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Strawberry Picking

Posted on: June 29, 2010

The hubby, baby and I went strawberry picking this morning and we came home with six quarts of juicy, delicious strawberries (for the low cost of $9…only $1.50 a quart, WAY better than buying them from the store!).  I washed and hulled two quarts already, to be frozen for future use throughout the year in desserts and smoothies.  Two quarts (or maybe three!) will be used for general consumption and the last quart will be used in a berry crumble cake.  This recipe is from a book named “Grazing” by Julie Van Rosendaal, that I received as a wedding present.  I’ve made it many times, always with berries in lieu of apples, peaches or plums but I look forward to trying the peaches and apples later in the year.  I love this recipe because it contains ingredients that I always have in the house…no last minute runs to the grocery store!  It’s great for entertaining and serving at a dinner party because I can prepare it in advance, pop it in the already preheated oven once dinner starts and by the time it has baked and cooled, we’re ready for dessert!

Berry, Peach, Apple or Plum Crumble Cake

  • 2 tbsp butter, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup milk or plain yogurt
  • 1-2 cups fresh/frozen berries
  • OR 2 peaches, apples or pears
  • OR 3-4 plums, peeled and sliced

Crumble

  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ tsp cinnamon (I add the same amount of nutmeg as well)
  • 1 tbsp butter or margarine
  • 2 tbsp corn syrup or honey
  • ¼ cup almonds (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Beat butter and sugar until well blended in a medium bowl.  Beat in eggs and vanilla
  3. Combine flour, baking powder and salt.  Add half to butter mixture, beat until just blended.  Add milk and beat until just combined.  Add remaining flour mixture and beat on low until just combined
  4. Pour batter into a greased 8×8 baking pan.  Sprinkle with berries or layer sliced fruit over top (place close together or overlap; fruit will shrink as it bakes).
  5. Stir together crumble ingredients with fork or your fingers.  Stir in almonds and sprinkle over fruit
  6. Bake for 30-40 until golden and springy to the touch.  Cool in the pan.
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2 Responses to "Strawberry Picking"

you keep putting recipes on here and i keep feeling compelled to copy them into the recipe file on my computer. however, i have yet to have made any of them…are you shocked?

nope…i have so many recipes that i’ve saved and haven’t tried

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