I had a text from a friend a couple of days ago telling me she has broken her foot. That would be bad enough at any time, but she has just moved house. She has been through a very nasty divorce and is nervous and excited to have her own home. It is an older property and needs a lot doing to it but that is part of the excitement, planning what she is going to do with the property to make it her home. After years of living out in the sticks she has moved into a village and looking forward to being able to walk to the local shops and library and get more exercise. She is now off her feet for weeks and can't even drive. She is feeling very vulnerable and isolated. A trip on a step and life can change so quickly.
So what do you do for a friend in this position? You bake of course! I was stuck at home in the morning while my new 'smart meter' was fitted, so it had to be made with whatever I had in the house. It is roughly based on a BBC recipe, with a Chickpea twist.
I'm not sure what to call it, part flapjack part crumble.....flumble perhaps?
Here's what I did:
3/4 sticks of rhubarb
1/2 tsp of ginger
2 oz demerara sugar
Chop the rhubarb and cook with the ginger and sugar until slightly softened then set aside.
8 oz demerara sugar
10 oz rolled porridge oats
5 oz gluten free plain flour (or ordinary plain flour)
2 oz mixed seeds
3 tbsp golden syrup
1/2 tsp mixed spice
Mixed together in a large bowl.
12 oz soya margarine (or butter)
Melt and pour into the dry mix.
Give it all a good stir so everything is well mixed.
Grease a baking tin or whatever you have about 20 cm square.
Pour in half of the mix, then the rhubarb and finish off with the rest of the mix.
Bake at 200C/180C fan, gas 6 for 45 - 50 minutes until gold and crisp on top.
Leave to cool before cutting into squares.
I served it with half fat creme fraiche ( yes I know, a bit pointless after all the fat and sugar in the recipe) The 'tartness' balanced out the sweetness of the frumble. Not the healthiest of recipes but real comfort food. You could use whatever fruit you have available so it is a seasonal recipe as well.
My friend, like me, can't eat gluten so really enjoyed having some homemade gluten free deliciousness. Just what you need when you are feeling down, coffee, cake and a chat. What is your go to comfort food?