Guys, it's got to be my favourite time of year when the Great British Bake Off is back on telly. As an avid amateur baker, there's nothing I love more than marvelling at the showstopper recipes and - sorry! - laughing at the failures when the mousse doesn't set. It's refreshing when even the most pro bakers make mistakes, eh?
The team at Boohoo.com are running a blogger competition for the best Boohoo baking creation with their name slapped all over, so I thought I'd throw an apron on (and this rather cute boohoo red dress too) and cook up a storm for a slice of the fun :-)
I went for a red kinda theme, totally unplanned, and had so much fun bringing it all together. Here's the story of how I made my Apple + Plum crumble.
The bake started off with me and Neil heading to a nearby Pick Your Own farm in Sussex, where we picked the juiciest apples and plums we could find to fill my crumble - or "plumble" as Neil always calls it.
It was a scorching hot day, we had to take regular cover in the shade under the blackcurrant bushes and enjoyed a refreshing ice lolly by a nearby pond once our work was complete.
As soon as I got the fruit back home, after giving it all a thorough wash I lined up my beautiful Tala bakeware for an evening of culinary "plumbling" :)
This recipe is my 'Fifi speciality'. I do it about once a month when I'm in the mood for a therapeutic bake sesh but don't have hours to spare.
It's super simple and SO delicious, you can mix and match the fruits, use tinned fruit instead of fresh and experiment until you find your favourite. A personal fave it tinned pineapple + apple, wow.
Plus, it's 100% my own recipe so I'm particularly eager to share it with you :)
100g caster sugar
100g plain flour
Fruit! (I used 2 small apples + 10 teeny plums / 4 supermarket size)
1. Start by preheating your oven to 200degrees (Fan) or 180degrees (normal oven)
2. Cut your fruit into small pieces and line the bottom of an oven dish
3. Sprinkle cinnamon and a tablespoon of caster sugar across the fruit and mix it all together
4. Empty the flour and caster sugar into a separate bowl and combine well with a whisk or fork
5. Rub in the butter and use your hands to form crumbly mix that's light beige in colour
6. Using your hands, grab a handful of the crumble mix, squeeze and release over the fruit.
Tip: the more crunchy you like the topping of your crumble, the bigger the clusters need to be, so don't separate the mix too much
7. Once all of the fruit is well hidden with crumble mix, place in the oven and bake for 40 minutes
8. Serve warm, with cold custard if you like, and enjoy :-)
I hope you've enjoyed this post. If you bake a crumble soon, tag a photo on twitter and let me see your creations :) I'm @fifimcgeee.
Fingers crossed Boohoo will crown me Fifi star baker, but there are a lot of delicious looking recipes other bloggers are sharing too so competition is high, check out the hashtags #wearebakers & #boohoo to follow along.
Wish me luck!
Dress c/o Boohoo, Tala bakeware c/o Tala
I'm Fifi Mcgee
I'm a cushion addict, passionate about designing my house to be a place that improves my life