Apricot, Cherry and Graham Cracker Crumble

APRICOT, CHERRY AND GRAHAM CRACKER CRUMBLE
While the official first day of Summer is June 21, I already feel like Summer has started with all of this gorgeous warm weather and constant reminders of sweet treats like ice creams, popsicles and fruit-filled desserts. So, with that, I’ve basically declared it Summer already and I’ve made that as the perfect excuse to make a dessert, including this Apricot, Cherry and Graham Cracker Crumble (who am I kidding though – for me dessert is a year round activity!).

I love the apricot and cherries together in this recipe due to the tart flavors. For once, this was a crumble that wasn’t overly sweet and, trust me, it worked!

Here’s how to make this Apricot, Cherry and Graham Cracker Crumble:

Step 1: Halve Apricots and Cherries,
Remove Pits from Fruit and Reserve

MAKING APRICOT, CHERRY AND GRAHAM CRACKER CRUMBLE

MAKING APRICOT, CHERRY AND GRAHAM CRACKER CRUMBLE

Step 2: Combine Fruit with Brown
Sugar, Cornstarch and Vanilla BeanMAKING APRICOT, CHERRY AND GRAHAM CRACKER CRUMBLE
Step 3: Create Crumble by
Combining Butter, Crushed
Graham Crackers, Brown
Sugar and Roasted Almonds

APRICOT, CHERRY AND GRAHAM CRACKER CRUMBLE

Step 4: Place Fruit into Dish; Sprinkle
Crumble Topping on Top

MAKING APRICOT, CHERRY AND GRAHAM CRACKER CRUMBLE

Step 5: Bake and Eat!

APRICOT, CHERRY AND GRAHAM CRACKER CRUMBLE

What’s your favorite type of crumble?

Cheers!

APRICOT, CHERRY AND GRAHAM CRACKER CRUMBLE

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Weekend in Seattle

The Space Needle, Pike’s Place Market, the birthplace of “Grunge”, and the destination for corporate giants such as Microsoft, Starbucks, and Nordstrom are a few characteristics that describe the city of Seattle. In addition, Seattle is home to many different culinary tastes ranging with everything from classic American food to Seafood to the authentic flavors of the International District. Since I’m a natural “foodie” at heart, I couldn’t help but document a few culinary adventures I had while visiting Seattle this past weekend.

GaudiLately, I’ve been trending towards eating smaller and lighter meals (essentially tapas, as mentioned in a prior post here). We choose to go to Gaudi which is a Spanish inspired restaurant in the Roosevelt neighborhood. We enjoyed a bevy of items from the menu including Papas Bravas (potatoes with spicy sauce), Bavas (Spanish meatballs), Jitanitos (dates wrapped in bacon), Mojama (fresh cured tuna), and a few other items. But, our favorite part about Gaudi was the dessert we shared: a sponge cake filled with apricots and cream and topped with a raspberry glaze. Besides the fact that it just LOOKED pretty, it also tasted wonderful too.

Apricot and Cream Filled Sponge Cake
With Raspberry Glaze


Homegrown
Sandwich shops have a hard task to accomplish: to develop sandwiches that are fresh, flavorful, and cannot be easily replicated by any random Joe. To be perfectly honest, what differentiates the turkey sandwich made at an independent sandwich shop from the sandwich made at home or from a nationally recognized sandwich franchise? The key differentiator resides in ingenuity of ingredients. That being said, after glancing at the menu of Homegrown, I noticed a multitude of unusual and unique components within the sandwiches. After much contemplation, I settled upon the Roast Pork sandwich (Stumptown Coffee and cayenne rubbed pork loin, pickled red onion, apple butter, mixed greens, and sage aioli served over whole grain bread). After first bite, savory (pork and sage aioli), sweet (apple butter) and tangy (pickled red onions) flavors simultaneously combined to create a medley of enticing flavors. So, unlike the standard and ordinary sandwich shop, Homegrown mastered the art of combining diverse ingredients and creativity to make delicious sandwiches.

Roasted Pork Sandwich and Lentil Soup

High 5 Pie — I absolutely love and adore pies. Not only do I love combining fruit into desserts, but I enjoy making non-traditional fruit desserts or putting a different spin on a classic pie. That being said, High 5 Pie in Capitol Hill in Seattle serves pies that definitely match this description. The selection at High 5 Pie consists of “Pie Jar” (pies in a jar), Flipside (hand-held pie turnovers), Cutie Pie (mini pies), 7″ Deep Dish (classic pie), and Pie Pop (literally, a mini pie on a stick). Flaky crusts, pie fillings bursting with flavor, and a hip venue unite to make this a pleasant stop for a weekend afternoon. Plus, where else can you purchase pie on a stick?

Classic Caramel Pecan Pie


Pie Pop — Cherry Almond
& Cutie Pie — Berry

Good times and good eats this past weekend in Seattle. All in all, I definitely enjoyed these places and hope to visit again sometime soon!

Cheers!