Friday, June 11, 2010

Apple, Peach, Blackberry Crumble

Life tumbles along throwing you left and right, up and down. Sometimes it sends you high with lots of love, friends and endless giggles and sometimes it sends you low with feelings of loneliness, lifelessness and sadness. Everyone handles these moments differently. Some people hide into themselves, some people get angry, some people hold grudges, some move on and forget. Me, I  try to keep busy to keep my mind from over thinking things, as we girls tend to do. If you are lucky (like me) these little low moments are far and few between, but they do happen and I think they are important. They have the potential to teach us more about ourselves and how to learn for our mistakes. They teach us how other people cope and what they need to handle situations. And sometimes after more than two years with someone you still have no idea what the hell is going on :)

Don't worry, I'm not going through anything tragic here, just a little spat with the significant other and personally I think it's just because he's a man and needs more space than I do. He's been cooped up with me in a new town at a new job with no friends around and it's only a matter of time before he's going to have to express these frustrations ... which is of course why I went for a walk to the ocean this evening, by myself, to give him his space. But as girls tend to do, we over think things and come to the conclusion that our worlds are falling apart when they are not. I find writing about situations makes me feel better about them almost instantly ... like lifting weights off your shoulders and making you feel light as air or at least a little lighter. Listening to the waves crashing against the shore also helps. It's a reminder that the world keeps on moving and that some things never change. They are always there if you need them. I watched the sun set and was reminded of a proverb that always helps me feel better if I'm in a low moment, 'turn your face to the sun and the shadows will fall behind you'. I saw that saying on a card in a gift shop one year when I was going through a lot of difficult times and it really hit home with me and has stuck with me ever since. 

The saying brings hope and sunshine and warmth when you might be feeling anything but. Something else that also brings hope, sunshine and warmth is dessert. Who doesn't reach for a piece of sinfully dark melt in your mouth fudge brownie when they need a little pick me up.  Or warm hot out of the oven ooeey gooey chocolate chip cookies. We (Celiacs) can make all of these things in our versions and they can taste amazing, but they are not always quick. One dessert that is easy to make and not all that bad for you (I mean it has fruit in it) is apple crumble.

Apple crumble can be made the traditional way with 100% pure uncontaminated oats, but new Celiacs are supposed to wait a year before they try oats, as some people are sensitive to oats and some are not and you need a healthy digestive system to be able to determine if you are the sensitive type. So alternative toppings can be used instead. The recipe below has an alternative topping that I was working on by myself for quite a while trying to figure out the perfect ratios and then perfected it after trying Elana Amsterdams recipe.

Spicing up the good 'ol Apple Crumble is also an easy thing to do. You can add almost any fruit you like to the base. Just remember to adjust the sweetenr/sugar level to the type of fruit you use. If you use a tangy vegetable like rhubarb, add a bit more sugar so that your dessert isn't too bitter.

Apple, Peach, Blackberry Crumble


2 large Apples, peeled and sliced
3 large Peaches, peeled and sliced 
1 cup fresh or frozen Blackberries
1/4 cup of Honey
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Nutmeg


2 cups of Almond Flour
1/2 cup of Buckwheat Groats
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup of Margarine, melted
1/2 cup of Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon of Cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Mix all of your fruit in a bowl with the honey, nutmeg and cinnamon. Then transfer to a greased 8x8 glass baking dish. In a separate bowl mix together almond flour, buckwheat groats, salt, cinnamon and brown sugar. Then pour in melted butter and stir until the mixture forms crumbles. Spoon this over top of your filling. Place in the oven and bake for about 45 minutes. Serve while still warm. Can be topped with vanilla or cinnamon ice cream or whipping cream.

This dish will warm you and your spirits up and can make a great dehydrated camping dessert! Just bake the filling and topping separately and then dehydrate the filling (do this shortly before your trip as I'm not sure how long the non-dehydrated topping will last). To revive it, just add some boiling water (start with 1 cup and go from there) and simmer over a camp fire or stove. Once it looks plump again, spoon some out into individual dishes and sprinkle on the pre-baked topping and voila it tastes like it just came out of the oven!

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