Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Peach Crumble vs. My Nemesis


You know how sometimes, you have crazy, inexplicable food cravings?  Not the ice cream and pickles kind.  I have not had the "pleasure" of encountering those yet, much to the chagrin of my mom and mother-in-law.  I mean, the kind that are triggered when you see a picture on a food blog or even when you read a recipe that doesn't have pictures.  And then for days afterward, all you can think about is making that recipe.  You see someone's red patent heels and your mind immediately jumps to bright red cherries in a divine cherry pie.  You hear someone's British accent and all of a sudden, you stop listening to what they're saying because you're contemplating the perfect Shepherd's Pie.  Well you should know those food cravings are about a million times more intense during Ramadan.  I mean, you can't eat all day so what do you do?  Think about food.  All day.  It's a perverse pleasure, I know.

A few days ago, I saw a recipe for peach crumble.  And for every second after that fleeting glimpse on the internet,  I thought about peach crumble.  So I brazenly tweeted, "Gonna' make myself some peach crumble tonight.  'Cause I'm fasting, and darn it, I deserve it."  It didn't matter that we didn't have any peaches.  Oh, and we'd run out of butter, after my foray into brown butter territory (or in my case, burned butter territory).  Ok, it did matter a bit since well, peach crumble needs peaches.  And butter.


So that night, I dragged the hubster to the nearest 24-hour grocery store.  While wearing my SpongeBob SquarePants pajama bottoms.  And as I was feeling up the peaches in the produce section, I ran into HER.  My nemesis.  See, my nemesis is this perfectly coiffed, Heidi Klum look alike.  I seem to run into her at the most inopportune moments.  Like the time I was talking to myself in the aisles of Barnes & Noble.  Or the time I was freaking out at Starbucks because they gave me vanilla scented coffee.  I mean really, vanilla scented?  I'm planning on drinking this coffee pal, not taking a bubble bath in it.


So there she is, wearing five-inch Christian Louboutins, looking like she's just come back from Palm Springs, at 10 p.m. at the friggin' grocery store.  And what does she say?  "Oh, are you buying peaches?"  No, I'm climbing Machu Picchu, Einstein.  I bit the inside of my lip and grinned, forcing myself to not say that out loud. Yup, for a peach crumble, I said with my crazy grin.  "Peach crumbles make you fat," she said and flounced away.  I resisted the urge to pitch a peach at the back of her head.  Instead, I took a deep breath and finished selecting my peaches.  Then, I stealthily walked to the refrigerated aisle, humming the Mission Impossible theme song under my breath and successfully avoiding the Nemesis.  I grabbed my butter and paid for my purchase in a covert operation that would've made the CIA proud.


Then, I went home and made my peach crumble.  I ate two ramekins of the most delicious, comforting dessert ever.  Because I was fasting and I deserved it.  And because I'm sure I'll run into my Nemesis again and I gotta bulk up in case I need to take her on.



Peach Crumble


Yield: 8 ramekin servings

For the peaches:
3 tbsp lightly packed brown sugar
1 1/2 tbsp all-purpose flour
healthy dash of pumpkin spice
dash of lemon juice
5 peaches, peeled and cut

For the topping:
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1 egg, beaten well
7 tbsp unsalted butter, melted


Position a rack in the center of your oven, and preheat the oven to 375°F.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the seasoning for the peaches: the brown sugar, flour, and pumpkin pie spice.  The original recipe calls for 2 tbsp. sugar but my peaches didn't seem that ripe so I bumped up the sugar.  Also, the original recipe calls for cinnamon and crystallized ginger which I substituted with pumpkin pie spice.  Add the peaches and lemon juice, and gently stir to coat. Arrange peaches in individual ramikins (or pie plate if you trust yourself with an entire pie plate of peach crumble).

In another medium bowl, combine the dry ingredients for the topping: the granulated sugar, flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, and salt. Whisk to blend well. Add the egg. Using your hands, mix thoroughly, squeezing and tossing and pinching handfuls of the mixture, to produce moist little particles. Sprinkle evenly over the peaches.

Spoon the butter evenly over the topping, and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the top is browned and the peaches yield easily when pricked with toothpick. Cool.

Serve crumble warm or at room temperature, with vanilla ice cream, crème fraîche, thick yogurt, or unsweetened whipped cream.


Adapted from Orangette and The Kitchen.

61 comments :

Pam said...

