Chris Bavin's Roasted Fruit with Crumble Topping

Chris Bavin's quick and easy crumble is a pudding for all seasons. Simply use whichever stoned fruit is in season and top with a generous scoop of ice cream.

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Introduction

When in season there’s nothing better than summer fruits such as peaches and cherries. Out of season they tend to lack flavour, even though they can be twice the price. If you have a local greengrocer ask their advice and swap in whichever stoned fruits are most seasonal.

Serves 4
Easy
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 30 min
Total time: 45 min

Ingredients

juice and peel of 2 oranges – zest removed with a peeler
3 tbsp runny honey
seeds from 1 vanilla pod, or 1 tbsp vanilla paste
2 cinnamon sticks
sprig of rosemary
500g (1lb 2oz) stoned fruits, such as peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots, and cherries – whichever is most ripe and use one sort or a mixture
100g (3½oz) strawberries or raspberries (optional)
yogurt or ice-cream, to serve
For the crumble topping:
75g (2½oz) plain flour
60g (2oz) butter, chilled
30g (1oz) nuts, such as hazelnuts, roughly chopped
30g (1oz) desiccated coconut
75g (2½oz) oats
3 tbsp brown sugar

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC (350ºF/Gas 4). Place the orange juice and peel in a baking tray, about 20 x 30cm (8 x 12in), together with the honey, vanilla, cinnamon sticks, and rosemary.

2. Cut the fruits in half and remove the stones then place them in the tray. Roll the fruits over in the juice, pop the tray in the oven, and roast the fruits for 15–20 minutes, depending on how ripe the fruit is. If you wish, add some strawberries or raspberries in the last couple of minutes of cooking time and warm these through with the rest of the fruit.

3. To make the crumble, place the flour in a bowl and rub in the butter. Stir in the nuts, coconut, oats, and sugar. If you wish, you can freeze the crumble at this stage (see below).

4. Spread the crumble out onto a separate baking tray and bake for 15 minutes, mixing halfway through, then when the topping is golden brown, take it out of the oven and leave it to cool.

5. Remove the rosemary sprig and cinnamon sticks from the fruit and serve the fruit with the crumble topping sprinkled over and a big spoonful of yogurt or ice-cream.

Feed the freezer:

Double the ingredients. Cook the extra fruit for just 10 minutes then freeze this and the extra crumble separately. Thaw at room temperature then assemble the pudding and bake as in step 4.

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