Cherry-Apricot Crumble

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Cherry-Apricot Crumble
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Prep Time 25min Cook Time 45min

The thing is, crumble is even better than pie. And I say this as a person who really loves pie. The fruit is so insanely gorgeous--at all turns a mix of bright orange and deep red--and it goes so beautifully with that meltingly crisp, brown-sugary crumb topping.

What you'll need

  • FILLING
  • 2 pounds of apricots
  • 1 pound of cherries
  • 1/4 cup (scant) flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • TOPPING
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) cold salted butter, cut into small pieces
Helpful Tip:

When cherry and apricots aren't in season, you can make it with peaches and blueberries, though you'll want to increase the flour and sugar a bit to compensate for juiciness and tartness.

Notes:

Yields 4-8, depending

How to make it

  1. Heat the oven to 400. Halve the apricots, pit them, then halve them again into quarters (or, if they're not super-ripe, slice them up a bit more). Pit the cherries. Combine the fruit with 1/4 cup flour and 1/3 cup sugar in a bowl, then tip it into a baking dish. (Don't fret if there's some dry flour and sugar kicking around--it will all dissolve as it cooks.)

  2. Make the topping: Combine the flour, brown sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl, then add the butter and work it in with your fingers: first toss to coat it with the flour mixture, then take off your rings and use your fingertips to rub the butter into the dry ingredients. This is a messy but not unpleasant job: you'll be lifting handfuls of the mixture up out of the bowl, then gently letting it fall through your fingertips as you rub it lightly together. Eventually, you'll have a bowl full of clumpy lumpy crumble topping.

  3. Crumble the, er, crumble over the, uh, crumble, then bake it in the oven for 40-45 minutes until it is browned and bubbling. Serve hot, warm, room temperature, or cold with ice cream or whipped cream.

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