Grape and Basil Crumble

30 Mar

I have yet to master shopping for fresh produce in NYC.  With only 2 of us and a NYC apartment, I try to shop in small batches to make sure things don’t go bad.  However, as many a day does not play out the way we expect, and we wind up eating out a LOT more than we should, I have the inevitable problem of having to throw too much food away. It makes me want to cry… wasting all that food.

So when I had a whole bushel of grapes that were a few days from being too soft, I had to ask myself “How do I use up a lot of grapes before they go bad?”  This is when I got creative…

First, there was mixing grapes with brown sugar.


Then it was “what can I do that will make this unique?” and the spice cabinet was opened and basil was sprinkled and with a moment of both bravery and hope, I threw it all together.


Then topped it with the leftover crumble I had from the Drunk ‘N Nutty Pie.


And I popped it into the over and prayed.  I removed it when it was bubbling and starting to brown.


And it was good.  BOY it was good. I actually wished I had added MORE basil.  The flavors were incredibly complimentary.


So today’s lesson in baking: Don’t be afraid to mix in spices that wouldn’t ordinary be thought of as baking supplies.  Enjoy the creative spoils.


One Response to “Grape and Basil Crumble”

  1. Linda March 30, 2011 at 6:29 pm #

    It sounds fabulous, but just imagine how great it would be with fresh basil!!!!

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