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Author Notes: At our house this dessert is called "Apple Stuff." Calling it "Apple Stuff" doesn't mean that it's always made with apples, and since it defies any clear category- it's a rustic throw together type of fruit dessert- we just call it "stuff." You can make this dessert in about 75 minutes, start to finish. At one time I was making a cobbler, the recipe just got simpler, faster, less sweet and less fat laden as time passed. We have "Apple Stuff" for dessert on most weekends of the year- it's great alone or alongside cake and/or ice cream. —Ann Goldman
- 2 cups peeled, thinly sliced apples (of any kind)
- 6-8 cups other various fruit (including more apples, peaches, pears, strawberries, plums, pitted cherries, blueberries, etc)
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter or margarine
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup oatmeal (quick or old fashioned, NOT instant)
- 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup corn meal
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
- 1/4 cup orange or cranberry juice
- Grease the pan, preheat the oven to 370 degrees (the fruit will need to bubble, but the oven need not be as hot as when you bake pie)
- Cut up the fruit. Start with 2 cups of peeled and sliced apples and add any other fruit, including more apples. I have found that the best "stuff" always has some apple slices in the filling. I don't think this is because apples have pectin- most of the pectin is in the peel. It's optional to peel other fruit (e.g. peaches, plums, pears).
- Place the apples on the bottom of the pan, other fruit is piled on top of the apples
- Prepare the crumble top by melting the butter (or margarine). I use a 4 cup glass measuring cup, melting the butter in the microwave for about 30 seconds
- Add the whole wheat flour, corn meal, oatmeal, sugar and cinnamon into the measuring cup and mix. The mixture will be firm
- Sprinkle the crumble evenly over the fruit, the covering will be sparse
- Pour juice over the entire mixture
- Bake for 45-55 minutes, until the top is golden and the fruit is bubbly
- Cool before serving, this crumble will make at least 8 servings. It's delicious by itself, but can always pair up well with ice cream, sorbet or cake
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Buckle, Slump, Grunt, Crumble, Cobbler, Crisp, Sonker, Pandowdy, and/or Betty