Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Strawberry & Cherry Crumble Recipe

Dessert idea for this festive season

Oozy, bubbling and piping hot... Perfect with a nice scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Oh man, it honestly just hit me yesterday that we only have TWO WEEKS to go until Christmas (!!!). The 2 following reactions ensues:

1) Wondering where the hell the year went and how time could pass so damn quick
2) Thinking about the amount of work I need to get through before our office shuts down for Christmas

Both of the above was starting to make me freak the geek out.

No, really. I always take for granted how quickly time could pass me by. There's so many things that I want to do that I didn't get a chance to. People I've said I wanted to catch up with but didn't get to see as much. It's almost depressing, really. 

Have I accomplished the goals that I set out to at the start of the year? Have I had a fulfilling year both in my professional and personal life? Have I managed to either cultivate or nurture meaningful relationships with people in my life?

Why do I feel like time's just flown past and I haven't done as much as I'd hope. Or maybe I did, I just didn't realise it. I honestly feel like I've been running a mad race almost every day of this year. Maybe it's time I took time to just stop. And reflect. 

After all, it's not the quantity of time spent, but the quality... Right?

Anyway, I apologise for the melancholy of this post. It's just that this recipe reminded me of Christmas. And Christmas last year reminds me of Christmas this year being around the corner. And Christmas coming soon reminds of the year coming to an end and wondering where the year has gone.

Ok enough.

Back to this recipe, my cousins and I normally have an early Christmas dinner at their place in Templestowe every year and it's honestly a time that we really, really look forward to. It's honestly so much fun. All the food, fun decorations, gifts exchange and best of all... The laughter and company. I just love it so much. As you can see from the photo below, the food setup is INSANEEE everyone has so much fun with it!!

Anyway, it's normally a potluck so I actually whipped up this Strawberry & Cherry Crumble for the occasion last year (which explains the lame food styling, or lack there of). I enjoy warm desserts especially when they're served with ice cream. Strawberries and cherries are in season this time of year so it was great too. I didn't get a chance to share the recipe last year but here it is now.

It's honestly a very simple recipe that everyone can make. Also, perfect thing to whip up for your friends and family this festive season too!

We're having our Christmas dinner again this Saturday and can I just say how bloody excited I am for it WOOHOO!

Happy Early Christmas, everybody!

The seriously AMAZING spread at our family's Christmas dinner last year!!!

Strawberry & Cherry Crumble Recipe

(an original recipe)


For the filling:
1.2kg strawberries (fresh or frozen)
3 tbsp sugar
200g cherries
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

For the crumble:
500g plain flour
300g butter (chilled and cubed)
2 cups walnuts/almonds (crushed finely)
pinch of salt
1/2 cup sugar


1. Preheat the oven to 190°C. Add all the ingredients for the filling into a pan and allow to simmer for approx. 30 minutes on low heat (stirring occasionally) or until the ingredients are softened.

2. Taste the filling and adjust the sweetness to your liking by adding more sugar if you wish. I prefer to leave the filling slightly tart/sour. Transfer the filling into a baking dish.

3. Place the flour and butter in a large bowl and press together with a fork until thoroughly mixed together and resembles fine breadcrumbs. Alternatively, you could place blitz the flour and butter in a food processor. 

4. Add the remaining ingredients for the crumble into the bowl and mix together until well combined. Pour the crumble mixture over the filling in the baking dish and place it in the oven to bake for 35 minutes or until the crumble turns golden brown.

5. Remove the baking dish from the oven and allow to cool. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

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