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“… And I try to get through to you
In my own special way
As the barriers crumble
At the end of the day…”

(my emphasis. “The Small Hours”, originally performed by Holocaust . Cover performed by Metallica. )

I’m making a lot of crumbles lately. Easy and quick, they are the perfect solution to the fruit that your kids are sure they want but eat one slice and quit 🙄 . It’s also great for the great fruits you’ve forgotten in your fridge and are now still OK, but … 🙂 To save electricity and time, I do my crumbles in the microwave. It is super easy and really tasty! My toddler loved it. My younger refused to taste it (he’s wierd that way). And I love it.

The only problem I have with crumbles is the name. I had no idea what crumbles were for most of my life and discovered them only through recipe sites (I always mistakenly thought of them as “pies”). So my first association with the word “crumble” is… Metallica.

I’ve loved Metallica since my older brother introduced me to their music at the age of about 10. There was no choice involved – if I wanted to be in his room I would listen to Metallica.

He was my older brother. I adored him. Of course I would listen to Metallica.

And it has remained with me to this day. (Most people, when hearing I like Metallica, look at me and say “I never figured you for a Metal lover” and similar.) Incidentally, I recently saw them. Wow, what a show!!!! My only complaint was that it finished too quickly, and they were more than two hours on stage!

To get back to the subject, every time I make a crumble, I find myself humming this song complete with the guitar riffs, and heavy emphasis on “crumble”. It is especially easy remembering how Hetfield changes “crumble” to “crum-bull”…

Ingredients: Amounts are approximate

Fruit of your chice, over-ripe is OK: nectarines, peaches, apricots, cherries, grapes…
Topping: for about 2 handfuls of cut fruit, e.g. 1 nectarine and one apricot, etc.
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
2 heaped tbsp brown sugar
few pinches cinnamon (optional)
10-15 grams butter
splash of vegetable oil (I use Canola or Soy)

Mix dry ingredients together with your fingers. Add butter and smush with your fingers. It will look like a woefully inadequate amount of butter. Add a splash of oil and mix until everything is moist. Add more oil if necessary (The idea here is to add a bit of butter for the taste, but have the main fat be oil.)

Arrange fruit in a glass or other microwave cooking platter. Sprinkle topping liberally over fruit. If there is too much topping, keeps refrigerated for a week (that’s how much I tried it, anyway).

Microwave on HIGH for 3 minutes. Check if topping is crusty. If not, add 1 minute at a time until topping is crunchy.

Eat and enjoy! (… in my own special way, as the barriers crum-bull at the end of the day…)

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