I love strawberries, to me they’re the kings of fruits. Well maybe together with blueberries and raspberries (I guess I’m a berry type of a girl). Sweet and juicy, they fit to almost any dessert recipe. I can never get enough of them especially now when they’re in season and are the most flavorful. I can’t believe that I haven’t made any dish with them yet but my palate preferences are more savory rather than sweet so desserts are not my first priority. I don’t eat much sweets and don’t really go crazy for them. Even in the restaurants I barely ever order desserts. I have my sugar cravings every now and then but they’re usually temporary and last no more than 2-3 days. After that I completely forget about sweets for the next few weeks. However fruity desserts like pies or crumbles are an exception. I adore them much more than any chocolate cakes or cookies. Even my favorite ice cream flavors are fruity. I remember my favorite dessert as a kid was apple or cherry pie and even now if I had to choose between a pie and a most sophisticated cake, I would go for the pie.
Crumble is an excellent dessert for the beginning bakers because it is ridiculously easy to prepare and there is no way to spoil it. All you have to do is to mix few ingredients and transfer into a baking dish. Whole preparation process shouldn’t take you more than 5-8 min and the best thing is that when you take it out of the oven you have a big pan of fabulously bubbly, juicy fruits with a golden crunch on a top. The best way to serve it is to add a scoop or two of ice cram and cover with a big spoonful of this delicious crumble.
2 pints chopped strawberries
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup melted butter (1/3 of a stick)
In a bowl mix together chopped strawberries with 1/2 cup white sugar and 1 Tbsp cornstarch. Stir until sugar is dissolved and strawberries look glossy.
Transfer to a baking dish.
In another bowl combine 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/3 cup melted butter.
Stir until the mixture is crumbly and fluffy.
Sprinkle all over the strawberries and bake 30-35 min or until strawberries become bubbly in the oven preheated to 375°F. Serve with a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream.
Nutrition Facts in 1 portion (whole crumble yields roughly 8 portions):
Kilocalories 274.67 kcal, Protein 3.31 g, Carbohydrate 48.14 g
Total 8.69 g, Saturated Fat 4.96 g, Monounsaturated Fat 2.24 g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0.74 g, Cholesterol 20.15 mg, Essential Fatty Acids
Dietary Fiber 3.52 g, Sugar 31.66 g
Vitamins and minerals:
Vitamin C 66.68 mg, Vitamin A (IU) 247.81 IU, Calcium 38.39 mg, Iron 1.4 mg, Sodium 6.58 mg