As I write this, I am sitting on a balcony with a cup of tea overlooking the sea. Wooden boats bobbing up and down and a tiny twinkling island in the distance. The sun is just setting on another beautiful day...sigh.
Also there is a horse in the field in front of me that has a tendency to come up to the fence and poo right next me.
Did I spoil the image a bit there?
Anyway, back to the matter in hand. I am a dedicated blogger and Bake Off doesn't stop just because I am away! Phwoar, they struggled this week didn't they? There was no sugar-coating their pitta-ful attempts (see what I did there...)
Ugne used almond flour, quinoa flour and hazelnut flour - go Ugne! Although it might not have gone the way she hoped, I still applaud her efforts. I'm glad Bake Off did this alternative week though, it can only be a good thing! Hopefully it'll get people interested in healthier options and get them thinking outside the box a bit more.
So today I am presenting you with a most delightful Fruit Crumble recipe. As always, it is gluten-free AND there's no refined sugar in there either.
So enough from me, let's bake!
For the filling
4 sticks of rhubarb chopped into chunks
2 small eating apples
1 small pear
1 tsp freshly grated ginger
Grated zest and juice of a lime
2 tbsps maple syrup
For the topping
25g butter (or coconut oil)
150g ground almonds
50g mixed nuts and seeds
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsps maple syrup
1 tsp desiccated coconut
2 tbsps homemade granola (optional)
Preheat the oven to 180C. Put all the filling ingredients into a pan with four tablespoons water. Cover and cook gently for 10-12 minutes over medium heat until soft (but not soggy!). Then transfer to an ovenproof dish and let it cool down.
In a bowl, mix all the topping ingredients together either with a wooden spoon or your fingers to create a lovely crumbly consistency. Then pop in the fridge for about 10 minutes and then put on top of the filling.
Bake in the oven for around 20-25 minutes.
Either let it cool down or risk a burnt mouth and gobble it straight up.
I can neither confirm nor deny if the latter happened to me...
It did, it definitely did.
I have taken my mind, body and soul away from the hustle and bustle. It's so peaceful and calming here. I never ever want to come home! Toes in the sand, waves rolling in and feeling the warm breeze upon my face. I think I'm happiest when I'm floating in the sea.
"The voice of the sea speaks to the soul"
I insist you all go and take yourself away from a stressful situation this week.
Make sure you do what makes your soul happy.
Ten simple ideas to make your soul happy:
Make yourself a cup of tea
Buy a plant, water it and watch it grow
Let go of something/someone that isn't bringing you positivity
Spend time near water. Have a bath or take a trip to the seaside
Do a little dance
Go for a walk in the countryside
Smile at a stranger (if they don't smile back, smile even more)
Make this fruit crumble
Be wild, free and glorious!