Baking| Peach, Plum & Apricot Streusel Crumble … Fine Cooking In Season

” There’s nothing more exciting to cook than discovering a new ingredient or finding an interesting new way to use an old favourite.”
Fine Cooking In Season

Peach, Plum & Apricot Streusel CrumbleMy love affair with fruit in baking and fruit based desserts continues unabated, often bordering obsession. Got back rejuvenated from the vacation, exhausted too, to find an absolutely delicious looking book waiting for me in the mailbox. This finger licking good Peach, Plum & Apricot Streusel Crumble was just waiting to be baked!! Fine Cooking in Season: Your Guide to Choosing and Preparing the Season’s Best from the Fine Cooking Magazine. The cover had the most beautiful picture of juicy plums, blueberries etc. A quick peek within and outstanding photographs by Mathew Benson had me sold!Peach, Plum & Apricot Streusel CrumbleThe cover drew me to the book and at 2am I was leafing through it oblivious to the tired aching muscles etc. An almost 24hour flight from Sydney via Hong Kong forgotten, the tired kids suddenly unimportant as they fell into bed in a dazed stupor, suitcases all over the place … the book had me mesmerised!

Fine Cooking in Season is like having an expert and friend guide you from the farmer’s market to your kitchen, helping you make the most of the delicious bounty available throughout the year. Focusing on produce at its peak is not only flavorful and inspiring, but also a natural way to get a variety of healthy food into your life.”–Ellie Krieger, host of Healthy Appetite on the Food Network and author of The Food You Crave.

Peach, Plum & Apricot Streusel CrumblePeach, Plum & Apricot Streusel CrumbleIncluded in the package is a DVD with the Fine Cooking Magazine archive from 1994-2010;  for me a virtual treasure. Thank you Taunton Press {I think they sent it as I have no clue who mailed the book to me; it’s been signed by 3 good folk too…gracias} for a book I will always treasure, one thats found pride of place on my shelf. I love it!
Peach, Plum & Apricot Streusel CrumbleThis was going to be a nice distraction indeed from the monotony of post vacation chores. Unpacking suitcases, putting stuff away, not wanting to touch jackets in this hot weather, cooking to keep the troops happy, dusting the cobwebs off {2 weeks away in the summer and the spiders seem to have a party!}. A quick trip to the local bazaar and yay … all senses awakened, stone fruit were practically tumbling off shelves.Peach, Plum & Apricot Streusel CrumbleI made this stone fruit crumble using 2 recipes. For the filling I used the Peach or Nectarine Cobbler recipe, and since the diva was on a diet and I couldn’t ‘pie’ the fruit, I decided to use the topping from a Ginger Streusel Pie recipe {with a few healthy changes like using 1/2 oats 1/2 flour instead of only flour, slightly reduced butter etc} … this was a celebration of stone fruit!Peach, Plum & Apricot Streusel CrumbleI do love this season. The colours, the flavours, the charm of stone fruit … always like a dream. The crumble was addictive and difficult to keep away from, “sweetly tart and full of soul” … if you know what I mean. Add to it a nutty walnut streusel topping, crisp and delicious and you know this was meant to be.  The trusted Thermomix delivered the streusel in one quick whiz.Peach, Plum & Apricot Streusel CrumbleMr PAB was served his portion with a handsome drizzle of low fat unsweetened cream … and it was nirvana I hear. The lad got a small drizzle too. The teen & me looked at the cream longingly but voluntarily stayed away … there is a post vacation diet which holds ominous significance. 2 thin slivers were demolished by the teen and pre teen last night, with the lad hurriedly polishing off the last crumbs and asking if I could make some again, soon maybe? Peach, Plum & Apricot Streusel CrumbleThis is a book I certainly enjoyed for its pictures, its fresh ideas, and for its recipes contributed by some fine culinary gurus which include some of my favourites – Alice Medrich, Abby Dodge, Suvir Saran, Raghavan Iyer, Amanda Hesser among a host of other celebrated contributors.Cookbooks for reviewThe next book for review on my list is this one by award winning journalist Stephen Fried. The book is interestingly titledAppetite For America“; Fred Harvey and the Business of Civilizing the Wild West – One Meal at a Time. It’s a first ever biography of this visionary entrepreneur considered to be the founding father of the American hospitality industry and gastronomic culture. {I’m halfway through this fascinating journey … which ends in some delicious recipes. More on that in a later post}

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About me: I am a freelance food writer, recipe developer and photographer. Food is my passion - baking, cooking, developing recipes, making recipes healthier, using fresh seasonal produce and local products, keeping a check on my carbon footprint and being a responsible foodie! I enjoy food styling, food photography, recipe development and product reviews. I express this through my food photographs which I style and the recipes I blog. My strength lies in 'Doing Food From Scratch'; it must taste as good as it looks, and be healthy too. Baking in India, often my biggest challenge is the non-availability of baking ingredients, and this has now become a platform to get creative on. I enjoy cooking immensely as well.


