Need a quick dessert? Easiest fruit crumble

Strawberry fruit crumble by sugarhammock



I have talked before about how easy this dessert is so here is the recipe for my vegan fruit crumble. Notes at the bottom. Enjoy!

 Ingredients (for 4 persons, depending on how hungry you are):

For berry filling: 2 cups frozen berries (mixed/ summer fruit/ cherries) 
1/3 cup sugar (can adjust to taste)
Squeeze of lemon juice
1 Tsp vanilla extract (optional)

For apple filling: 1-2 cups of chopped apples (about 3 regular granny smiths or one large cooking apple)
1/3 cup apple sauce / apple purée
1/4 cup maple syrup
Cinnamon/ nutmeg/ mixed spice (according to taste)

Crumble: 1 cup plain flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup vegan butter, cold
1/2 cup plain oats (if you want to make a crisp)
Pinch of salt

Method:
Preheat the oven to 175 degrees (350 farenheit)

For the berry filling, combine the fruit and sugar over medium high heat until all the sugar has completely dissolved and forms a light compote consistency (can coat the back of a spoon). Add the lemon and vanilla and continue on a low heat.

For the apple filling, chop the apples into cubes (about the size of your thumb), making sure to avoid the core. In a mixing bowl, add the apples, maple syrup, apple sauce and spices and stir until the apples are fully coated.

For the crumble, combine the flour, oats and sugar in a bowl. Add the cold butter in small cubes, rubbing with your hand until all the butter cubes are incorporated into a rough crumble texture.

In a 6 1/2 inch ceramic cake pan, add the fruit mixture evenly, then cover with the crumble. Place on medium rack for 20-25 minutes, and 25-30 minutes for the apple crumble, or until the crumble has turned golden brown. Leave to cool.


Vegan Apple crumble recipe from Sugar Hammock


Notes: Some recipes call for the butter to be at room temperature. In my experience this creates a more homogenous mixture, whic we don't want. It is a crumble so we want those lumps created by the cold fat source.

I don't believe you have to use cooking apples only for this. They do cook quicker but they also have a tendancy to brown extremely quickly. Regular green apples can work just fine. 



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