It’s that time of year when it’s perfectly acceptable for all of Sydney to have dessert for breakfast. Apples, pears and plums are all in season locally and they are all fruits that are perfect for transforming into crumble!
Breakfast for dessert
Crumbles are so easy to make. Just chop up the fruit and put it in an oven proof dish. Rub together a mix of wholemeal flour or almond meal (1/2 cup), butter (1oog), brown sugar (1/2 cup) and oats (1 cup) and sprinkle over the top. You can experiment with using coconut and/or other nuts in the mix too. In fact, you really can’t go all that wrong even with the most extreme experimentations. You can use less sugar if you wish too.
Bake this in a moderate oven until the fruit is soft and the topping is golden. Serve with ice cream for dessert and the next day it’s totally acceptable to have the leftovers for breakfast!
Or dessert for breakfast
However, if you want a version that has less sugar, try keeping this Chai-spiced Pear Compote in the fridge to serve with toasted muesli (I made my own with this recipe) and yoghurt. It’s a kind of de-constructed pear crumble. I make this with the same chai-spice mix that I add to my teapot when making chai to drink. The pepper and cardamom beautifully compliment the cinnamon and pear. If you don’t have access to that kind of a mix you can experiment with using black pepper, ginger, green cardamom and cinnamon.
One pot wonder!
Everten Love to cook recently sent me a set of three Scan Pan Impact Saucepans for free to feature on the blog. Scan pan is my favourite brand of cookware because it is sturdy and reliable. My previous saucepans were part of a set that I was given when I moved out of home. They were 17 years old and had well and truly done their time! Now they are happily being played with in the sandpit of a local preschool. Apart from the fact that they are such superior quality, what I really love about the Scan Pan ones are the internal measurement marks that help you see how much is in each pot. They also have glass lids for when you want to check how the cooking is going without letting out steam.