|Worcester berry and marzipan crumble|
I remember being told as a young child, “sometimes we need to do things we don’t necessarily want to do”. Tough love. I think the next few months are going to fall under that heading. I’m just going to have to “suck it up” (and comfort eat).
An ex-boyfriend once told me my food wasn’t “sexy”. Perhaps he was right but frankly I couldn’t care less, on a good day it is pretty darn tasty. This recipe is a perfect example of that; not sexy but great comfort food.
I hadn’t come across Worcester berries before last Saturday when I spotted them at the farmer's market. If you are interested they are a cross between a red gooseberry and a blueberry and make excellent jam apparently. If you can’t find them most stone fruit such as plums or berries such as brambles would work well.
|Worcester berry crumble filling|
Worcester and marzipan crumble
Makes 4 pots
Oven set to 180 degrees c
For the topping –
100g plain flour
80g of butter at room temperature
20g demerara sugar
35g marzipan chopped into ½ cm cubes
For the filling -
600g Worcester berries, topped and tailed
80 - 100g approx of caster sugar
Add the filling ingredients to a pan over a moderate heat.
Maybe add a tiny splash of water if you think it will stick.
Cook for approx 5 minutes or until soft.
Have a taste you may need to add more sugar.
To make the topping add the flour and butter together by rubbing the mixture between your fingers until it resembles rough sand.
Stir in the sugar and half of the marzipan.
To assemble the crumble add some of the filling to a wee pot or ramekin if you are being posh.
You may want to add the fruit and just a little of juice as it would be a bit of a watery crumble if you add the whole of the filling mixture.
Scatter the remaining half of the marzipan onto the filling and then add the topping mix.
To make a crisp crumble make sure the top is completely covered and compress slightly.
Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until crisp and lovely.
Serve with cream, custard, yogurt or whatever you fancy. Personally I think some elderflower ice cream would be pretty amazing with this.
|Worcester berry and marzipan crumble - tucking in|