We've all had those disappointing fruit moments. You go to the grocery store, excited to pick out some new produce. Hey, there's a sale on blueberries! And look! I haven't seen apricots for months! You take them home, wash them, and ... you are reminded that apricots don't really come into season until mid-summer. And it's April.
But life gives us these wonderful opportunities so we can bake more often. At least that's what I like to think. Here is what I did with my disappointing, sour, somewhat off-texture fruit. The whole process took me about 5 minutes.
Step one: chuck fruit in a pan. More specifically, wash and slice it, and spread on the bottom of an 8 by 8 pan. I used a disappointing apple, 2 disappointing apricots, and a pint of weird blueberries. Stay with me now, people. It gets better. I sprinkled the fruit with a couple of tablespoons of brown sugar:
In a bowl, I mixed up 1/2 c. brown sugar, 1/4 c. whole wheat flour, 1/4 c. quick oats, 1 tsp. cinnamon, and a pinch of salt.
I took 1/3 c. of Earth Balance spread (you can use butter, but we have this stuff in our house and it's a great dairy free alternative). I used a fork to cut the butter (y spread) into the dry ingredients, leaving some larger lumps:
I sprinkled the topping over the fruit, and I baked it at 350 for 25 minutes.
Behold! The fruit is now delicious! Not disappointing at all! I don't know what you like, but I thought it needed a little scoop of caramel ice cream on top:
But seriously, the baking process really drew out all the wonderful fruit flavors. The blueberries were juicy and sweet, the apricot tasted apricot-y, and the apple was tender and delicious. Try this with any combination of fruit that you like!
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