Peach-Berry Gingersnap Crumble

Not that I need an excuse for a dinner party, but when Sofia mentioned a contest involving fresh, summer produce, I was even more pumped than usual. The blog Not Eating Out in New York challenged amateur chefs to choose from a list of fruit and veggies and come up with a creative dish.  Since sweets are my forte, I offered to contribute to dessert to our dinner get together. I surveyed the scene at the farmer’s market and decided on nectarines and blueberries. And since everything tastes better with butter and sugar, I decided to make the fruit into a crumble. The fruit was so sweet and juicy that only minimal sugar was needed to bring out the flavor.

Ingredients:

Fruit

  • 5 large nectarines, sliced
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

Topping

  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 8 finely ground gingersnap cookies
  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small dice
  • dash of salt

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place fruit in a glass pie plate and toss with sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice.
  • For topping, mix together flour, gingersnap crumbs, oats, sugar and ginger in a medium bowl. Add butter and rub into dry ingredients using your fingertips, until mixture resembles pea-sized clumps. Sprinkle mixture evenly over fruit.
  • Bake until fruit is tender and bubbling and topping is well browned, 20 to 30 minutes depending on oven temperature. Cool 10 minutes. Top with homemade whipped cream :)

Before we dug into dessert, I enjoyed the dishes prepared by my dining companions. Sofia whipped up a creative salad – a lettuce base topped with red quinoa, nectarines, and almonds browned in butter.

Leslie’s main dish really stole the show. The unlikely combination of eggplant, chickpeas, and plums melded together with middle-eastern spices. It was delicious!

All of this yummy food was the perfect fuel for the long run I has scheduled the next morning. Bright and early I met up with my Jersey homegirl for 15-ish miles in CP. After Thursday’s less-than-awesome workout I was a little nervous about how the leggies would feel, but a 6 mile recovery run and some ART on Friday helped me feel like a new woman. The beyooo-tiful weather (sunny and 70 degrees!) also helped. The first half of the run was probably around 9:00 pace, but Sarah and I dropped the pace for the last half. I still haven’t uploaded my Garmin info (sometimes technology scares me!), but we were definitely running under 8:00 pace for the last few miles. I was feelin’ tired by the end, but I think that’s to be expected considering the miles I logged this week. T-minus 2 months till the big day and I’m getting SO excited. Wheeeee!! The total for the day was 15.5 miles in 2:11 (~8:27 pace).

Today I ran an easy 4.5 miles bringing me to 65 miles for the week. If I could just get a little more sleep I think I would be golden.

I have a workout on tap for Monday a.m. and then a fun adventure planned for the rest of the week. Stay tuned!

Today marks the end of summer (sad face) – what are your plans for Labor Day? Viva la summer!

  • http://www.thehealthyeverythingtarian.com Holly

    holy shiz. yes. i need this cobbler in my life.

    and yayyyyyyyy for marathon! you’ve been such a running warrior as of late – i know it is going to pay off big time lady!!!

  • http://crunchygranolagal.wordpress.com crunchy granola gal

    i can say, as a consumer of this fresh farmer’s market crumble (with a dollop or two of homemade whipped cream on top), that it was super delectable, tangy and fresh.

    i love that you woke up the following morning after our little din-din party and ran fifteen miles, while i slept in until 2. oh how i’ve changed!

  • http://www.eating-for-england.com/ Angharad

    Erm, what?! I thought summer ended on September 22! None of this summer is over business please!
    Labor Day plans are minimal – I need to find something fun to do stat. As for that crumble: epic.

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  • http://frontyardfoodie.com Diana @ frontyardfoodie

    Okay my hubs and I were talking about how Labor day is like the last day of summer and he checked out the actual calendar last day of summer and it’s the 22nd of September at 11:09pm CST. Isn’t that random?

  • http://thewholeplate.com leslie

    i figure summer isn’t over until i have to put boots on. that should give us three weeks, at least.

    i will second sofia’s comment that this was a delectable dessert, and the leftovers didn’t last long! we will have to all cook together again, as we clearly are all blessed with good kitchen skills. we’ll have to fit it in amongst our other shenanigans, of course! :)

  • http://redheadroadrunner.wordpress.com Elizabeth

    You will be receiving a bill for my drool-soaked keyboard! That crumble looks UNSTOPPABLE!
    My labor day plans are double running day, grocery shopping and a rooftop potluck at a food co-op with some foodie friends and my lovely roommate. Love your blog, please stop by mine sometime, You were definitely my inspiration for writing! Happy Trails!!

  • http://mealsformiles.wordpress.com/ Kelly

    That looks amazing – way to take advantage of delicious farmer’s market stuff!

    Blah – I spent my Labor Day on the Bolt Bus, but that’s ok b/c the rest of the weekend was full of Boston/NH fun :)

    Nice mileage this week – wish I could have run with you guys on Sat! (2 months ahh)

  • http://washingtonranhere.wordpress.com sarah

    You might have been working hard at the end, but you couldn’t tell – I think I might be close to excited as you are to see how you can run at the INGNYCM. Woo!

    By the way – hit up one on your checklist Saturday night. One huge slice of Artichoke pizza later, I was a happy gal.

  • http://greensandjeans.wordpress.com Madeline – Greens and Jeans

    That crumble? Yes please! Can you bring some down to Arizona for me to inhale after my last 20 miler this weekend?

  • http://twentysixandthensome.com Page

    It may only be 7:45 here, but I seriously want that crumble NOW! Delish!

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