Pies are fun. They really are. I like making them and I like eating them. But good grief sometimes they’re just a hassle. Making two crusts and chilling them and trying to keep the bottom crust from getting soggy. Then rolling and crimping and egg washing. Much easier to just dump some oats on top of your fruit and call it a day.
In fact, if you don’t make a crumble this summer, you’re wrong.
Buy a bunch of stone fruits. Chop them up and cover them with oats and throw them in the oven. Fire up the grill. Set the table outside. Scoop too big servings of crumble. Serve with vanilla ice cream.
That last one is mandatory. Just FYI.
What you’re going to do is toss together some sliced plums (or other stone fruit of your choice) in a pie plate– no need to dirty an extra bowl. Add some sugar for a bit of sweetness, lemon and cinnamon for flavor, and cornstarch to thicken things up so your filling isn’t runny. Top it all with a mix of oats, walnuts, and honey. It’s like pie…except a whole heck of a lot easier.
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