The topping is a bit like if a sugar cookie mated with a biscuit. It's delicious. It soaks up the juices but still stays firm, even after a couple of days in the fridge.
Step 1: Ingredients
- 1/4-1/2 cup white sugar (depends on your preference and the sweetness of the fruit - I use more for apples, for example, and less for strawberries)
- 3-4 cups diced fruit (apples, plums, pears, berries of all kinds)
- 1/4-1/2 tsp desired spice - cinnamon and cardamom go well with most fruit
- up to 2 tbsp cornstarch (the juicier a fruit is, the more you use. using 2 tbs all the time is not a bad idea. :D)
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup cold butter, cut into cubes
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/2 tsp of vanilla, optional
Step 2: Choose and cut up your fruit!
Try to get a minimum of 3 cups of fruit, though 4 cups is better because it'll cook down a bit!
Use any mixture you like - this time I'm using strawberries, blackberries and apples. Apples are a great filler and go well with most anything, so if you're low on something else, chuck in an apple. :D
Fruits that work well:
- plums (soooo good, even when they're not quite ripe!)
- berries of any kind
Step 3: Coat the fruit with cornstarch and sugar
Put your fruit in the pan you'll be baking in, put in the amount of sugar and cornstarch you want, and mix well your your hands until everything is wet. You don't want any sugar or cornstarch sitting on the bottom of the pan dry and lonely.
Step 4: Preheat and assemble the crust.
In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt with a fork. Then put in the butter cubes and cut them into the flour with your fork. This will take a couple minutes, and when it's done, the mixture should look nice and crumbly like in the fourth photo. You want all the butter to be broken down and coated in flour.
Then, beat an egg and add it in along with your milk.
Stir the mixture together until just combined and you have no dry ingredients floating around.
Step 5: Apply the crust!!
Don't try to smooth it out or cover every inch, just wing it. :) All those little cracks and crevices will allow the fruit juices to mingle with everything.
Step 6: Bake!
Let it cool for a few minutes before serving as the fruit juices will be very very very hot. Like fruit lava.
If you've used enough cornstarch, the juices will not be runny but jellied like in the picture, which is just what you want!