Yeah, I know all about those cravings and right now I'm craving this great dessert. Actually, it would be great for breakfast right now! Funny story with your Nemesis! You go girl!

cookie said...

so true. I get totally obsessed with dishes and can't get them out of my mind until they are on my plate!

An Open Book said...

ah the nemesis...i too come across ppl liek taht and actually wudnt evens ay anything but bitch abt it later on and fret as to why the hell i just didnt say something bak...
the crumble looks gorgeous and of course u deserved it... :)

A SPICY PERSPECTIVE said...

I think we all obsess a little or we wouldn't be blogging, cooking and reading about food all the time!

The crumble looks lovely!

The Cilantropist said...

HAHA, loved this post! I think we all have that one gal that is our Nemesis, and yes, I also know what that feels like to run into her when you are feeling/looking your worst or just not perfect (like she always seems to be). But anyway, you got to eat a peach crumble and she didnt. I think the winner here is clear. ;)

Val said...

The Nemesis! We must all have one who catches us in our pj's at the grocery store at 10pm.

Thank heavens for peach crumble.

Nesrine said...

Nice one! should give it a try.

sara @ CaffeIna said...

Looking at food pics is like going to the groceries: never do that on an empty stomach! At least your cravings went for something doable and not for a ten layers cake :) the cobbler looks so yummy...thank god I just had breakfast

Mo said...

This was a hilarious and thoroughly entertaining post. XD The peach crumble looks delicious, and you can just be content with the fact that your nemesis never gets to enjoy such delicacies. ;)

lequan@luvtoeat said...

Azmina, that peach crumble looks and sounds delicious! I'd have that for breakfast if I could even.

Ok, I love that you have Sponge Bob Square Pants PJs! If we ever bumped into each other in a grocery store, you would be my nemesis (I mean that in the best way possible) cause 1. I'm not nearly anywhere close to being as awesome a cook and baker as you, 2. my kiddies would abandon my heart patterned PJs and would want to follow you and Sponge Bob home instead, 3. the only song I'd be humming is one that tortures me all day (D D D Dora, D D D Dora, Swiper no swiping, swiper no swiping, Dora the explorer!), and 4. I wouldn't even know how to pick good peaches. Have a great day Azmina :-D

Pure Mama said...

yeah, and just why is it that you run into the people you don't want to see when you look your worst? Like the Nemesis, or an ex boyfriend... so frustrating! But I bet this dessert made up for it! It looks delicious, great job :) My current 'craving' is falafel... can't get enough!

whatsfordinneracrossstatelines said...

Cute story, I thought your Nemesis would be ice cream! I know me and it are constantly at war! The peach crumble looks delish too!
-Gina-

Healthy Mamma said...

Oh my gosh, I was laughing out loud like an idiot the whole time I was reading this! Hah-larious! Miss thing obviously doesn't have a clue or a sense of humor and probly sleeps with her stilletos. ;-) Boys like girls who can cook a kick ass peach crumble!
* I'm stll laughing about the whole vanilla coffee thing......

oc2seattle said...

I can just picture the nemesis - too funny! But really, if she can't allow herself to enjoy something as delicious as a peach cobbler, maybe we should just feel sorry for her ;)

Subterfuge Diva said...

Between Louboutins and Spongebob Squarepants PJ bottoms, I'd choose Spongebob anytime. Especially if a peach crumble was at stake! L-O-freaking-L, this is a funny story, Azmina... And your recipe and pictures have started ME craving for a crumble! Any type of fruit!

~Lisa~ said...

keke. I would of side kicked her one haha. And did you receive your MIL's camera? I think you did (= I hope you're hanging in there. And peach cobbler doesn't make you fat...it makes you happy and that nemesis is just angry because she hasn't eaten in years, and she's not even fasting haha. She probably broke one of her $800 Loubs walking out of the store keke.

Amy said...

Hilarious!

And I totally understand those cravings! I've actually been craving benghan bhartha (sp?) for the last couple of weeks after spotting a blog post. Never made it, but always order it. I'm psyching myself up to make it when my husband gets back from his business trip.

Crumbles are great because they're easy to make! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

We Are Not Martha said...

Haha! Peach crumble also makes you happy. So there! I love that you were wearing Spongebob PJ pants! The peach crumble looks delicious!

Sues

Sonia said...

ohmigosh...that looks so good!
I can't make it... I don't trust myself not to eat the entire recipe!! I will just ogle your pictures and pretend :)

PS- Do you have a vegetable biryani recipe?? I want to make it, but I don't trust a random internet recipe...

