I personally don’t cook with strawberries. A bland strawberry doesn’t add much to the taste of anything, just my humble opinion. Maybe it is the bland strawberries we get here. There might be strawberry lovers out there who will be up in arms at this remark. Having said that, strawberry in a crumble as created by Nigella, now that’s something else. Strawberries topped with a crunchy topping baked till golden makes a delicious treat. The strawberries cook to a soft sweet mess mixing with the crunchy almonds to create a taste sensation.
500 g strawberries( 2 x punnets)
50 g caster sugar
25 g almond meal or ground almonds
4 tsp vanilla extract
110 g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
75g cold butter, diced
100g flaked almonds
75g Demerara sugar
pie dish 21 cm
Preheat oven to 200C
Place washed and hulled strawberries into the pie dish and sprinkle the sugar, almonds and vanilla giving it a shake to mix well.
Mix the flour and baking powder and rub in the cold diced butter between fingers till it ends up looking like oatmeal. Stir in the flaked almonds and sugar. Pour this over the strawberries in an even layer pressing the edges down a bit.
Place dish on a baking sheet or tray and bake for half an hour.Stand 10 minutes before serving with heavy cream or ice cream.It tastes great by itself too!
Can be assembled a day ahead and stored covered in the fridge. Allow extra ten minutes baking time.
Recipe source: Nigella Lawson’s Kitchen