Monday, 14 June 2010

Rhubarb and Blueberry Crumble

I finished off yesterday's soup tonight and the flavours were even more intense, especially the sweetness of the chestnuts.  (Mental note to get more chestnuts for the store cupboard...)  As I didn't need to cook, I had time to make a dessert instead and just had to decide what to do with the lonesome stick of rhubarb that was lurking in the fridge. 

I recently made a delicious rhubarb and blueberry compote from Nigel Slater's website and thought I would try this fruit combination again in a crumble.  The crumble topping I've been using recently is from Tessa Kiros's Apples for Jam as it's so quick and easy.  I'm not sure I'll ever make a crumble as good as my Mum's but this was pretty good for a Monday night!

Rhubarb and Blueberry Crumble for 2

100g rhubarb sliced
75g blueberries
A sprinkling of caster sugar
35g caster sugar
100g plain flour
25g soft brown sugar
75g butter, softened (strange but true)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  •  Heat oven to 190 C or gas mark5.
  • Place the fruit in a small oven proof dish and sprinkle over the caster sugar.
  • Mix together the caster sugar, flour and brown sugar in a bowl.
  • Add the cubed butter and vanilla extract and rub with your fingertips until the mixture looks like "damp, clustery sand" (I love Tessa's descriptions).
  • Sprinkle topping over the fruit and bake in the pre-heated oven for 35-40 minutes until golden brown on top and the fruit is starting to bubble around the edges.

Allow to cool a little, if you can, and serve with your choice of custard, ice cream or cream. Mmmm...

Nigel Slater's Rhubarb & Blueberry Compote


  1. Anything with rhubarb is a winner for me!!

    Your crumble looks fantastic.

  2. Oh, rhubarb and blueberries sounds like a great combination and the crumble looks delicious.

  3. I've never had rhubarb and blueberries together, but I love rhubarb and will eat anything with it in, especially a crumble so would love to try this. I also like it when you say...'allow to cool a little *if you can*'! Sounds like something I'd do. BTW it'd have to be hot with *cold* custard! What's your preference? x

  4. mmmmm delish, I just love crumbles! This looks divine. Lucie x

  5. My favourite season is autumn and crumbles always play a big part i our house during that season.

    Your crumble looks delish!


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