How was it for you?
Or, as it is otherwise known, Blue Monday.
Yep, boffins got together and undertook some nifty calculations, which I would summerise as follows, in the What Kate Baked Classroom:
They declared the third Monday in January as the most depressing day of the year.
While this has roundly been declared pseudoscience, I reckon its a fine excuse to indulge in some comforting, cheering food. At least that's what I told myself yesterday when I had the King Size Bounty.
Both of them.
This crumble I've been storing up to post since Christmas, thinking it would be an antidote to yesterday's gloom. And, because it would be using up any leftover mincemeat you may have lurking at the back of the cupboard, I've entered into Fuss Free Flavour's Frugal Food Fridays.
Pear and Apple Mincemeat Crumble
125g plain flour
125g unsalted butter, diced
100g light brown sugar
75g light muscovado sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
Zest of two lemons and juice of one
4 eating apples, peeled, cored and cut into small chunks
4 pears, peeled, cored and cut into small chunks
4 tbsp mincemeat
1. Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan/Gas Mark 6
2. To make the crumble rub together the butter and 125g of the flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs
3. Stir in 125g of the sugar (reserving 50g of the light brown sugar), the cinnamon and half the lemon zest
4. Pop the fruit in a shallow, oven proof dish, add the mincemeat, the remaining sugar, 1 tbsp of the flour, the lemon juice and remaining zest. Stir well
5. Sprinkle the crumble mixture on the fruit and bake for 45 minutes until the fruit is bubbling nicely and the crumble golden
- Super-tasty warm from the oven and served with cream or ice cream
- Can I christen today Cheer-up-Tuesday?