Apple crumble is one of my favourite Winter desserts. The mix of sweetness and tang, with a crunchy topping and side of cream is the perfect end to chilly days. We were invited to dinner on the weekend with friends, and I debated about what to take for dessert. Due to dairy allergies in my family, recipes that can be kept casein free or are easily adaptable are best. A visit to the local apple orchard last week resulted in two and a half kilos of delicious Pink Ladies in our fruit bowl, and a sale on strawberries at the local supermarket made the dessert decision a whole lot easier! The crumble was a joint effort between myself and my husband, and was incredibly easy to make. Apple crumble is normally a little on the tart side, but the strawberries added a beautiful sweetness. This is such an easily adaptable recipe, and you can use virtually any filling that you wish. When I make this just with apples, I stir a table spoon of brown sugar and a pinch of cinnamon through the apples to add a sweet kick. In the past I have added various types of berries, and you could also try some rhubarb.
Time – Preparation (approximately 25 minutes), cooking (20 minutes, depending on your oven). This recipe can be made several hours ahead and refrigerated.
Ingredients – Filling
1 kilogram of fresh apples (I used Pink Ladies), or 800 grams of tinned pie apples
1 and a half punnets of strawberries
100 grams caster sugar
2 tablespoons of water
Ingredients – Crumble
Half a cup of plain flour
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
1 – 2 tablespoons of Nuttelex/margarine/butter
2 tablespoons of slivered almonds
(Please note: the quantities for the crumble ingredients are approximate. Feel free to add more ingredients if you need to).
Cream or ice cream, to serve.
1. Peel, core and cut apples into small slices.
2. Place the apples, caster sugar and water in a small saucepan (with a lid on) and bring to the boil.
3. Once boiled, remove the lid and cook for a further five minutes.
4. Take off the heat and rest until apples are fluffy.
5. When cooled, layer the apples in an oven proof dish, alternating with washed and sliced strawberries (be sure to remove the tops first). The ingredients should provide enough for two layers of each fruit.
6. Place Nuttelex/margarine/butter, plain flour and brown sugar in a bowl.
7. Use your fingers to rub the ingredients together until it forms a crumble-like texture.
8. Top the fruit with an even sprinkle of slivered almonds.
9. Top evenly with the crumble mixture.
10. Bake in a 180 degree celsius oven for about 20 minutes, or until the fruit has warmed through and the crumble has browned.
11. Serve with ice cream or cream, and enjoy!
Do you have a go-to Winter dessert recipe? What filling do you use in a crumble?