I used to make crumble or crisp every weekend. I looked forward to that hot bubbly fruit filled goodness emerging from the oven at about the point where I could barely stand the amazing aroma. I would then wait only wait a few minutes for it to cool, pile on the ice cream, and enjoy its sweet jammy goodness with the silky ice cream melting into it to cool it down. Times have changed however. Of course I still love crisp, but I am not into hot desserts so much this summer, or heating the oven. In fact, before this week, it had been about 6 months since I had made one!
I figured, as well as being pretty the timbale would guaruntee that every bite would be filled with the pecan crumble topping goodness, as I placed a layer in the middle of the timbale as well! I then served it with some peach thyme ice cream I had on hand. It was delicious! The sweet juicy peaches laced with cinnamon and the crunchy nutty topping...so heavenly! I never would have though I could make crumble without the oven, and obviously I was wrong! I have a feeling I am going to be making this a lot in the next couple months!
1 cup pecans
4 soft pitted dates
1/8 tsp sea salt or to taste
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1/2 cup coursely chopped pecans
4 ripe organic medium peaches, sliced
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Peach Thyme Ice Cream or your favorite ice cream
In a food processor, combine 1 cup pecans, dates and sea salt and process until finely ground. Place in a bowl and mix in maple syrup and chopped pecans with hands until it holds together a little when squeezed. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine peaches, maple syrup, vanilla and cinnamon, and mix well. Let sit for at least 30 minutes.
To assemble, place a 4 inch round ring mold on each of two plates (or I used the top part of my 4 inch springform pan. You can also use a 4 inch wide can with the bottom cut out.) place 1/2 of the peach mixture (dividing between the two molds) into the bottom of the molds, arranging the peaches so they are flat and pretty. Top with half the crumble mixture, then the other half of the peach mixture then the remaining crumble mixture. Carefully remove the molds, and serve with peach ice cream (or whichever flavor you like)!