The Ultimate Berry Crumble – Food Wishes

The Ultimate Berry Crumble – Food Wishes

August 1, 2019 100 By William Morgan


hello this is chef john from food wishes
dot-com with the ultimate berry crumble
that’s right unlike some of my peers I
don’t just tack on the word ultimate to
a recipe name just to try to get extra
views no when you see the word ultimate
here you know that it’s been carefully
researched and then submitted for
official designation which I’m very
happy to announce was granted and if
you’re wondering what exactly makes this
the ultimate berry crumble besides the
name well it’s so many things which I’m
about to show you so with that let’s go
ahead get started with a couple cups of
all-purpose flour to which we will add a
touch of salt as well as a touch of
baking powder and a touch of sugar and
then what we’ll do is take a whisk and
give this a mix until we think all
that’s been thoroughly combined and I
should mention even though I’m not using
it here if you have self rising flour
you could use that instead along with
the sugar and just skip the baking
powder in salt
but anyway we’ll give those dry
ingredients a mix at which point we’re
gonna grate in one and a half sticks of
ice-cold butter alright so before you
start this recipe make sure you put your
butter in the freezer which makes it
very very easy to grate in one tip here
is we do this every like quarter stick
or so just give this mixture a toss with
the fork so that all those little
particles of butter get coated and don’t
start sticking to each other is this
warms up and by the way if you want to
cut your butter in using one of those
wire pastry blenders go ahead but I
think this is actually faster and easier
so this is my preferred method plus if
someone walks in the kitchen as you’re
doing this do you have any idea how cool
looks to be grating butter but anyway
like I said we’ll go ahead and grate in
one and a half sticks making sure all
those shards are nicely coated in the
flour
alright so that technique is one reason
we’re calling this a ultimate crumble
and once that’s been accomplished we’ll
move on to more reasons so at this point
let’s go ahead and drizzle in a little
bit of pure vanilla extract as well as
two large egg yolks and for the record
most recipes just call for one but we’re
using two which according to my
calculations is twice as good and what
we’ll do is take a fork and mix this for
a couple minutes until that flour sort
of absorbs a very small amount of wet
ingredients and after a few minutes of
forking your mixture should look
something like this and it will have
almost but not quite
moisture to hold this together in clumps
which is why we’re gonna stop and add
the last ingredient a teaspoon or two of
apple cider vinegar and what we’ll do is
give that a very brief mixing with the
fork maybe 30 seconds or so before
switching to our hands where we’re gonna
finish mixing this by rubbing it between
our fingers all right so get in there
and get in deep and just keep rubbing
that stuff between your fingertips until
it seems like everything’s been combined
but more importantly if you squeeze some
of this in your hand
it will form a clump that stays together
and once we’ve reached that point
congratulations
our crumble is done so yes it’s a
shockingly small amount of moisture that
makes this happen which reminds me if
yours is not clumping you can add
another teaspoon of vinegar or a
teaspoon of water until it just starts
to clump together and then what we’ll do
once our crumble mixture is complete is
set that aside and move on to the second
component which will be our fresh mixed
berries and today I’m going to be using
three varieties including blueberries
raspberries or raspberries if you want
to be that person and then last but not
least we’ll do some blackberries and
then we’ll go ahead and flavor these up
with a little bit of lemon in two forms
we’ll do some freshly grated zest as
well as a couple teaspoons of the juice
and then even though it’s in the crumble
we’re also going to need a little touch
of sugar here as well I have some
cornstarch which is what’s gonna help
thicken up all those beautiful berry
juices and then last but not least we’ll
sprinkle in a little bit of no it’s not
cinnamon but that was a good guess that
was Cayenne but anyway once all that’s
in there we’ll take a spoon and give it
a mix oh and I should mention when it
comes to the cornstarch how much you add
depends on how tight or runny you want
your fruit filling or if you’re going
for something like a pie filling like
I’m doing here you’re gonna want to use
as much as I did but if you want
something looser and juicier and more
runny then you’ll simply cut the amount
of cornstarch down or leave it out all
together