Jennifurla said...

Great crumbles, your story has me LOL

Priscilla - She's Cookin' said...

Hahaha, bulk up baby! Crisps and crumbles are my favorites - reminds me of the lunch ladies in the school cafeteria, but now I'll think of your Nemisis :D

BakingWithoutABox said...

It makes you fat? Whatever. And those stilleto Louboutins will give you short calves and foot corns. Designer corns, but still. (Can I you tell I can be really mean in the non-blogger world) I love the crumbles!

Ameena said...

I think I saw your nemesis yesterday at Whole Foods...she was teetering around on some Jimmy Choos. I wanted to tell her that I thought her shoes were ugly and that she looked ridiculous teetering but I refrained. It is Ramadan you know.

Send some of your peach crumble this way...I need to bulk up too! I've lost 5 pounds since Ramadan started. I look pretty scary.

Jess-Sugar High said...

I love this post
Thanks for making me laugh ;)

Baking Barrister said...

I'm all about the cravings. But uh, I've never had such a nemesis before. Maybe this is b/c I frequent places at odd hours that aren't even consistent? If I did have a nemesis, I would have told her that her head is making her fat.

Cooking with Coley said...

Your post made me LOL. My boyfriend literally stopped what he was doing and asked what I was giggling at. Love your writing, photography and presentation - it seems to somehow keep getting better every time I visit your blog! Take that stiletto chick!

Camala - CC Recipe said...

This Peach Crumble looks awesome, I have those moments all the time, when all I can do is think about a recipe or an ingredient and try to figure out something to include it in:)

scrambledhenfruit said...

So funny! I always run into people like that when I'm at my worst. It's some sort of perverse rule of nature. Don't worry about stiletto girl though- she was secretly envious of your sponge bob pants and the thought of the delicious peach crumble that she knew was in your future. Your luscious photos have me wishing for some as well! Thanks for visiting my blog. I've signed up to follow yours, and am looking forward to more deliciousness.

The Mom Chef said...

You absolutely friggen kill me. You need to move down to North Carolina if you want to not worry about any nemisis. If you've ever seen Cops, you know what the dress code is down here. Sponge Bob pajama bottoms are pretty darn classy wear. (The peach crumble looks very, very delicious.)

denise @ quickies on the dinner table said...

I've got a Spongebob pillow - well actually, it's a stuffed Spongebob but he feels sooooo soft and smooth and cuddly, I lie with my head on this tummy *grin* Or should that be *blush*

I HATE anyone who can afford Louboutins. HATE!!! *grr*

Love your peachy crumbles - they look perfect! And boy, do I know those cravings. Thank God they're not from me - hubby gets them throughout Ramadan and expects a plethora of sweet treats all month long at dinner time, after a entire day's abstinance. I do feel your pain - and I think it's amazing that you guys succeed each day. I would never be able to fast :P Hope you don't find the month too trying and that it ends in a blissful Eid for you :)

Monet said...

So you are hilarious and a great writer, and I just adore your blog and could probably read at least three of your posts a day. I love this. And I would have been tempted to say some pretty nasty things to your nemesis. But I would have left knowing that while I had peach crumble to go home to, she just had her snotty self.

Sana said...

We clearly had different cravings today. Mine was in the pasta family. Cheesy cheesy pastaaa :)

I always gain weight during ramadan ( hello 8 eggrolls) But I am sooo proud of making it to iftar that i don't care!!

Shirley said...

She sounds like a witch. (Actually, I'm thinking of the word that rhymes with it.) I'll take fat peach crumble over 5-inch Louboutins any day!

thehungryscholar said...

I have never tried peach cobbler. It is a sin, I know. Yum.

Kristen said...

Obviously the Nemesis is not a food blogger or she would completely understand 10pm forays to grocery stores in Sponge Bob attire!

Those peach crumbles would taste really good right now...and I do have about a hundred peaches sitting in my kitchen...See? Now you are passing on the craving!

bunkycooks said...

I think you should give her some of your peach crumble next time you see her. Sounds like she could use a little sugar. :)

Kate said...

I'm still laughing! Great post!! Sounds like your nemesis is one mal-adjusted person while you're one happy well adjusted gal. The peach crumble sounds heavenly. Now, I'm torn. I know I'm going to do the peach skewers with peach salsa (Chef Ryan or Drick - can't remember which...) but there's another for peach bourbon jam. Maybe I can solve the dilemma and buy more peaches! Kate

Priyanka said...

