Baking or dessert is not my forte. Growing up, mum served sliced fruit as a palate cleanser after our meals, and desserts never featured on the menu. So, as with most things noted on this blog, I’m a late bloomer where sweet treats are concerned.
I wanted to make a good effort for my friend Anna, who was invited to my dinner party over the weekend. Anna is an accomplished cook, and I have attended a few of her macrobiotic cooking workshops featuring delicious vegan recipes. So I googled online and found a vegan berry crumble recipe at Joy the Baker. I used plums instead of peaches, and added in blueberries and strawberries as well. Instead of maple syrup, I used malted rice syrup.
Here is the recipe, modified slightly, for ease of reference. Credit to Joy the Baker.
A) The fruit
- 8 ripe plums, cored and cut into chunks
- 150g blueberries
- 150g strawberries
- 2 tbsp plain flour
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- a pinch of grated nutmeg
- 1/4 cup malted rice syrup
- zest of a lemon
B) The crumble
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1/3 cup plain flour
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
- a pinch of salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 tbsp malted rice syrup
- 1 tbsp water
- Pre-heat the oven to 190 degrees
- Mix the fruits and lemon zest in a bowl with the flour and spices
- Pour the contents of the bowl into a round baking dish
- For the crumble, mix the oats, flour, spices and salt
- Mix the wet ingredients together in a bowl (oil, rice syrup, vanilla, water)
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Ensure all the oats is mixed in with the wet ingredients (otherwise, mix 1/2 tbsp of oil with 1 tbsp syrup and add to the mixture as required)
- Press the crumble onto the fruit, ensure even coverage as you wouldn’t want anyone to miss out on crumble!
- Bake in the oven for 35 minutes
- I served the crumble on its own to Anna, but some of the other guests had it with some cream/ice cream
I really enjoyed this dish. The fruits were soft, but not mushy, sweet with a slight hint of tartness from the berries. The oats topping provided a nice crunchy texture. More importantly, Anna even had seconds which was a great compliment. Definitely a keeper.