Strawberry Banana Chocolate Crumble

Three easy strawberry dessert recipes. A crumble made with a magical combination of strawberry, chocolate, banana. A 'fool' made with strawberries, Greek yogurt, citrus and cream. An elegant and oh-so-simple strawberries in wine.

Strawberry Banana -- and yes, Chocolate too! - Crumble

My house backs up to a park. Well, that’s what I call it; the neighbors who live there call it their back yard.

Saturdays, the park gets mowed and trimmed by a man or two and a boy or two. From their friendly waves and hallos across the fence, it’s no stretch to surmise they may have been born elsewhere.

Last year, during the height of the Congressional immigration storm, one of Mother Nature’s blew through town, littering the park with sticks and branches and limbs.

(Ever picked up two acres of sticks? It’s tedious, back-bending work. As girls, my sister and I dreaded this spring assignment. We worked, slowly. We complained, loudly.)

Next day, a boy of 11 or so collected sticks all morning, never resting, never complaining, hauling armfuls to a growing pile near the street. In his ears were the telltale white buds of an iPOD, one of the coveted digital music players. I don’t know how immigration reform will work out.

What I do know is that this kid (like strawberry pickers in California and apple pickers in Oregon) dreams of life’s equivalent of an iPOD, expects to earn it and that it is wholly American – some how, some way – to afford his dream.

Local strawberries arrive soon! Here are three simple ways to enjoy their ruby sweetness.

STRAWBERRIES in WINE Toss sliced ripe strawberries with a spoon of sugar, strips of lemon zest and a splash of a fruity red wine or my favorite, dry sherry. Let rest for an hour before serving.

STRAWBERRY BANANA
CHOCOLATE CRUMBLE

Fruity chocolaty goodness
Hands-on time: 15 minutes
Time to table: 45 minutes
Serves 4
  • 16 – 20 strawberries, hulled, in chunks if large
  • 2 bananas, in chunks
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, diced small
  • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped roughly
  • Pinch salt

Preheat oven to 375F.

Divide fruit among four one-cup ramekins and toss gently.

In a small bowl, mix the remaining ingredients with a fork or your fingers until coarsely crumbly. Spoon mixture onto the fruit, letting it slip into the cracks. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until golden and bubbly.

NUTRITION ESTIMATE Per Serving: 253 Cal; 12g Tot Fat; 7g Sat Fat; 40g Carb; 5g Fiber; 5mg Sodium; 15mg Cholesterol; Weight Watchers 6 points

STRAWBERRY FOOL

Time to table: 15 minutes
Serves 8
  • 1 pound strawberries, hulled
  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • Zest & juice of 1 orange
  • 1 tablespoon orange liqueur, optional
  • 2 cups cream, whipped

Gently combine all ingredients. Arrange in serving dishes, serve immediately.

NUTRITION ESTIMATE Per Serving: 173 Cal; 12g Tot Fat; 7g Sat Fat; 15g Carb; 1g Fiber; 12mg Sodium; 43mg Cholesterol; Weight Watchers 5 points
Strawberry Chocolate Banana Crumble Strawberries in Wine Strawberry Fool

LATER NOTES
Really fresh home-grown strawberries can contain so much moisture that the Strawberry Banana Chocolate Crumble is some times (but not always) more soupy than crispy. It's still groanably delicious, just don't expect it to be scoop-able like an apple crisp, say.
You can make the Strawberry Banana Chocolate Crumbles in advance, then rewarm in a 200F oven.
If there's a leftover ramekin, toss it into a blender with a few more strawberries, some ice and milk - voila, one of the best strawberry smoothies ever!
One night when dinner for two turned into supper for ten, I started to improvise to make a big casserole dish of this dessert. I added canned peaches and pineapple, added oatmeal and white chocolate to the topping. It was devoured with great relish!

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Alanna - what a lovely introduction.. The recipes - especially the strawberry food one - make me hungry. We should be able to buy local strawberries in late June - and I know where to look for inspiration then! Thank you!
 
Alanna,
Don't let Ed Bruske find out you're adulterating strawberries!
 
Alanna, these strawberry recipes look incredible!! -Gina
 

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