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Strawberries For Crumble

Asked by Deane-Mae. Answered on 29th July 2021

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Can you use over-ripe strawberries for the Strawberry And Almond Crumble? Thank you!

Strawberry and Almond Crumble
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Strawberry and Almond Crumble
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Our answer

Nigella's Strawberry And Almond Crumble (from KITCHEN) is a good way of using under-ripe strawberries, as the heat of the oven makes them more juicy and unlocks their sweetness. The strawberries soften, but don't collapse. Frozen strawberries can also be used, as long as they are cooked direct from frozen and not thawed first.

For over-ripe strawberries it will depend on how ripe they are, if the berries are still firm then they should be suitable for the crumble. However, if the berries are already turning soft then we suspect that they will collapse in the oven and would be better suited for using in Nigella's Strawberry Ice Cream or puréed and used in a fool or swirled through some yogurt for breakfast or a quick dessert.

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