Crumbles, cobblers and pies are the perfect way to utilize all that great summer fruit for a tasty, seasonal dessert. I’ve always found crumbles to be the most difficult to pull off, and I’ve certainly had my share that have turned out mediocre, so I’ve put together a few of my favorite tips to produce a perfect summer crumble every time. If you have a special tip please send it our way!
Keep cool: That is, keep your butter cool! When making your crumble topping make sure you are using super cold butter. You can even cut the butter into pieces ahead of time, and put it into the freezer for 20 minutes to ensure its very cold. If you are making a pareve crumble I recommend using half margarine and half crisco, but these should still be as cold as possible.
Use your fingers! Forget the food processor, pastry cutter or even a knife. The best tool you have to make a perfect crumbly topping are your fingers. Mix the sugar, flour and cold butter together using the tips of your fingers until you have pea sized course crumble and don’t overmix!
Don’t forget the citrus: Just because your recipe doesn’t call for lemon juice doesn’t mean it won’t benefit from a splash. Add a few Tbsp of fresh lemon juice and lemon zest to the fruit and sugar mixture to brighten and intensify the fruit flavor. I promise you’ll love this tiny step.
Forget perfect...A crumble is supposed to be a homey, rustic dessert. So don’t stress about cutting the fruit into perfect squares or making sure every inch is covered in crumble. It is supposed to look homemade!
…but don’t forget the ice cream! Even if you’re making a pareve crumble, serve with some almond milk or soy ice cream for a perfect summertime treat.
The summer heat has only just begun and we’re already experiencing some soaring temperatures! When it’s hot like the past few weeks have been (at least here in the Northeast!) the only thing I want to do is sit in the AC and sip something cool. Here are a few of my favorite drinks to enjoy on hot summer days.
I had Cardamom iced coffee for the first time last summer at Hampton Chutney Co which has a few locations in New York, and since then I have not been able to get enough! The cardamom is a strong flavor and not for everyone, but if you’re looking for something new go ahead and give it a try. The Food Yenta has her own guide to making this treat, a perfect way to add some excitement to your morning, or afternoon, coffee.
Watermelon is perhaps the most refreshing treat on a hot summer day – sweet and hydrating, I can’t think of anything better! Except perhaps a cool drink like this Watermelon Strawberry Agua Fresca from Food and Wine magazine.
2 quarts water
3 Tbsp dried hibiscus leaves
1/2 lemon, sliced
1/2 orange, sliced
1/4 cup simple syrup
Bring water to a boil and turn off heat. Add hibiscus leaves and let steep for 20 minutes.
In a large container or pitcher add simple syrup, citrus slices and orange slices.
Pour water through fine mesh strainer into container or pitcher. *Note: if using a glass pitcher, add a large metal spoon before pouring hot water to ensure the glass doesn't break.
Pour tea over ice and serve with fresh mint and lemon slices.
I don’t know about you, but after indulging in hot dogs, potato salad and other fattening goodies I need to detox for a few days. This week’s Shabbat recipe round up is chocked full of fruits and veggies to give your bloated belly a bit of a reprieve.
Eleven Madison Park is currently recognized as the best restaurant in Manhattan, and Food 52 has the restaurant’s recipe for Strawberry Gazpacho – a fun and seasonal twist on the traditional Spanish cold tomato soup.
Yes, yes veggie skewers are an easy and pretty way to serve some extra vegetables for a dinner or party. But these Lemon Pesto Vegetable Skewers from The Shiksa are truly a step above – packed with fresh flavor from lemon and herb pesto.
I love fennel particularly for its refreshing, distinctive flavor. If you also love fennel then this recipe for Roasted Fennel with Tomatoes will make a perfect easy side dish.
Chicken thighs are underrated for their flavor and versatility not to mention affordability! For an easy and flavorful main dish try this Roasted Chicken Thighs with Artichoke Panzanella.
Shabbat Shalom and happy cooking!
I love summer cookouts, but at some point this summer I will get sick of the usual burgers and hot dogs and crave something a little more interesting on the grill. Not to mention the lack of fruits and vegetables found at your typical summer barbecue.
I’ve been keeping my eyes peeled for some grilled dishes featuring fruits and veggies and I’ve put together some of the standouts:
While Paula Deen is not best known for her healthful recipes, this Grilled Radicchio and Walnut Salad is a real winner and a great side for any grilling party.
I love grilled peaches, especially as a simple dessert served with fresh whipped cream. But I had never seen a recipe quite like The Food Yente’s Grilled Peach Salsa which would make a great appetizer served with tortilla chips, or would also be delicious served over grilled chicken or salmon.
Guacamole is a crowd-pleasing starter, but try changing it up by grilling your avocado with these Grilled Avocado Toasts from Martha Stewart – you will wonder why its taken you so long to try it!
I must give credit where credit is due, and my husband’s roasted (or grilled) corn salad is one of his best dishes. While this dish is best made while fresh corn is in season, you can make this side dish all year round using canned corn as well.
4 ears of corn
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp pepper
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
2 avocados, diced
juice and zest from one lemon
4 Tbsp olive oil
1 bunch cilantro
salt and pepper to taste
Shuck the corn and drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Cook on a hot grilled until slightly charred on all sides around 5 minutes.
Remove the corn kernals from the cob.
In a large bowl mix together corn, tomatoes and avocado. In a separate bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice and zest, cilantro, salt and pepper.
Add dressing over corn mixture and toss together.