by Gillian F. Taylor & Diana
She longed to tell him, and often thought about sending him an encrypted holomessage or a hand-written note. But it was too big a risk. If her message were intercepted, there would be hell to pay for both of them, especially Anakin, who would be expelled from the Jedi Order.
She did manage to send him a care package once, consisting of dried fruit, synthol, and some freeze-dried and vacuum-packed baking ingredients. She included instructions on how to make it: mix the fruit and brandy and let them steep and marry ... mix up a blanket of pastry to cover it all ... bake for a specified period of time, the mathematics which would point to how long a human baby needed to gestate (25 minutes x 60 minutes x 60 seconds = 90,000 seconds ...)
To her, it was an obvious allusion to her pregnancy. She might have been disappointed that he didn't get it ... but he did enjoy the crumble!
Remove stalks from fruit and cut into quarters or smaller. Put into suitable pie dish and pour over a small amount of liquor or juice if desired.
Heat in the oven for 10-15 minutes, till steeped and warmed through.
Meanwhile, make the topping:
Sieve flour and rub in butter until mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the sugar.
Spread topping over fruit, pressing down fairly firmly.
Cook for about 25 mins until topping is nice and golden brown.
Serves 4, with cream or ice cream.
Many other fruits can be used instead of figs: Apple, rhubarb, gooseberry and blackberry are the most traditional. Plums, pears, bananas, peaches, raspberries, fresh currants, cherries and strawberries are all worth trying. Experiment with different spices, like cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla or ginger, added to the fruit. Dessicated coconut added to the crumble mix works well with bananas. Try rum with bananas, Amaretto with raspberries, port with plums, or whatever you happen to have in your booze cupboard.
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