The first time I served apple crumble to my Swiss grandfather when I invited him around for tea, I saw him frown and… look pretty disgusted, to say the least! He asked: “What is that mincemeat dish?”!!!
Inspite of his protests, I gave him a helping and he bravely took a spoonful of this weird-looking foreign mixture… and then he smiled! And then he ate it all and asked for more, exclaiming: “This is DELICIOUS!”
So… don’t be fooled by the fact the apple crumble’s messy look – it’s truly a delicious dessert!
For this to be perfect, you need to use baking apples that are a little tart. Depending on where in the world you live, you will have access to different varieties; those I have tried that work best are Boskoop, Braeburn and Bramley apples.
The combination of tart apples and a sweet crunchy topping is heavenly, in my opinion.
This is a very easy dessert to make. It can easily be prepared in advance and you can even freeze the dish before baking it – then simply take it out of the freezer and bake it straight away, adding about 10-15 minutes to the usual cooking time.
Here is the recipe – I hope you enjoy it as much as we do 🙂
- 6 big cooking apples (eg. Bramley, Boskoop or Braeburn)
- 100 g cold butter
- 100 g sugar
- 100 g ground almonds
- 70 g cornflour or gluten free flour (Schaer’s Mix C or Dove’s Farm plain flour work great)
- Peel and core the apples; cut them into thin slices and place them in an ovenproof glass dish.
- In a bowl, mix the sugar, ground almonds and flour.
- Cut the cold butter into small cubes and add it to the dry ingredients.
- Use your hands to blend in the butter, until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
This is probably the trickiest part of the recipe. You can use a food processor to make the crumble, but you have to be extra careful not to mix it too much, or the crumble will almost turn into a dough, making big clumps which are then hard to spread evenly over the apples. I tend to rub the butter in using my fingers – it’s a little messy and takes a little time, but at least I’m sure I get it right!
- Pour the crumble over the apples.
- Place in the oven and cook for approximately 35 minutes at 200°C, until the apples are cooked and the crumble is golden.
Apple crumble can be eaten warm or cold. If you eat it warm, serving it with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream makes it extra special – and if you’re serving it cold, pouring a little hot custard over it works extremely well 😉 I must admit, we usually tend to eat it plain, and we LOVE it!