Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Berry Crumble & Custard

I was feeling inspired the other evening and decided to bake with whatever I could find in the pantry. We had left over berry compote that needed using up and it became my excuse as a dessert for two.
It was so simple and tasted amazing! I added a few extra strawberries to the compote, a dash of vanilla, sugar and corn flour for the berry mix. The topping was ever so simple - rolled oats, flour, brown sugar and butter. The custard isn't a must but a definite recommendation, it brought the whole dessert together to make a delicious and delectable dish that tasted like a lot more effort than it took! 

If you have left over berries or fruit that has gone past its prime, a crumble is a quick way to use it up with great results. My recipe made enough for two ramekins, you can double or triple the ingredients if needed. Sugar should be adjusted according to taste, you can add the sugar at the end if you prefer. Make custard according to packet instructions. Here is a guess-tamite of what I used. 

Ingredients -

Half cup left over berry compote – frozen berries, lemon juice and sugar – slightly crushed
10 frozen strawberries
2 tbsp sugar (adjust accordingly to tartness of berries)
2 tsp corn flour dissolved with 1 tbsp boiling water
1 tsp vanilla essence

Crumble -
¼ cup rolled oats
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
1/3 cup butter
¼ cup plain flour

- Heat berries, sugar, vanilla and corn flour in a saucepan until cooked through.
- Mix together crumble ingredients **cannot remember exact measurements. If it looks too dry, add more butter and if too wet add flour. You can taste test for sugar also. **
- Using two ramekins, divide berry filling equally, top with crumble and bake at 180C for 10 minutes.
- Serve with hot custard.

Happy Baking!
Melanie xo