FRUIT CRUMBLE

DRUMROLL PLEASE!! You might want to sit down, too. Are you ready? I MADE DESSERT! Our youngest and her husband came for dinner last night. You should have seen the look on her face when I told her I had to get the dessert out of the oven. Her husband was happy because the dessert had peaches in it and those are his favorite. They were excited and I was thrilled because I got to babysit hold my 2-week old grandson while they ran out to do a little shopping. Yes, I held him the entire time they were gone.

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Ok, so this isn’t a fancy dessert. In fact, it couldn’t be more simple, but it is delicious and makes the perfect dessert on a cool, crisp fall evening. It’s not overly sweet either, despite the quantity of sugar it contains. This is probably because the fruit is tart.  I’m not a big sweets eater in case you haven’t figured that out yet.

INGREDIENTS
1 can sliced peaches, drained (fresh would be great but I didn’t have them)
4 nectarines, peeled and sliced
8 oz raspberries
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2-3 tablespoons all-purpose flour (begin with 2 and add another if there is too much liquid after a few minutes)

CRUMBLE TOPPING
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup oatmeal, quick cooking
1/2 cup (2 sticks) butter, cold, diced

INSTRUCTIONS
1. In a large bowl, mix all of the fruit ingredients together and allow to sit for 5 minutes.
2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, add all the crumble topping ingredients and mix on low speed until the mixture is about the size of peas.
3. Pour the fruit mixture into a prepared baking dish.
4. Sprinkle the crumble topping over the fruit and spread evenly. Depending on the size of your casserole dish, you may not need all of the crumble. It can be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for another dessert tomorrow!!
5. Baked in a preheated 350-degree oven for 20-30 minutes until it is bubbly and the topping is lightly browned.

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The best way to serve this is with a big dollop of vanilla ice cream on top. Well, that’s a matter of opinion, I guess, but it sure was good! Freshly whipped cream would be great, too.

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If you don’t have fresh fruit, this is just as delicious made with frozen fruit.

This crumble topping could be used on any type of fruit. It stays crunchy when baked giving you the texture these type of desserts need.

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