and I will definitely touch on this in
the blog post and I should mention that
sugars gonna dry out a lot of liquid so
I generally like to do this step right
before I’m about to assemble this which
now that that’s all mixed up I’m ready
to do and how that’s going to start is
by transferring about half of our
crumble mixture into the bottom of our
baking dish
which can be any shape but it should be
at least 2 or 3 inches deep and be able
to fit about 2 quarts of contents and
what we’ll do after transferring in
about half of our crumble mixture is go
ahead and press it down using something
flat like this measuring cup and we’ll
want to go around and make sure that’s
compacted very well and since I am
hoping for my fruit mixture to come out
like a pie filling this is gonna act
like a bottom crust which is yet another
thing that makes us the ultimate crumble
so we’ll go ahead and place and press
1/2 our mixture at which point we can
transfer in our berries and we will even
those out and distribute them the best
we can and then what we’ll do once our
bottoms been buried now that was a
quality accidental double entendre
pardon my french but anyway once our
berries are in we will apply the rest of
the mixture to the top and what I’ll do
is place one big handful down as is and
nice small fine crumbs but as I work my
way through the rest I transition to a
technique called the old squeeze clump
and crumble which means when you grab a
handful of mixture squeeze it tight to
form a clump and then we break up that
clump which we refer to in the business
as the mother clump into smaller
irregular jagged pieces
alright so simply squeeze it in your
hand where it will compress together
which way you can break it up into as
large or small pieces as you want and
obviously how fine or coarse you make
your services up to you I mean you guys
are after all the Forrest Gump’s of
crumbling clumps but I would advise not
to make your crumbles too small in
uniform alright I really think it’s
going to have a better texture and
appearance if we have a wide variety of
crumble sizes so dude how you want but
what you see here is what I consider
ideal and basically that’s it once we’ve
completed our crumble scaping this is
ready to transfer into the center of a
375 degree oven for about 45 minutes or
so or until the top is beautifully
browned and hopefully looking a little
something like this
and above and beyond our browning
another sign you’re done is that the
berry syrup that forms as this bakes
will sort of bubble up here and there
through the surface that’s another great
indication it’s baked long enough at
this point if you want you could serve
but personally I recommend you let it
cool down a little bit at least until
it’s just warm or my personal preference
room temperature
so as impossible as it was I did lie
mindset for about a half hour before
serving some up which I am definitely
gonna accessorize with some vanilla ice
cream which if applied properly supposed
to have a beautifully smooth seductive
surface but since mind int I had no
choice but to add another scoop on top
and I went ahead and finished that off
with a sprig of chocolate mint which is
why that’s so dark and gorgeous and yes
in case you’re wondering it does smell
and taste a little bit like chocolate
and that’s it what I’m totally
accurately calling the ultimate berry
crumble is done so let me grab a fork
and dig in and we’ll get to the amazing
taste in a minute but first I want to
brag about the absolutely perfect ratio
between the fruit and the crumble
alright personally I’m a crumble guy
well we do need a certain amount of
fruit here since I’m not trying to eat a
cake but on the other hand I don’t want
to be eating a bowl of fruit with a
little bit of crumble on top so for me
the proportions between those two things
here we’re absolutely spot-on and as far
as the taste goes if there’s a better
bite than sweet tangy berries creamy
vanilla ice cream and a crispy buttery
crumble I’m not sure what that would be
but if you know please share because I
would really like to eat that so I
really was beyond thrilled with how this
came out and for something that’s so
easy to put together and relatively
inexpensive this very well may be my
favorite summer dessert and if you’re
going to one of those gatherings where
you’re supposed to bring something this
is probably what you should bring just
be sure to call ahead to make sure
there’s going to be some vanilla ice
cream but either way whether you’re
making this for others or to selfishly
enjoy by yourself which is certainly
nothing to be ashamed of I really do
hope you give this amazing fresh berry
crumble a try soon so head over to food
wishes calm for all the ingredient
amounts of more info as usual and as
always enjoy
you
you