I few weeks ago, Brian, myself and some friends went apple picking!
I had these amazing fresh apples that I just needed to make something with and I thought, what better to make than crumble!
Crumble is one of those quintessentially English desserts that is best served warm with vanilla ice cream or Bird's Eye custard. In the U.S. they like to call it apple crisp - probably just to confuse us.
Crumble is one of those foods that makes me feel incredibly nostalgic. I used to love crumble as a kid. I remember going to school and eating crumble for dessert. I guess we were kind of lucky as I know most people probably recall their school dinners as not being very good!
There are different ways to cook the apples, either beforehand or cooking them in the baking dish at the same time as the crumble itself. I prefer pre-cooking the apples so that I can better control the amount of moisture in the dessert and ensure the apples have been sufficiently cooked!
And in case you wondered (because I know you probably did), the recipe below equates to a crumble:base ratio of approximately 1:1. If, like me, you are slightly obsessed with crumble, feel free to double the crumble ingredients.
Apple crumble (approximately 6 servings)
For the crumble:
- 1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup (45g) oats
- 1/2 cup (100g) brown sugar
- 1 stick (115g) butter, diced
For the filling:
- 4-5 apples
- 1/4 cup (50g) caster sugar
- 1/4 cup (60ml) water
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1-2 tbsp. lemon juice
- To prepare the filling, start by peeling the apples. Once cored, dice them into bite sized chunks. Put them into a saucepan with the water, sugar, vanilla, lemon juice and cinnamon. Allow to simmer on medium/low for about 15 minutes stirring frequently. Do this until the apples start to soften and the sauce thickens. Some apples take longer to soften than others, Granny Smith apples work great.
- Put this mixture into your baking dish and allow to cool whilst you work on the crumbly part of the recipe! This recipe works for baking dishes that are approximately 9 inch square or 10x6.
- To prepare the crumble start by mixing together all the dry ingredients. Cut the butter into the mixture and then rub together with your fingers until you get a kind of breadcrumb consistency. You will want to keep some parts of the crumble big and chunky.
- Spread the crumble mix over your base and pop the whole thing in the oven for about 25-30 minutes at 375 F (190 C). The crumble should turn a nice golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 5-10 minutes. This is best served warm with vanilla ice cream, cream or custard!