LOL....I could actually picture the entire episode with your nemesis. You are hilarious!All through the description I was picturing your nemesis to be the "Spiderry long legged" girl from Confessions of a Shopaholic!

That crumble looks yummy!

foodthinking said...

SpongeBob jammies beat Louboutins butt on the sexy meter any day!

Nirmala said...

I would have had the same reaction to your nemesis. I may have thrown the peach though! The crumble looks great. How many more days of fasting?

Devaki said...

You had me lol with this one! Your nemesis....OMG! Hilarious post :) And yah bulk up on peach crumble is goooodddd. BTW, adding the pumpkin spice to the peach crumble is genius. LOVE IT!!!

Ciao, DEVAKI @ weavethousandflavors

Kelsey said...

its been awhile since someones made peach crumble! i do think strawberry rhubabrb is the best but peach isnt something to complain about :) this look rediculously yummy!!!

Joanne said...

The Heidi Klum look-alike seems like a psycho B****. You SHOULD bulk up and take her on. Throw some butter at her. Or chocolate. I bet she doesn't eat chocolate. Crazy.

This crumble looks fantastic. Moan. I want it. Now I will be thinking about it all day. And I don't have peaches or butter either!

Simply Life said...

Oh I definitely know what those cravings feel like! This sounds GREAT!

Deeba PAB said...

Now you got me craving, BIG TIME! I'm a huge fan of fruit in desserts, especially stone fruits! This is devilishly tempting!!

mysimplefood said...

Your post is so entertaining! You go Girl!! Peach don't make you fat! It's a fruit! :)

Indie.Tea said...

Peach crumble, yum...can't blame you for craving those. I have two gorgeous farmer's market peaches on my counter, they might turn into a crumble soon :)
As for the nemesis, well, I'd rather have the crisp than the perfectly coiffed, mean-girls attitude :)

The Housewife said...

I'm totally with you about insane cravings and of course well heeled red soled nemesis… how dare she! Maybe if she had a peach crumble occasionally she would a much happier person! Btw, the crumble looks so good… long live peaches and butter! :)

All That I'm Eating said...

Cravings are the biggest pain in my life. I get one normally when busy and then when I can satisfy my craving I forget what it was for or I can't get whatever I am craving. Nightmare.
This looks delicious. I'm very jealous.

Evan @swEEts said...

Only miserable people talk about sweets so sourly.. I can just picture you in your pj pants wanting to punch that woman in heels in her face ha I would totally eat this peach crumble with you happily :)

Stella said...

Hey Azmina! You do deserve it-probably (smile). And your peach crumble looks delicious. There is something so decadent yet still healthful about a good crumble. I think this type of dessert is perfect for Ramadan...

Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet } said...

Okay I am now craving that peach crumble. Looks wonderful.

baking.serendipity said...

Cute post! I think we all run into that nemesis. Peach crumble is definitely a good way to combat her! And I can totally relate to your food cravings...I think my mom and mother-in-law are hoping for them to be caused by more than just food blogs already too!

Lynn @ I'll Have What She's Having said...

Your nemesis sounds like she's evil. And probably hungry.

Magic of Spice said...

Next time your Nemesis makes a smart remark about food...just tell her how many foodie friends you have, and that you will be passing out her address very next post :) This looks amazing, and you do deserve it :)

Debbie said...

You poor girl, that is the worst fear when wearing PJs to the store :-( She was probably just jealous cause she wanted peach crumble too! Looks delish too!

FrenchPressMemos said...

To say that your writing is amazingly entertaining is an understatement. I could so see that happen to me and your voice explaining it made it the more clear. I will try hard not to go to the store in my cake-print sleep-pants any time soon.

megan said...

hahaha I loved this! I'm so glad I found your blog. You crack me up - I especially liked the phrase "much to the chagrin of my mother"...my mother and mother-in-law are constantly on my case too ;)

LisaP said...

How on earth did I miss this?! I am so completely experiencing crumble-cravings right this minute - gee THANKS. :p (I'm not even lying; my tummy just grumbled and everything! So undignified)

ps, KlumClone can suck it. *mean face*

Wheels and Lollipops said...

ha ha , loved it ! my nemesis is one I see when I take my son to school don't you love that feeling :) :)

My mom is fasting and she told me last night that she has stopped reading food blogs too much temptation :)

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