Tuesday, 16 June 2015

A family classic with a zesty twist // Apple Crumble

Hi Sweets,
There’s nothing better than the sweet scent of butter, cinnamon and brown sugar wafting through the house.  And on a chilly autumn evening I can’t think of anything better than relaxing with a hot cup of tea and a generous helping of Zesty Apple Crumble, while binge watching #OITNB season 3 for the second/third time.   This dessert is a great addition to any season, the zesty tang of the apples perfectly compliment the spring and summer seasons, while the warm crispy browned topping and decadent cream are a wonderful match for any cold autumn/winter evening (or breakfast haha). 

When I went shopping the other day I saw a new chocolate range and was intrigued by the Apple and Vanilla flavour.  It was an unusual flavour and I still can’t tell if I like it or not (that didn’t stop from finishing it though #selfcontrol), but it did inspire me to make one of my favourite recipes. 

You will need:

5-6 granny smith apples (medium/large)
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/2 c brown sugar
1 ½  heaped teaspoons ground cinnamon
60 grams chilled unsalted butter (+ 1 tablespoon)
1/4 c plain flour
1 c rolled oats
(optional 1/4 c shredded coconut)

1.       Preheat your oven at 160 degrees.  Peel, core and chop your apples (quite thin) and place them on a medium heat.  Add a ¼ cup brown sugar, 1 heaped teaspoon of cinnamon and the freshly squeezed lemon and lime juice in a saucepan.  Heat the apples on a medium heat, stirring constantly until the sugar is completely dissolved.  Once dissolved, add a lid and turn the heat to low (stirring occasionally) and stew the apples for a good 10 -15 minutes.  I like my apples soft, so I stew them for a minimum of 15 minutes.
2.       While the apples are stewing prepare your crumble.  In a large mixing bowl add a ¼ cup brown sugar,  flour, ½ teaspoon cinnamon and the oats (and coconut) and mix.  Cut 60 grams of chilled butter into small cubes and add this into the mixing bowl, using your fingers rub the butter into the flour mixture until all the mixture is combined and crumbly.
3.       Put the heat up to 180 degrees.  Add 1 tablespoon of butter into the apples, stir and pour the apples into an oven proof dish and then put the crumble topping on top.  Cook for 20-25 minutes, the crumble should be nice a brown on top when done.
4.       Cool the dessert for 5 minutes and serve with a dollop of freshly whipped cream and enjoy!

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