Monday, June 25, 2012

Peach and Blackberry Crumbles

Happy Monday y'all! 

This weekend was completely lovely. We spent it here in Tahoe, and it was relaxing yet we also checked some things off my summer bucket list--yay! It's great to come in to this new week feeling like we had a full weekend, yet I also feel refreshed and ready for the week...which is a good thing because we leave for Michigan on Thursday night! (and I've got lots to do before then!)

But back to Friday...Cam and I started out the weekend by checking out the Friday night market here in South Lake Tahoe. Farmer's markets are one of my favorite things about summer, and seeing as we live so close to California there is definitely a lot of fresh produce to chose from! The main farmer's market takes place on Tuesdays during the day (which I had the pleasure of attending with this mama-to-be last week!) but the Friday evening market is easier for Cam and I to get to, even if it is a little smaller. There weren't a ton of vendors, but I'm hoping that it will get a little bigger as the season goes on. We were able to pick up some delicious goodies and had a nice time walking around. 





After the farmer's market, Cam and I headed home to relax and watch a Redbox movie. I decided to make some Rice Krispie treats sans cake batter...which we ended up eating right out of the saucepan that I made them in. It was awesome. And totally irrelevant to this post, but seriously, if you haven't eaten warm Rice Krispie treats right out of the pan while wearing PJs in awhile, I highly recommend it.

Moving on...
Saturday night, Cam and I had some friends over for dinner, and it was a really fun, low-key evening. When I was deciding what to make for dessert (the most important part of entertaining...obviously) I decided to turn to one of my favorite cookbooks, Ina Garten's Barefoot Contessa At Home.


I had made her peach and blueberry crumble recipe once before and remembered it being fantastic. This time, I decided to swap out the blueberries for blackberries based on what I had picked up at the farmer's market. I absolutely loved the combination of flavors--the sweetness of peaches with the tart blackberries just tastes like summer!


Peach and Blackberry Crumbles

Inspired by Ina Garten's Peach and Blueberry Crumbles 

 

For the fruit:

2 pounds firm, ripe peaches (6 to 8 peaches)
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup fresh blueberries (1/2 pint) 2 cups fresh blackberries (I just used the two small containers I got at the farmer's market, I think it was around 2 cups...)

(I decided to use less peaches and more blackberries...I think you can really use whatever mixture and ratio of fruit that you like, it all tastes great covered with a crumbly topping!)

For the crumble:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 pound (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, diced

 

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Immerse the peaches in boiling water for 30 seconds to 1 minute, until their skins peel off easily. Place them immediately in cold water, and then peel the peaches--if your peaches are ripe, the skins should slip right off; if they're not (like mine were Saturday night) the peaches are going to be really hard to peel--just FYI! Slice them into thick wedges, and place them in a large bowl. 

Add the lemon zest, lemon juice, granulated sugar, and flour. Toss well. Gently mix in the blueberries. Allow the mixture to sit for 5 minutes. Spoon the mixture into ramekins or custard cups.

We got these adorable little Crate & Barrel ramekins for our wedding, and I'm a little embarrassed to say this is the first time I've used them...but it won't be the last!
 For the topping, combine the flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and the butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on low speed until the butter is the size of peas. Rub the mixture with your fingertips until it's in big crumbles, then sprinkle evenly over the fruit. Place the ramekins on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until the tops are browned and crisp and the juices are bubbly.
 Serve warm or at room temperature.

Or with good vanilla ice cream...Ina would want it that way :)
 If you want to make these early, store the unbaked crumbles in the refrigerator and bake before dinner.

That's what I should have done. My plan was to have the ramekins all ready to pop in the oven before our guests arrived, that way I could snap some pics for the blog without feeling like a loser in front of company...then Lola puked on the kitchen floor and I sort of ran out of time. The good news? This dessert is so easy that it can be prepared after drinking two glasses of wine while simultaneously talking to your guests...just saying. So while I didn't end up getting to take as many picture of the recipe prep as I would have liked, I think this photo pretty much says it all...


The crumbles were a huge hit, and I'll definitely be making them again (gotta get some more use out of those ramekins!) They're the perfect summer dessert because they showcase the flavors of fresh fruit, they're so simple to make (wayyy easier than a pie!) and they're just so tasty. Give them a try! Xoxo

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10 comments:

  1. I loooove Farmer's Markets - and all the fruit and veg at this one seem so fresh and colorful :) Those Peach and Blackberry Crumbles look delicious - I'm bookmarking this and making these the next time we have people over!

    xxx
    Jenna

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  2. Ina would absolutely want it that way :) I've been craving some cobbler or crumble with fresh fruit! This looks amazing.

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  3. That looks amazing! I am going to have to give this a try!

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  4. YUM! Those look amazing! I LOVE going to the farmer's market. Glad you had a great weekend!

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  5. Oh yummm! The crumble looks amazing!! And so glad you and Cam made it out the the Farmer's Market on Friday night! I hope it gets bigger as the summer goes on...it's such a neat concept!

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  6. Those tomatoes look divine. I picked blueberries last weekend and my friend just dropped off some fresh peaches. But I don't have ramekins that go in the oven. I wonder if I can make a big crumble instead? Thanks for sharing your yummies!

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  7. YUM! Love this combo for summer...so tasty! :)

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  8. Ohhh my goodness... the crumbles look so delicious! You have had such great weather in Tahoe lately... Tim and I were just saying that we really need to make it up there sometime this summer to explore and just spend the day up there. :) Looks like you had a wonderful weekend!

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  9. oh yum, this looks amazing. Fabulous post, love. If you get a sec I'd love to hear your thoughts on my interview for College Lifestyles magazine. xo

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