Fruit Crumble

I think I’m a pretty awesome wife – and humble I know!! Tonight I decided to surprise Scott with a midweek after dinner treat.  He is also looking after both the boys during the peak of witching hour whilst I go to the gym, so he deserves a big reward!  He has been on a bit of a health kick recently (to the point where he knocked back the pizza lunch at work for Melbourne Cup yesterday), so I knew he would want to keep things pretty healthy.  I decided to make a fruit dessert, there were a couple of apples & pears in the fruit bowl, and Liam had some leftover strawberries and peaches from his afternoon tea.  I like a crunchy top, so I added some chopped almonds to the oats.  For easy serving, I divided the mixture into four ramekins, if you prefer you could put it all into one dish.

Liam and I have shared one already, we added vanilla yoghurt to ours and we both really enjoyed it.  Scott isn’t home yet, so I haven’t gotten feedback from my toughest critic yet… if this doest cement my place as wife of the year, I don’t know what will!!

Fruity Goodness x

Fruity Goodness x

This is what I used – but you could just use any fruits you have

2 apples

2 pears

6 strawberries

1/2 tub diced peaches

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup rolled oats

2 dessertspoons malted rice syrup

2 tbsp shredded coconut

50g almonds chopped

* Preheat oven to 190 degrees

* Chop apple and pear into small pieces,add 2 tbsp water and cinnamon and cook in microwave on high for 2 minutes

* In a separate bowl, combine rolled oats, coconut, almonds & malted rice syrup and mix together.

* Drain excess water from apples & pears, add peaches and strawberries and mix together

* Divide fruit mixture amongst 4 ramekins (or one dish if preferred) and top with oat mixture

* Place in oven for approx 10 minutes, or until top begins to turn golden

* Allow to cool slightly and serve!!

Throwback Thursday – Apricot Biscuits

Growing up we had a huge apricot tree in our backyard.  Every summer it would be laden with fruit, which as kids we took for granted and would turn our nose up the fresh fruit -instead we found it more fun to try and hit the unripened fruit over the road with our tennis rackets… that’s another story though! When we were really young it provided shade for our cubby house, this was then replaced by a treehouse when we became older, and we used to spend hours amongst the leaves having all sorts of adventures.  A few years ago Mum told me the sad news that they were going to have to pull down the tree, whilst she had tried her best to save it through many years of drought, it had taken it’s toll.  A new one was planted in it’s place and has since started to provide us with fruit (in much smaller quantities).

Mum would spend hours in the hot kitchen making huge batches of apricot jam that we would then devour throughout the year.  I know that I am biased, but Mum’s jam is the BEST, I won’t ever buy apricot jam from the supermarket as it’s just not the same.  She even blends it for me as I don’t like it to be too lumpy!  Any time a family member is making the trip up to Brisbane, she will always check if I need any jam or sauce (her homemade sauce is awesome too).

So when I saw a recipe in my McAlpins book for Apricot biscuits, it was a no brainer that I was going to give them a go. I was quite generous with the jam, going with three tablespoons instead of the 2 teaspoons indicated.  This made my biscuits very sweet, but no too overpowering.  You could certainly taste the apricot in them – which can never be a bad thing.  They were quite flat, maybe this was because of my changes to the recipe, but they still tasted nice.  For half of the batch, I added 1/4 cup of coconut which I thought really went well with the apricot flavour.  Overall they did taste good, I probably wouldn’t make them again, but I did enjoy the trip down memory lane.

Sweet sugary goodness

Sweet sugary goodness

4 oz caster sugar

3 oz butter

1 egg

2 teaspoons apricot jam

4 oz self raising flour – sifted

* Cream butter and sugar together, add egg and then jam and mix well

* Add flour and beat well

* Drop onto a greased tray using a teaspoon, allowing room to spread

* Bake in a moderate oven for 7 minutes, or until golden.

* Allow to cool on tray for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.