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Verses from my Kitchen: Strawberry & Plum Crumble

March 23, 2011

Strawberry & Plum Crumble

Winter is knocking. The first day of spring has officially come and gone and yet the threat of one last winter storm lingers. After celebrating the dawn of a new season with warm air pushing past our faces and the birds regaining their rightful place on the branches of the nearby trees, we're now left bracing for another snowstorm that threatens to keep us locked inside our homes. Again.

We've been playing with the thermostat in our house the last few days, shifting it back and forth from on to off to on like a teeter-totter. And the recipes that drift from the kitchen have turned to lighter fare and away from the foods that have warmed us and kept us company for the last few months. Spring has arrived but for one more day at least I'll be turning to an old friend.

Comfort food helps us bridge the gap between the end of summer and the beginning of spring and by the time spring plants its feet for good we'll have new memories etched into the tomorrow of our lives. This dessert is one of those memories that I can draw upon one day when I'm older and unable to cook and stuck inside on a cold winter's night. One day. Someday.

I have a soft spot for crumbles. They're easy to prepare and the fruits inside burst with flavour and aroma. They are unmatched in their ability to pull a smile on my face and warm my bones on cold wintery nights. They're also impossible to put down once you take that first spoonful.

This strawberry & plum crumble answers every question I need answered when the storm is brewing outside. It bubbles with the juices from the strawberries and the softness of the plums dance in my mouth. The topping is savoury and slightly crunchy and balances out the sweetness from the fruit trapped inside.

I enjoy nothing more than coming home after work and escaping to our favourite spot in the house and enjoying this dessert with my wife. Pour a hot drink and make an impression in the cushion and breathe. We soak up the moment and smile knowing we're warm and safe inside while the fury roars outside. And we indulge. Together. 

When the weather outside threatens to play havoc all around you and the freezing rain knocks on your window, the best place to be is inside a warm house with a dessert like this and the one you love. No matter what mother nature brings, you'll be armed and ready.

From my kitchen to yours, happy eating!

Strawberry & Plum Crumble

The Goods:
  • 1 tbsp. icing sugar
  • 1 tsp. flour
  • sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 2 plums, pitted and sliced
  • 2 cups strawberries, halved
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and place rack in middle.
  2. Using a medium mixing bowl, add in icing sugar, flour and cinnamon. Add plums and strawberries and mix well. Add mixture to ramekins.
  3. Combine baking powder, sugar, flour, salt and oats in a small bowl and mix to combine. Add in beaten egg and mix with hands until thoroughly combined. You should be left with bits of mixture that resemble coarse breadcrumbs.
  4. Sprinkle the mixture over top of the ramekins and drizzle the melted butter over the crumb mixture. Bake for 40 minutes or until the topping is golden brown and the juice from the berries has bubbled up the sides.
  5. Serves 3-4.

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At March 23, 2011 at 3:33 PM , Anonymous Cakewalker said...

Great timing on this recipe as strawberry season gets underway on the west coast! The photos beckon the reader to dive right in. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

At March 23, 2011 at 4:42 PM , Anonymous RavieNomNoms said...

OMGOSH wow! That looks amazing!

At March 23, 2011 at 5:32 PM , Blogger Wendy Lewicki said...

Great timing as well considering we were snowed in today and you were armed and ready! Love you! xo

At March 23, 2011 at 6:04 PM , Blogger Carolyn said...

We're supposed to get some more snow too. Wish I could have some of your lovely crumble to warm me up!

At March 23, 2011 at 7:04 PM , Blogger Cookin' Canuck said...

There is nothing like a warm crumble to ward off the chill of a springtime snowfall. Keep warm!

At March 23, 2011 at 8:13 PM , Blogger Lizzy said...

Oh, this looks marvelous...nothing better than a juicy fruit dessert with a crumb topping...mmmmm.

At March 23, 2011 at 8:26 PM , Anonymous Lynn @ I'll Have What She's Having said...

I think mother nature is a tease; she gives us glimpses of spring then dumps a ton of snow on us.
Your crumble sounds like a great way to stay warm. I love the presentation.

At March 23, 2011 at 9:14 PM , Anonymous Kate @ Diethood.com said...

I love those bowls!

The crumble...well, that I love love love! A lot! It's what dreams are made of ... beautiful recipe, as always!

At March 23, 2011 at 9:52 PM , Blogger A Thought For Food said...

From my posts, you know how unhappy I am that this weather has been fluctuating like this... but comforting dishes like this are getting us through it.

At March 24, 2011 at 10:25 AM , Blogger Jill Colonna said...

I need some of this comforting crrrumble now with a horrid cold arrived for Spring. Love the mix of strawbs with the plums and of course, the oats also make it acceptable for a Scot ;-) Thanks for the inspiration!

At March 24, 2011 at 5:04 PM , Blogger Michael Lewicki said...

Thanks everyone! Sounds like everyone is in the same boat with regards to the crazy weather.


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