Sunday, 6 May 2012
Recipe of the Week - The Perfect Apple Crumble
Apple crumble is the perfect nursery food (excuse the pun) and my favourite comfort food dessert. It is quick, cheap, super easy yet unbelievably delicious and perfect for lazy Sunday afternoons when it is cold and rainy outside. Very occasionally we like to have just this for supper when we really want a treat, it is so good to enjoy a crumble when you're not already full from a big Sunday roast!
You can use any variations you like for the fruit, so substitute great seasonal variations like half blackberries and apples or rhubarb in the summer or apple with mincemeat and a touch of all spice for a warm and Christmassy winter crumble. I also used ground almonds and oats for a bit of texture, but you can use all flour. Again with all my recipes, they work with whatever you have in the cupboard. If you don't have brown sugar use white, if you don't like cinnamon use a pinch of cloves. The great thing about crumble is experimenting, it is very forgiving and I'm sure your family and friends won't mind polishing them all off!
50g ground almonds
200g plain flour
175g brown sugar
200g butter, cubed
Pinch of salt
5 large cooking apples, peeled, cored and cut into chunks
50g brown sugar
Sprinkling of cinnamon
5 whole cloves
Add the almonds, oats, flour, sugar, salt into a large bowl and add the butter. Rub the butter into the dry mix until it resembles breadcrumbs. Mix the apples with the sugar and cinnamon then pour into a large dish. Dot the cloves around the apples. Sprinkle the crumble mixture on top then pace into a hot oven at 180degrees for 45 minutes until golden and the fruit mixture is bubbling.
Serve with a generous glug of double cream.