This past weekend, the Hubby and I entertained ourselves and went on another culinary excursion. Apple picking was on the agenda and I could not have been more excited! A peaceful drive up the California mountains on a beautiful and clear day at the start of Autumn to pick natures best, seemed like the perfect way to start the anticipated season.
However, Mother Nature had other plans up her sleeve and didn’t care to share many of the apples on her trees. But of course, that didn’t stop us and instead we made a slight detour and went raspberry picking instead!
This was such a beautiful and organic experience. Picking your own labor of love and then being able to enjoy the fruits of your work by showcasing such a pure and natural ingredient is what this whole experience was about.
So next on the list was to find the perfect recipe to feature these glorious red pearls. After scouring the internet with not much coming back at me, I decided to take matters into my own hands and create a twist on one of my favorite recipes.
Raspberry and apple crumble was born.
I really wanted to showcase these little jewels and decided on a warm crumble to really bring out its natural flavors. The fresh raspberries condensed and sweetened, while still offering that lip-smack pucker. Raspberry syrup formed at the bottom of the baking dish, perfect for that extra drizzle. The added apples provided depth and abundance. My favorite part of my favorite desert is the topping. Crumbly, crunchy, oaty topping. I like to feel the chew of the oat topping against the soft raspberry flesh and the warmth of the brown sugar with the tartness of the berries. This is my perfect desert.
Fresh Raspberry and Apple Crumble
- 1 pint fresh raspberries
- 3 apples peeled, cored and sliced thinly
- 3/4 c old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 c all- purpose flour
- 2/3 c brown sugar
- 1/4 c sugar
- 7 Tb unsalted butter chilled and diced
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 lemon zest and juice
- 1/4 tsp salt
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Combine raspberries, apples, white sugar, lemon zest and juice, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt
in a bowl and toss gently to combine. Transfer mixture to baking dish.
In same mixing bowl, combine flour, oats, brown sugar and butter. Rub the butter into the mixture with your fingertips until it holds together and looks like moist clumps.
Sprinkle the topping over the berry mixture. This amount will probably give you more than you need, but I like a lot of topping.
Bake the crumble until the topping is golden brown and fruit is bubbly. About 45 minutes (for my oven)..so check anywhere between 40-50min.
*Suggestion-put a baking sheet underneath with some parchment paper to catch any fruit droppings so it doesn't go all over your oven.
When crumble is done, let rest for at least 15 min and serve with ice cream!