It’s been sleeting/snowing/hailing/raining and just generally quite foul weather in St Andrews for the last couple of weeks. And today is no different from the rest. It would be fine if it wasn’t for the fact that this is our spring break – every other kid who hasn’t got essays or a dissertation to write is travelling or seeing family. Me? No. I am sat in my cold and lonely flat making a gluttonous crumble to satiate my melancholy, and contemplate going to the library.
I first made this with my friend Laura last week for a small dinner party, and it went down a treat. So I’m making it again. It’s sweet, it’s delicious, it’s hideously indulgent, it’s more-ish, it’s warming, it’s everything that you could possibly want from a pudding on a cold grey day. The tarty fruits work a treat with the white and dark chocolate, and then I go heavy on the crumble. I hate fruit crumbles where the fruit is 80% of the pudding – gets my goat.
I’m supposed to be on some sort of a vague health kick, as in less than four weeks I shall be running the Edinburgh “Rock n’Roll” Half Marathon with my friend Polly in aid of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Polly and I are on Committee for ‘Under Canvas‘ an event we’re holding in St Andrews; blending an eclectic mix of music, art and design under one roof, Under Canvas aims to bring a night of festival inspired revelry to St Andrews all with the aim of raising as much money as possible for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Officially endorsed by the Principal of the University, Louise Richardson, Under Canvas is working with some of the UK’s most exciting music talent to create an event like none other. It’s going to be 6 hours of music with 4 incredible acts all with aim of raising as much money as possible for a cause very close to the committee’s hearts.
We’re aiming to raise £1000 through the Half Marathon alone – and a further several thousand pounds through the event. Our JustGiving page is here. Any donation is much appreciated - if Polly and I raise at least £500, we’re going to run the Half Marathon coated in powder paint … Just like we did for a promotional event back in the autumn.
Anyways, I’m digressing. Back to pudding.
Ingredients (Serves 12)
1kg frozen mixed berries (cherries, blackberries, blackcurrants and blueberries)
200g dark chocolate (roughly chopped)
200g white chocolate (roughly chopped)
250g butter (diced)
300g caster sugar
50g muscavado sugar
1) Preheat the oven to 200 deg celsius.
2) Place the frozen fruit and roughly chopped chocolate into a large glass dish (approx. 20cm x 40cm).
3) In a bowl combine the flour, oats and diced butter and using your thumbs and forefingers rub the butter into the flour and oats until all the butter has been incorporated.
4) Add the sugars and combine well.
5) Pour this dry crumble mixture over the fruit and chocolate and lightly press down.
6) Whack in the oven for 45 minutes or until golden brown.
7) Best served with ice cream AND double cream, with a cup of tea and good chat.