Okay, so the picture doesn’t really do it justice, but apple crumble is one of my favourite desserts. And now the winter is slowly creeping in, there has to be some perks to the darker nights and the general feeling of cold! And it comes in the form of crumble, apple crumble!
Now a few people would ague this is a summer pud, what with the fresh apples and sweet topping, but add a touch of cinnamon to the dish and it’s a completely different ball game! To me, there is nothing better in the winter months, then being snuggled up on the sofa, all wrapped up in a blanket, with a nice big bowl of warm cinnamon apple crumble and custard!
Feeling the cold too?
Why not try my really easy Cinnamon Apple Crumble to warm your belly …
Ingredients, which makes an A4 dish approximately 2/3 inches deep :
- 4-5 large apples
- 2 tbsp warm water
- 20g of sugar
- 1 tsp of cinnamon (or you could use apple pie spice!)
- 450g of plain flour
- 225g of white sugar
- 140g of butter
- With the apples – peel, core and slice enough to fill half the dish.
- Chop apples into pieces just shy of inch cubes and add 2tbsp of warm water, 20g of sugar and either the cinnamon or apple pie spice. Mix together with hands making sure to evenly coat all the apples with the different ingredients.
- For the Crumble – add flour, sugar and butter in a bowl, mixing together by rubbing the ingredients into a crumb like consistency.
- Pour crumbs over apples spreading evenly then gently compact.
- Pop in the oven and cook for about 45min at 180 degrees.
And there you have it, it really is that simple!
Serve with whatever accompaniment takes your fancy – whether its warm custard, or a few scoops of ice-cream! Just remember the crumble will be piping hot when it comes out of the oven, so leave to stand for a few minutes before digging in! The cinnamon gives it a really nice edge, and all works so well together with the sweetness of the crumble base. As you can see, our bowl wasn’t quite A4 size, so we ended up with a lovely thick topping .. Just how I like it .. Also smothered in warm custard!
Preserve the life of your crumble by keeping it refrigerated – it tastes just as good from cold, or even better when it has been warmed up in the microwave for a few minutes. You would never know that it had been made days before!
What is your favourite winter warmer?