Friday, 9 November 2012

Ruby Red Amaretti Crumble

Quite a fancy name for a crumble, but then it is a Nigella recipe and she is famed for her choices of phrase: chocolate digestives are crushed ‘until they look like dark Mexican mud’, chocolate cake is ‘a confection to exult in, not to regret’ and about peanut butter she says ‘Why, I feel the urge to just rub it all over my body!’ So in retrospect, she went pretty easy on this dish. Plus, this is so good it deserves a glamorous title. In essence, its a Plum, Orange and Amaretti Crumble but its probably the best crumble I’ve ever tried. Apple Crumble is good, the deep purple of Apple and Blackberry even better. Peach is nice in the summer and Pineapple for something a little bit different. But trust me, none are as good as this!DSC_0214The changes that make it stand out are small but effective. The plums are cooked lightly first in a bit of sugar, orange juice and zest to give it a little brightness, make the whole thing smell gorgeous and infuse it with orange. Crushed amaretti crumbs are sprinkled over the plums once they’re in the dish, and then a whole heap more are stirred into the crumble mixture. The combination works so well and smells absolutely intoxicating! We made another one for a friend shortly after ours was all gone, and it proved very tricky to give it away without diving in. With heaps of cream, a rainy evening and the finale of Downton Abbey this crumble made the perfect Sunday night. You can find the recipe here (as well as watch Nigella make it in her classic style) – try it and you might become like my family, planning to add amaretti to every single crumble in the future. Enjoy!DSC_0225

12 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

I love crumbles and make sure to eat at least one a week... ;-P

This one looks wonderful! Nigella's recipes are always great.

Cheers,

Rosa

Dewi said...

Fruit crumble is always very inviting and the best part is I can eat it warm in cold weather.

Patty said...

I love fruit crumbles! I'm a big fan of Nigella too;-)
Nice to find your blog through faith's book launch;-)

La Table De Nana said...

Love the orange and amaretti twist:-)

Heidi @ Food Doodles said...

Wow, this looks so good. I love fruit crumbles but you had me at amaretti. Mmm!

profiterolesandponytails said...

You clearly know your crumbles -- so if you say it is the best ever then I'm going to have to try it. I absolutely adore amaretti cookies and so I'm certain that they would take an crumble right over the top. Good thing plums are still in season...

Cass @foodmyfriend said...

My Mum got to interview Nigella a few weeks ago. She is such an amazing woman! Your crumble looks delicious. I would love to put a big dollop of the vanilla bean ice cream I'm making right on top!

Zoe said...

I'm big fan of Nigella and love her writing and recipes.

This crumble looks wonderful!

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

I do love the name of your crumble! I always love plums when they are baked and this combination sounds really delicious!

Amy said...

I love crumbles! Nothing beat a warm bowl of bubbly fruit with a crunch topping. :)

erin @ yummy supper said...

Lucy, This crumble looks so yum! The amaretti topping is calling my name.
-E

Dordogne Holiday Cottages said...

I do lots of variations on crumbles but this sounds very moreish - will definitely try it! Glad to have come across your blog via Maison Grillou & will certainly be browsing through it more when I have time!!
Elena