This recipe came about as a way of using up some stoned fruit and a few sprigs of fresh mint in the fridge. We wanted something warm and satisfying on a particularly cold and wet summer evening. The addition of mint leaves adds a subtle freshness to this warm dessert and makes it a little more summery. For the crumble topping we added some ground almonds for extra flavour. We served our crumble with some good quality vanilla ice-cream and a almond praline crumb. This dessert is perfect for any time of year and won’t take long to whip up. Check out the recipe below.
Serves 4 (ramekins)
Prep time 5-10 minutes
Cooking time 25-30 minutes
For the filling:
- 5 Peaches, stones removed and diced
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- Zest of 1/2 lemon
- 10-12 mint leaves, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp, heaped, brown Demerara sugar
For the crumble:
- 35g butter
- 15g ground almonds
- 50g Demerara sugar
Mint leaves to garnish
1. Prepare the peach and mint filling
Preheat the oven to 200°C. Wash the peaches and cut into small chunks. There is no need to remove the skin as it is soft and adds a splash of colour. Finely chop the mint leaves. Add the chopped mint leaves and peaches to a bowl and add the lemon juice, zest and Demerara sugar. Stir gently to combine.
2. Make the crumble
Put the butter, flour, ground almonds and Demerara sugar into a bowl. Combine the ingredients by rubbing them in between your fingers. Continue to rub the mix until a crumble like appearance forms. Do not be tempted to remove all the lumps as these add texture and crunch when baked.
3. Assemble the crumble
Divide the fruit mixture between the four ramekins and top with the crumble mix, making sure not to press the crumble down and make the topping firm. Set the four ramekins on a baking tray and place in the oven. Bake for around 25-30 minutes until bubbling and lightly golden on top.
4. Serve and enjoy
Let the crumbles cool slightly before eating as they are boiling hot when they come out of the oven. Serve with some pouring cream or vanilla ice-cream. Add some mint leaves to the top for an added garnish to your crumble.
Why not try a few other flavour combinations such as:
- mango and basil
- apple and cinnamon
- raspberry and coconut