I love baking, but I take for granted the fact that if I want to make French macarons, I have some almond flour in the freezer and a Kitchen Aid (my cherished and overused Christmas present from my grandparents) to whip up a meringue in 3 minutes.
However, even in my family’s Cape Cod beach shack, everyone still wants something warm to eat with a scoop of melting vanilla ice cream after dinner.
So here is my favorite beach-shack-friendly, no-measuring-cups-necessary fruit cobbler recipe, which I’ve stolen from my dad, and which always tastes good, even if it comes out like a glorious, fruity sludge.
A baking dish (Pyrex, or whatever you can find)
Enough fruit to fill the dish. (I know you have some peaches sitting around somewhere, it’s August).
Usually for me, this is the equivalent of about six large peaches. I find that a combination of stone fruits and berries works best for this recipe. They hold firm, but still give enough juice for a syrup, which goes perfectly with your ice cream in the end.
Cut all of the fruit into thick slices (peaches into 8, cherries in half, berries just throw in).
Place, throw, smush (however you like it) fruit in the dish leaving enough room for crumble on top.
Put in the oven at 350 degrees and cook for 20 minutes, or until fruit is no longer crisp.
Two handfuls of all-purpose flour
Three handfuls of light brown sugar
A stick of butter
A healthy dash of salt (about two teaspoons)
Just stick to this ratio and make any amount you like. You can also get fancy with spices here.
While the fruit is cooking, mix this all in a bowl with a fork.
Take the fruit out of the oven.
Before you’re ready to eat dessert (probably just before you sit down to dinner), arrange the crumble on top of the fruit and pop back in the oven at 350. Bake until the top is brown and crispy.
Serve with a spoon and a scoop of vanilla ice cream that you drove down to the general store (in your bikini and with your mother in the passenger seat because you have learner permit restrictions) to grab, after forgetting it at the supermarket.