With Christmas around the corner, I figured that I present a recipe that would not only be delightful to share with loved ones after a comforting meal, but will make your kitchen smell gorgeous too!
Crumble is one of the first desserts I ever learned to make and make well, with little credit on my part. Crumble knows how to look after itself in mediocre hands. It’s humble, it’s wholesome, and the basic preparation and ingredients are just as foolproof as the taste of the sum of its parts.
And to add a lovely local twist, I’ve replaced the regular filling of apple with guava instead! The way loved ones have reacted to this dish proves guava to be such a delightful alternative whilst being so abundant, accessible, and much cheaper for the average Malaysian to get their hands on.
As for the ‘crumble’ part, it’s a basic stirring task that can be delegated to your kids. Just gotta keep an eye that they don’t eat it all before it even makes it to the oven!
The taste is given a citrusy lift with the addition of lime rind. The dish can be made without it, but if you’re up for taking your crumble to the next level, get a grater ready with limes that have a thick enough skin to be grated, like Key Lime (Limau Nipis). Raisins are another fun optional ingredient. I’ve made crumbles with and without them, as my sister isn’t a fan of raisins. It’s just a matter of personal preference.
The final product is not quite the neatest, instagrammable thing in the world, but hidden within this modest appearance is a memorable marriage of local fruit and warm western spice.
As cold leftovers, I’ve had this crumble for breakfast and it is wonderful to wake up to. Try pouring non-dairy milk over it for an oatmeal-like start to the day.
Now, you might be thinking, Yeah okay, Crumble is Cool… But Crumble with Ice Cream Can’t be Beat.
Glad you thought of that. Two weeks ago, I brought into the world the how-to for heavenly homemade Coconut Vanilla Ice Cream that will go perfectly with this recipe. Make sure you make the ice cream in advance!
Imagine a scoop of that…
If you didn’t think this moment could be better, now sing ‘Go Go Guava Crumble’ to the Power Rangers theme song.
Now go forth and forge some Guava Greatness.
Go Go Guava Crumble
A breeze of a fusion dessert to make and share with loved ones to wrap up a get-together celebrating the simple, delicious things in life.
- 2-3 large guavas
- 4 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp rind of key lime
- 1 1/2 tbsp key lime juice
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1/4 tsp ginger powder
- 1 1/2 tsp arrowroot powder
- 1 1/2 tbsp raisins (optional)
- 1/3 cup water
- CRUMBLE TOPPING:
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 1/2 cup plain flour
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Step 1 Pre-heat oven at 180 degrees Celsius.
- Step 2 Cut guavas in half and remove seeds from the halves using the back of a metal spoon. Then dice halves into smaller bite-size cubes.
- Step 3 In a medium-sized baking pan (I used a 8 x 8 inch baking pan), pour in guavas and stir in other filling ingredients. set aside.
- Step 4 In a separate bowl, stir crumble topping ingredients until it becomes an evenly distributed mixture.
- Step 5 Pour crumble mixture over guava filling in an even layer.
- Step 6 Place pan into the oven and bake for 30 mins.
- Step 7 Serve immediately, with an optional scoop of Coconut Vanilla Ice Cream (Recipe located in ‘Dessert’ section of this website).