Being nine months pregnant during one of the hottest summers we have ever had on record was just outright miserable. Mass quantities of ice cream were consumed during June, July and August in an attempt to bring down my core body temperature. With it came the thighs to match. Weight Watchers and the gym are now my new best friends.
I know what you are thinking. Eating fruit crumble is not going to help me get back into my skinny jeans. You just let me worry about my waistline, eh? This dessert combines two of my favorite fruits and I knew I had to make this while I could still get fresh peaches and strawberries at a reasonable price.
Not only does it just look pretty, it’s tasty and juicy and makes your kitchen smell really nice. If fresh peaches and strawberries aren’t available anymore where you live (or the price has gone sky high as the price of strawberries tends to do when they go out of season), you can substitute frozen fruit.
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about ½ large lemon)
- 1½ tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 pound medium strawberries, halved
- 1½ pounds yellow or white peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced*
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- ⅔ cup all-purpose flour
- ⅔ cup old fashioned style oats
- ½ cup sliced almonds
- ¼ cup light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, chilled, cut into ½-inch cubes
- Put an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 8 by 8-inch glass baking dish. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the lemon juice and cornstarch until smooth. Add the strawberries, peaches and brown sugar. Gently toss until the fruit is coated. Pour the fruit mixture into the prepared pan.
- In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour, oats, almonds, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Pulse until mixed. Add the butter. Pulse until the butter is the size of peas. Sprinkle the mixture over the filling and bake for 40 to 45 minutes until the filling is bubbling and the top is slightly golden. Cool the crumble for 5 minutes.
- Spoon the warm crumble into bowls and serve with a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream.