This week brought us in the Northern Hemisphere the first day of Autumn. It also brought Smedette her first day of school.
After being away from the world of academia for a decade, I have ventured back into its seemingly inviting embrace.
I’m looking to upgrade a current credential/degree and set myself on a path for even more education (and debt). I’ve missed using my brain.
I admit, I feel overwhelmed right now. I have forgotten how to be a student, how to appropriately manage my time, but maybe that is just seeing a stack of syllabi and realizing this is for real now.
So, I did what any reasonable adult would do and baked. Sure, I probably should have been reading, but I really feel my nerves were but to better use by peeling and chopping fruit.
Mixed Fruit Crumble
- In a mixing bowl, peel and chop enough fruit to fill the entire bottom and half the volume of baking dish of your choice. Stick with pears, apples and stone fruit (peaches, nectarines, plums, etc).
- Sprinkle the chopped fruit with lemon juice (like from half a lemon, more if you want…as you can tell, this is going to be very free-form) and freshly grated ginger (how much? I don’t know, use your nose. You will know when it’s enough). Drizzle a bunch of honey over everything, mix and pour into your baking dish.
- In the same bowl, add some quick-cooking oats (for a 9×13 baking dish, I probably used two cups), healthy sprinkle of cinnamon, handful or so of chopped nuts; mix well. Feel free to toss in any other spices: nutmeg, cloves, additional ginger, etc. Add a few tablespoons of melted butter and mix. There will be dry bits and wet clumps; this is fine. Do not drown the thing in butter. Pour over the fruit.
- Bake at 375F until golden brown; this could be 30+ minutes.
- Eat to avoid math homework.