Strawberries are my favorite fruit of all time. During the summer in Ireland home-grown strawberries can be bought in an abundance at local farmers markets and pickers sell their own on the road side and in towns from trailers. For many Irish people the sign that summer has arrived is when the strawberry sellers start cropping up all over the country roads. In the Sunny South East we are spoiled by the annual crop from the Wexford Strawberry pickers each year. When my sister came home to visit us today complete with a huge punnet of strawberries I jumped at the chance to make one of my favorite summer time desserts, Strawberry Crumble Slices.
These slices are a twist on the classic apple crumble and are slightly more appropriate for hot summer weather over their comforting but stodgy counterpart. The sponge base acts as a great cement to hold the crumble together and make it more cake like. I love to mix porridge oats in with my standard crumble mix to give it a nice crunch and bite.
Ingredients: Mary Berry’s Basic Sponge Tray Bake
225g Butter, softened 225g Caster Sugar
275g Self-Raising Flour 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
4 Eggs 4 Tablespoons of Milk
I have tried and tested many basic sponge recipes over the years and I have found Mary Berry’s Basic Sponge Tray Bake recipe to be the absolute best. You simply land all your ingredients into your mixer and whisk! At first I was skeptical about the large amount of eggs she uses but it works an absolute treat!
Once the sponge mixture is whisked together I turn it onto a large baking tray lined with grease proof paper. No matter what type of cake I make I always line my trays and tins with grease proof paper over simply greasing them because it makes life so much easier when it comes to turning out the cake!
Ingredients: Lalaflutterby’s Oaty Crumble Recipe
150g Plain Flour 150g Golden Caster Sugar
175g Cold Butter 100-150g Porridge Oats (depending on how crunchy you like it!)
Now place all the sliced up strawberries on top of the sponge until it is completely covered. The final step before placing the cake into the over to bake is to cover the sponge mixture and strawberries with the crumble. I alternate between placing on the crumble mixture and also some plain oats that are not rubbed into the mixture to really add texture to the topping. Once you are happy with your cake place it into a warmed oven to bake at 180 Degrees Celsius for between 35 and 40 minutes.
Once the Crumble is baked allow it to cool and then slice up and serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream!
In the words of my mammy and sister this was one of the nicest things I have made in a long time and I have to agree with them! It was so light and yummy with the crumble providing a nice crunchy texture, Strawberry Crumble Slices are most certainly a firm favorite in the Nash household after today!
I hope you have enjoyed this post and will try this recipe out yourself,