29 Jun 2014

oaty crumble


This was exactly the crumble topping I had been craving: crisp, loose and light in texture. Crumbly! Warm with brown sugar and cinnamon that filled the kitchen with a heady sweetness, but essentially not much more than toasty, crunchy rolled oats. Oats with little nuggets of macadamia and sweet ribbons of shredded coconut. And no flour; barely a skerrick of almond meal.

This crumble is probably a close cousin to toasted muesli or granola — and I’m half tempted to bake it on a cookie tray next time, without the fruit underneath. Because I find myself having a warmed bowl of dessert, with a dollop of thick cream, then going back to the fridge and stealing another spoonful of the oaty mix, cold. Perfect.


Oaty crumble
Adapted from an Anneka Manning recipe for the GI news website. Use your favourite seasonal fruit for this dessert — I’m leaving that up to you; this recipe is about the crumble!
  • Preheat your oven to 180 and prepare enough fruit to almost fill a lightly buttered 6-cup capacity baking dish.
  • Combine ½ cup rolled oats, ½ cup shredded coconut, 1/3 cup of chopped macadamia nuts, ¼ cup light brown sugar, 2 tbsp almond meal, 1 tspn cinnamon and ½ tspn mixed spice.
  • In a separate bowl or jug, combine ¼ cup sunflower or very light olive oil with a generous ½ tspn of vanilla.
  • Dribble the oil mix evenly over the dry ingredients and combine using a fork.
  • Layer this over your fruit. Bake for 35–40 minutes until fruit is cooked and crumble topping nicely crisped. Serve with your favourite dairy product.

12 comments:

  1. Have I told you before how much I love crumble e? Well I do..and your looks particularly delicious. Have a great week x

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    1. i'm sure we have discussed rhubarb crumble jane! i'm wondering now if this is THE crumble - if i have found The One :-)
      you too, jane - keep warm!

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  2. oh yum this looks delicious. We've been stewing a lot of fruit lately and having the occasional crumble, I will have to try yours next x

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    1. it is very much crumble season - when there's snow on the mountain and the forecast is for only 9 degrees, crumble is just what we need!
      let me know what you think, carla, if you do make it.

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  3. Yum, love this one Elizabeth... I can just imagine how delicious it smells too!

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    1. it smelt incredible, lizzy - a wonderful cinnamon fug! what more could a girl want on a cold winter's evening?!

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  4. I love the inclusion of macadamia. I can just imagine the deliciousness of it all!

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    1. do you know leaf, i never cook with macadamia. never. i think this may have been the first time. and it WAS delicious!

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  5. Lovely! I make my own granola and wish i could bottle up the smell that emanates from the oven while it toasts - totally, utterly, delicious.

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    1. i was't expecting such a fabulous hit of cinnamon in the air. it was so heady.
      have you posted your granola recipe, or can you point me to yours? i really should make my own. or just stick to this crumble topping :-)

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  6. I've been doing something similar to this as winter has approached.. except I am trying to skip the sugar and use coconut (so NOT the same, but trying to whole quit sugar thing again.... brown sugar is healthy, right..??) x



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  7. hey natalie, i haven't heard or seen you for such a long time!
    anythgin you make yourself is definitely healthy in my book, and all the fruit and oats in a crumble is (surely) inherently healthy.
    the original recipe if you follow thru to the GI website used coconut sugar (from memory). so that may help with your sugar free plans? perhaps - maybe - probably not?! :-)

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