When it comes to being zero waste in the kitchen it is essential to reduce food waste; an estimated third of all food produced globally is lost or goes to waste, which is a horrifying thought. So, in order to help you out with ideas of what to do with fruit bought in bulk when it’s in season here is my go to recipe: Fruit Crumble.
It is super easy to do and can be made with any kind of fruit that you like baked, so far we have tried apple and pear crumble. These aren’t typical fruits found in Indonesia but we happened to have some given to us after a temple ceremony, so we made the most of it.
This recipe is originally from my aunt in California, we always bake together and she has always passed on family recipes to me (and I love her for that), nevertheless I have adapted this one to be gluten free and vegan. The original recipe calls for wheat flour and butter, but I have substituted them for oat flour and coconut oil (which is easier to find here in Indonesia, adds a very interesting flavour and happens to be vegan).
- 3 to 4 pears or apples
- ¾ cups brown sugar
- ¾ cups oats
- ½ cup oat flour
- ¼ to ⅓ coconut oil (the quantity might vary depending on the country’s weather)
- Cut the pears into same size cubes (you can peel them or not).
- Put the fruit in a glass or cast iron baking pan.
- Mix in a bowl the rest of the ingredients, add the oil gradually until it has a crumble texture.
- Cover the fruit with the crumble mixture, don’t press it.
- Cook in the oven for about 20 minutes, until the crumble look toasty, bake the fruit to taste (we personally like it to be more on the crunchy side and therefore undercook it).
And bon appétit, enjoy with our Lintang cutlery made of 100% coconut wood.
Feel free to try out any other fruit you can think of and let us know how it went.