Whenever I go to the farmers’ market I never plan what to buy.I know, of course, what the basic things I need are but there are things which I buy depending on the price, which are not in my plans.This week for instance I bought some pomegranate, quince, pumpkin, apples, bananas and grapes. (The bananas have not yet been consumed, so yay, wait for a banana bread next week!). I would love to buy some chestnuts but they were so expensive that I’ll have to wait until they are cheaper.
Last week I made an Apple Crisp, so this week I decided to make a crumble. This recipe is not too sweet, just as we like it, and the crumbly topping came together easily and beautifully. I used Granny Smith apples because I like how sturdy they are and how they can hold up to just about any bit of baking. I must say that we have grown to love desserts with oats and the kitchen was full of the lovely aroma of apple and cinnamon and it tasted fantastic. I served the crumble with some vanilla (and chocolate) ice cream.
That was the second recipe I had made with Quaker oats, the first one being some cookies which I have not yet posted and they all loved both the cookies and the Apple Crisp.
The only minor addition I made to the recipe was to add more cinnamon in the filling as well.
Today’s post, however, is about another recipe I made. I called it Autumn Fruit Crumble, as it has three autumn fruit in it: Pumpkin, Apples and Quince.
Having in mind the lovely crust from the previous recipe, I decided instead of adding only apples, to try it with some quince as well. One of the simplest desserts we do in Greece is to bake quinces with sugar and cinnamon. We do the same with apples as well. So I thought that they would pair well together. I also envisioned to make it a double crust pie, so I added some water in the dough as well.
I have this bad habit. When I am in the kitchen I do lots of things simultaneously. So before preparing the pie I also started roasting the pumpkin I had bought to make a savory pie for the next day. However, my mind never stops thinking of combinations and I was thinking «Maybe the pumpkin is too much for the savory pie. What if I added some in the apple and quince pie?». «Would it match with the other fruit?» «No, maybe it’s too much to make a pie with three fruit». «What if….» and by the time the pumpkin was nearly done I had convinced myself to forget about the savory pie and use the pumpkin together with the apples and quince.
Simultaneously, I was cooking some peas which again I started to make a classic Greek recipe with carrots, potatoes and tomato sauce and by the time I finished, the dish was totally different.
All these changes made me loose track of time and I realized that if I wanted to have the dessert ready in time for lunch I had to hurry. I could not make a pie with cooked pumpkin and raw apples and quince and so I decided to microwave them.
The crust rested in the refrigerator for a long time and became so stiff that I could neither roll it nor crumble it. «OMG, what was I going to do?» I gave it a quick thought and instead I decided to cut it into slices
Believe it or not that’s how I usually work in the kitchen.
Autumn Fruit Crumble: Pumpkin, Apples and Quince.
For the Crust
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups oats
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 8 tablespoons or (1 a stick) or 120 grams of cold butter, cut in small cubes
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 – 2 tablespoons ice cold water
For the Filling
- 1 ½ kilos raw pumpkin
- 3 apples
- 1 quince
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ginger powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ teaspoon allspice
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- ½ cup of roasted pecans
- 100 grams dark chocolate, cut into small pieces
How to roast pumpkin
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C / 400 F.
After removing all strings and seeds, add 1/2 cup of water in a baking pan with lid and bake pumpkin until it becomes soft, for about 1 hour.When done, scoop out the pumpkin. It is so soft that it does not need to be pureed.
In a big bowl add flour, oats, salt, spices and butter and using your hand start combining into a crumbly mixture.
Add sugar and when combined add cold water a spoonful at a time until the mixture has formed into a ball.Wrap with cling film and refrigerate until the pumpkin is ready.If you have prepared pumpkin beforehand, refrigerate crust for at least half an hour.
When pumpkin is ready (do not turn off the oven) but lower heat to 180C/350F.
Peel, core and cut apples and quince into thin slices and place in a microwave safe dish. Bake in microwave for 6 minutes at 650 w.
Scoop pumpkin in a bowl and if it has absorbed steam place in a colander to remove excess water. Place again in the bowl and mix in the apples and quince. Whilst it is still hot mix in a spoonful of butter and the sugar. When combined, add pecans cut into big pieces as well as spices and corn starch and mix.
Butter a 35 x 22 cm pyrex pan and add mixture which should be around an inch (3 cm)high.
Remove cling film from crust and on a cutting board cut slices of dough with a sharp knife, as if you are cutting biscuits about ½ cm thick. Put a layer of crust and filling on top.
Cover filling with crust and in between add pieces of the dark chocolate.
Bake until crust is firm and crispy, about 45 minutes.
This Autumn Pie is ideal for my «Sweet Pies Event», deadline 31st October as well as for the «WFD Event, Time to be Thankful», deadline 16th November. Thank you all for your contributions to both events and don’t forget for those of you who haven’t submitted yet, there is still time for both.