  1. It looks divine.Seems like an interesting book.

  2. Mmm delicious! Love the topping — pretty.

  3. I have been wanting to make something with all the stone fruit that is pouring in this season! This big batch of peaches I bought on the weekend is now ripening in the flour box.

  4. i love to bake fruits and find new ways of using them. That recipe is wonderful! What a mouthwatering crumble.



  5. What gorgeous presentation, how can I resist??

  6. That crumble looks devine and the book sounds great too. Welcome home!

  7. Love love anykind of fruit crumble and this look so so good.
    you must have added print this few hours ago as I came here earlier and I din’t find it while I was printing a recipe from your place. Or could be also i was blind for a shortwhile and didn’t see it :-)

    • LOL LOL LOL Finla… you are too funny. It’s been there all along. Momentary blindness must be it, but it’s not an option on all posts. I recently added it!

  8. Is this for me daaaaaaaahiling? It looks amazing :D. Its a rainy day and a delicious crumble would go down just fine 😀
    *kisses* HH

  9. Looks absolutely yum. Am wondering what it looks like beneath the surface. Will try out the recipe and see for myself, shall I?

  10. The only thing that could improve this would be a large dollop of custard! Your pictures just get more and more tempting.

  11. I totally agree with you – fruit and baking go hand in hand and are the best together 😀 I love summer – so many kinds of fresh fruit, yum! Your crumble looks divine (as everything you make) and I love the choice of different fruit. The oat streusel sounds so yummy!

  12. Looks beautiful. I bet they taste great. 😀

  13. I love the fruit of the summer season as well, stones fruits are my favorite.

  14. You make this sound so so yumm and your pictures are no less sensational! Post vacation, the best thing about coming back home is getting back to kitchen and baking! Only the post -vacation binge guilt is the killer, but can live with it, low fat desserts it has to be!

  15. Spring is so late this yeat we have only just garvested local strawberries. Can’t ait for stone fruit and crumbles.

  16. Krista says:

    Such pretty little crumbles, Deeba. :-) I love that you did them in individual ramekins like this. Makes them extra special. :-)
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  17. I love stone fruit and the combination with the crumble topping looks divine! This looks like a great recipe to adapt to whatever fruit is in season…I love having a go-to recipe that lets me adapt what is best that week in the market. Lovely photos!

  18. Dear Deeba this look amazing and delicious!!! huggs my riend! gloria
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  19. This dessert screams summer time! I can’t wait to give it a go!

  20. Awsome blog! I am loving it!! Will come back again. I am bookmarking your feeds also

  21. Stone fruit crisps and crumbles have been on my mind lately. I need to get baking! This topping with walnuts sounds fantastic. And, now I’m curious about Appetite for America.
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  22. My darling! I know I’ve been away and now it is my turn for a vacation but am thinking of you! Even made yummy fruity macs! But now I want crumbles! I will make something like this as soon as I am back. And oh my I need that Fine Cooking book! Lovely, always lovely! xoxo Miss you!!!
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  23. Every time I come back to your website I remember why I love it so much. My problem is that I don’t come back often enough. No longer though as I just subscribed to your feed. Anyways, I love the first quote and the crumble looks heavenly. Stone fruits are one of the things I most look forward to in summer. Beautiful photos too :)
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  24. What a lovely post – makes me want to run into the kitchen & bake this! Your photography is incredible. If I ever publish a cookbook, I’ll have to ask you to photograph it!
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  25. Loved the post. Your photographs are stunning! Makes me want to eat the fruit crumble now..

    Do stop by my space when time permits. I know I am a beginner but would love to hear from blog gurus like you.. :)

    Thanks a ton.
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  26. Hi Deeba. Thanks for stopping by.I’m so glad you liked my recipe .Many thanks for your kind words! Your pics are definitely impressive, really beautiful!
    Have a great day!
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  27. I have just been thinking about baking warm fruit pudding and here we are. May just have to make this! Wonderful, as always!
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  28. Your fruit desserts are always so inspirational. It’s nice to go on vacation, but I think even nicer to get home.
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  29. Absolutely LOVE your blog, and your bakes, Deeba! I know the hurdles of baking in India, the scavenge for ingredients. But looking at your blog, who would know! A real treat.
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  30. Hi! I have a plum tree dumping bucketfuls of ripe fruit right now, so I’ve been scouring the web for something unique to do with them. Instead of making a ton of jams, I’ve been making a ton of different single serve pies in wide mouthed 8 oz jam jars and freezing them 😉 I tried yours out today and it was fantastic! The only thing I added was pie crust at the bottom and sides of the jar, and I added more plum and a little less peach (because I’m trying to use them up as best I can). Thank you for a recipe that is a keeper. I’ll be enjoying it throughout the year. Here’s a picture. Thanks again!

  31. James M Duff says:

    very nice post, i certainly love this website, keep on it

  32. George R Ash says:

    You should take part in a contest for one of the best blogs on the web. I will recommend this site!

  33. Helen H Remillard says:

    very nice post, i certainly love this website, keep on it

  34. Totally awesome.

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