Thursday, July 23, 2009

Ina Garten's Peach & Blueberry Crumbles


I have touted my fondness for Ina Garten's recipes, multiple times, on this blog. In my humble opinion, her recipes are user-friendly (though don't forget to use "good" ingredients...in Ina's words), and they always turn out to be a success in our home. This recipe comes from  from Ina Garten's Cookbook "Barefoot Contessa At Home" for Peach & Blueberry Crumbles.


This was going to be very easy, because I make fruit crisps all the time! I think of them as "lazy baker's pie". Blueberries aren't really high on our family's list of favorites (except in pancakes), so my boys were skeptical of this combination. I was ready to give this a try...

Locally grown, fresh peaches were on sale the week that this recipe was chosen (Perfect timing, Aggie).

Skinning peaches is easy as... well, pie... I blanched them for one minute in boiling water...

... then, removed them with one of my versatile and favorite gadgets-- my "spider" and dunked them immediately into an ice bath. The skin slip right off. (Tip, cut a small "x" at the bottom of each peach for easy skin removal.)

Look! Naked peaches!

The only change I made in Ina's recipe was to substitute tapioca for flour. Personally, I find that flour tends to "muddy" my fruit. Either way works, though. I let the fruit "sit" while I made the crumbles with my Kitchen Aid Mixer (so much easier than doing it by hand).


I have to say that peaches and blueberries make a beautiful combination of contrasting colors. I had a feeling that this was going to be delicious.


I read some past comments on this recipe, and I decided to double the crumbles. I like having a bit of crumble in each bite of fruit, myself. I recall Ina saying that you want the crumble mixture to resemble "beach sand". I grabbed a little and squeezed, and it bound together. That should do it!

Ina's recipe calls for making this recipe with individual ramekins. I decided instead, to use my Emily Henry Oval Baking Dish-- a wedding gift that is near and dear to my heart. I photographed this before completely cover all of the fruit, so that you could see what was underneath.
I had leftover crumbles, but I've saved that for a future fruit dish.

My kitchen smelled wonderful, with a nice hint of cinnamon. I thought that the fruit firmed up just right.

We love our fruit dishes to be served slightly warm. My husband loves it when his vanilla bean ice cream melts into his dessert.

Do you think he liked it?

Overall, this is a very simple dessert to make. I still prefer fruit crisps because I love the crunch of the oatmeal that is added to the topping. In fact, with my leftover crumbles, I'll do exactly that!





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15 comments:

Debinhawaii said...

I am with you--still prefer oatmeal in my topping but this was good. Great pictures!

Aggie said...

Your post is awesome!! Love all the pics and step by steps! So happy you tried and liked the recipe! :) Welcome to BB!!

Monica H said...

Congrats on joining the barefoot bloggers. I can't wait to see what you make in the future months! She has some great recipes.

I love peaches and blueberries. This recipe sounds perfect.

Phoo-D said...

I am a fan of crunchy crumbles too. Peaches haven't hit us yet but when they do I'm going to indulge big time!

Kate said...

You have been busy. This looks delicious. I didn't know that there were Barefoot Bloggers! I must participate!

Finsmom said...

Such great photos!

Frieda said...

Holy moley...looks good! Did you put the 'X' on the peach before blanching it?

Jamie said...

I am an oatmeal crumble kind of gal too! Yours looks divine and I am loving all your pictures!

Em said...

How beautiful and what a wonderful photo tutorial. Thanks for posting and welcome to Barefoot Bloggers!

Veronica said...

You make the crumbles look like works of art!

Suzie said...

Your photos are so beautiful, I can nearly taste the peaches. Welcome to the group - I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Donna-FFW said...

This is beautiful, a work of art. So pretty. Love the colors. Ina Gartens recipes are wonderful.. I also enjoy oatmeal in the toppings:)

Id top with ice cream for sure!

Candy Girl said...

Welcome to the group! I love your blog, beautiful pictures. I agree with you about preferring oatmeal.

Kim said...

Peaches and blueberries are my favorite summer fruits...looks delicious:) Great post and pics.

frockandfork said...

I love the peach & blueberry combo and your beautiful photographs.