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What’s a belle to do when her freezer seems to be filled with a little bit of this, a little bit of that, and a lot of what seems like nothing?  Well…we made the most out of an “over-stuffed” situation one recent rainy day…and the results were so delicious, we just had to share (as we belles do)!

Our version of a “Clean-out-the-freezer Fruit Crumble”:


This recipe is very simple and you can use whatever fruit combination you have on hand. In this instance, we used peaches, raspberries and blackberries. About 1 bag each. We drained and thawed briefly in a colander and then got impatient (that should come as no surprise). To the fruit add: 1 tablespoon sugar, 2 tablespoons cornstarch and the juice of 1/2 lemon. Put in a 9×11 casserole dish.


The topping: 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup brown sugar, a pinch of salt, 1 cup of old fashioned oats and 1 cold stick of butter cut into small slices. Combine all topping ingredients and with a pastry cutter or two knives mix topping until it resembles coarse meal. (impatience reared its ugly head here as well)


Put topping over fruit and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour



One more view of the finished product…just for motivation;)


If you feel that now is a good time to empty the freezer of vanilla ice cream, we already beat you to it!!

So there you have it, another belle-icious recipe…and you cleaned out your freezer!! Multitasking is a belle’s way of life.