 at 9:38 pm

    If you're feeling REALLY lazy, I suggest leaving off the topping entirely and calling it "fruit compote". Serve with ice cream. Voila!

  • Brit in Bosnia / Fraught Mummy 27th July 2009 at 7:53 am

    Yum. And I can see the black berries on the bushes as I type. Might be in Bosnia but a good blackberry and apple crumble I can still make. Lacking in the custard (why do other countries not realise the genius that is custard?) but it&#39;ll be good. plastic containers at the ready, we are off blackberrying this afternoon.<br /><br />(ps, I have noticed that all the fruit here comes into season a

  • Muddling Along Mummy 27th July 2009 at 12:02 pm

    And if you go fractionally too far with mixing the crumble it becomes a cobbler – disaster proof cooking !

  • Weston-super-Mum? 27th July 2009 at 3:20 pm

    I feel really rubbish because I do know that crumble is easy enough to make but I just bought some crumble mix from Tesco (mostly because it was only 35p and I figured I&#39;d need to use so much butter anyway).<br />Right, that&#39;s the first and last time I buy crumble mix, I promise! Love this blog, thanks x

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