Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Strawberry crumble squares

Till a few years back sourcing strawberries was a difficult task so whatever little we could source , we enjoyed them raw. Now with their availability in abundance , I thought of using them in baking. 
While googling one day I came across this recipe for blueberry crumb bars and that's when I decided to try it with strawberries as I didn't have blueberries . I have made a few changes in the recipe. I have not used the egg. Replaced margarine with butter , added almond meal to flour and topped it with almond flakes. Last but  not the least reduced the quantity proportionately to suit my needs.

250 gms.
2 tsp
Butter cubed.
80 gms
Brown sugar
60 gms
Salt  a pinch

Lemon  zest  of
one lemon
Castor sugar
50 Gms
Castor sugar
50 Gms
150 gms
Almond meal
25 gms
Baking pd
1/4 + 1/8 tsp
Almond flakes
25 gms
250 gms.

Method :
1.       Wash and dry strawberries on a clean kitchen towel.
2.       Cut them into 4.
3.       Sprinkle castor sugar and cornstarch on them and mix lightly.
4.       Keep them aside.
5.       Mix flour,  baking powder and butter using your finger tips, till it looks like  coarse bread crumbs
6.       Add sugar , salt , lemon zest and almond meal.
7.       Mix well, the crumble is now ready.
8.       Grease and line a dish measuring ( l,b,h) 9,5,2 inches.
9.       Spread  half of  the crumble mix  in the prepared dish.
10.   Place strawberries along with their juice over this mix.
11.   Cover the strawberries with the remaining crumble mix.
12.   Sprinkle almond flakes on top.
13.   Bake in a preheated oven at 190 deg. Celsius for  35 to 40 min. Or till top is slightly brown.
14.   Let it cool completely. Refrigerate for a few hours . Cut into squares.