Okay my friends! At the request of my dear Facebook friends from my status updates, I am posting my homemade Peach/Pear Spiced Crumble! It's really easy, and tastes exquisite with Vanilla Bean icecream!
Spiced Peach and Pear Crumble
by Kileah McIlvain
Preheat oven to 375F
Serves 6-12 (yup it's family sized!)
1 1/2-2 c. of walnut pieces
1 c. whole wheat flour
1 1/2 c. rolled oats
1/2 c. rapadura or/brown sugar or/unbleached sugar
1/2 c. (1 stick chilled salted butter, cut into pieces
*Works best with a food processor, but if you don't have one, then the old-fashioned way is just fine;) Just cut up the walnut pieces until they're smaller and crush the rolled oats a bit.
-put the walnut pieces in the processor and pulse until smaller (slightly larger than coarse cornmeal) and add rolled oats, flour, and sugar and pulse JUST UNTIL BLENDED.
-pour into medium-sized bowl and drop chilled butter pieces into the mix. Take a pastry cutter/2 forks and slowly start rotating the bowl around, cutting the butter into the mix until it has the consistency of crumbles...you'll know it's ready when the butter pieces aren't any bigger than a pea and you can take a fistful of the mix and make a fist and it stays clumped. Now it's ready! Set that aside and we'll work on the peach filling!
*I used my home-canned peaches and pears for this! You can use store-canned if you don't have/do home canned...and you can just do peaches...or you can add pears...or you can add blackberries, fresh or frozen...just do whatever you want, really!
2 jars peaches-drained
1 jar bosc pears-drained (or if you just want peaches-just use 3 jars!)
3/4 c. packed brown sugar or/rapadura sugar
3/4 c. unbleached sugar
1/2 Tbsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
-mix together, and then pour into deep-dish stoneware casserole dish.
-get the crumble, and take it by the fistfull. Clump it in your fist, then gently release it, pressing it just slightly so it forms slightly smaller crumbles and drop it all over! It's okay if some of it just falls apart---that's part of the yummy-ness! Put as much of it as you want on the crumble-I usually use most or all of my mix so I get a good crumble crust. I usually keep putting it on until you can't see the peaches anymore.
-Put yummy-ness into the oven and set your timer for 45 minutes. You'll know it's done when the crumble is golden-browning nicely and it smells amazing.
-you can let it cool if you want (i'm sure that's what the baking experts out there say...but as you all know...crumbles taste best when warm and with a hunk of icecream on it:D)
-ENJOY! Have fun tweaking spices and ingredients or whatnot! If you don't use all of the crumble, it freezes in a ziploc/canner jar just GREAT!