I was planning on making a rhubarb pie, as inspired by Daria's recipe. As it happened I didn't find any rhubarb at the grocery store, but being strawberry season here in Germany and me being a huge fan of this (the most ever) delicious fruit, here I am enjoying the strawberry crumble I made yesterday and giving you five reasons why you should make your own strawberry (or any other fruit or combination of fruit) crumble.
So here it goes:
- First of all, it is incredibly delicious. Really. It has delicious fruit (traditionally apple, strawberries, mango, raspberry and so on), it has butter and is oven-baked - ingredients of all things good.
- It is so easy to make. Some would call it the lazy man's pie.
- You won't have to bother with making it pretty. It is supposed to look uneven.
- In summer, you can serve it with ice cream. Actually, it's recommended.
- It's a versatile meal: either breakfast or desert. Or better yet, both!
450 gr. fresh strawberries
250 gr. plain flour
1/2 cup of oats or other cereal
80-90 gr. butter
and a pinch of salt
Preheat the oven at 190ºC.
Wash the strawberries and cut them into chunks. Put them in the pie form with 3 teaspoons brown sugar, about 5 spoons almond flakes, the juice from half a lemon and vanilla seeds. Stir them a bit and let them sit while you make the crumble topping.
Put the flour into a bowl with a pinch of salt, 2-3 teaspoons of brown sugar and the oats. Add the cold butter and mix it with your fingers until you get a breadcrumb-like texture. This is the crumble.
Sprinkle the crumble on top of the strawberries and put the dish in the oven. Let it bake for about 30 minutes. It's best to place a baking sheet under the dish, to avoid the baked strawberries to spill over. Serve it with ice cream and enjoy with dear ones!