This is the quickest, easiest dessert you'll ever make. I call it "Blueberry Crumble" because I used blueberries, but truth be told you can use raspberries and call it Raspberry Crumble, blackberries and call it Blackberry Crumble, a variety of berries and call it Mixed Berry Crumble, peaches and raspberries and call it Peach Melba Crumble, well, you get the idea. You can pretty much use any berry that you like, or peaches, nectarines, or plums, and come out with a delicious dessert, that will draw both admiration and praise. I've been known to throw this together as surprise guests are having coffee in the living room, only to serve it an hour later. The key is simply keeping fruit on hand. (I always have blueberries in the freezer - they freeze beautifully and, as a consequence, I'm never left guessing what to make for dessert when the pressure's on.)
The amount of fruit you use is pretty much up to you. I grab a bowl the size of whatever amount of fruit I have and dump it in. Be sure to wash the fruit thoroughly before use and allow it some time to drain (or pat it dry with paper towels if you're in a hurry). If you're using fruit that has a pit, as in the case of peaches, plums, and nectarines, cut them in half and pit them, then slice them into wedges about a half inch thick. (I do recommend the peach/blueberry or raspberry combination for both color and taste.)
Wash the fruit thoroughly before use and drain well.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Put fruit into any size bowl that happens to be handy and that supports the amount of fruit you have on hand. I used this old favorite 1-qt. oval casserole.
Place the following ingredients into the work bowl of your food processor:
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans, and hazelnuts work well here)
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Pinch of salt
Pulse a couple of times until nuts are chopped fine and thoroughly blended into the flour/sugar mixture.
Cut 1 stick of cold butter, into 1/2-inch cubes and add to the dry mixture. Pulse until mixture begins to clump. This will be your streusel topping.
Pour the topping evenly over your fruit, pressing down a bit. If you have any left over, put it in a freezer bag, label it and freeze it to use for a future crumble, or topping on muffins or baked oatmeal.
Bake in the middle of the oven for 20-25 minutes or until the fruit juices bubble on the side. If the top starts to get too brown, cover it with a piece of foil.
Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream. If there are any leftovers, I'm sure you can convince yourself that they would make an excellent breakfast, considering the serving of fruit and all.
Try it, and tell me what you think!
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