Easy Peasy Fool Proof Apple Crumble

1 Nov

I was given some late harvested apples by the mother of one of my Guides just before Half Term and with the evenings becoming darker (and colder) I thought it was the perfect excuse to make a wholesome apple crumble and share my recipe with you.

This is such a quick and simple recipe; if you ever have some spare cooking apples (or are lucky enough to be given some like me) then you’ll most likely have butter or margarine in the fridge and flour and sugar in your cupboard so can whip this up in no time!

Prep time (about) 20 minutes

Cooking time 40 minutes

 

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 Large cooking apples (these home grown apples were tiny!)
  • 6 oz (170 grams) Unsalted butter or margarine – softened
  • 6 oz Granulated sugar – Caster works fine too (4 oz for the crumble and 2 oz to sprinkle over the apples)
  • 10 oz (280 grams) Plain or self-raising flour

First things first!

Preheat your oven! It needs to be on Gas Mark 4 / 180°C / 350° or  for a fan assisted oven Gas Mark 4 / 170°C .

Equipment

You will need:

  • Weighing scales
  • Large mixing bowl (to prepare the crumble)
  • Fork to mix the crumble
  • A deep oven proof casserole style dish or baking tray
  • Peeler (to peel your apples)
  • Small vegetable knife or apple corer (if you’re posh)

Ready, Steady, COOK!

So you’ve got all your ingredients and equipment at the ready, your hands are nicely washed (they better be) and now you’re ready to start your crumble.

It’s best to start with the crumble first as, once peeled, the apples quickly start turning brown. This doesn’t affect the taste but we want your apples to look pretty!

If you haven’t already done so, weigh out your ingredients. It’s best to start with the dry ingredients; sugar first (remembering you need 4 oz for the crumble 2oz for the apples) then the flour and lastly the butter.

To make it easier to work with, I find it best to roughly cube the butter with a knife.

 Now for the fun stuff! Put the flour into your mixing bowl and add the butter. Using the fork, start breaking down the butter and combining with the flour and continue until you have just small lumps remaining.

Right, you need to get your hands dirty for the next bit! Once you’re at this stage, put down the fork and delve in with your hands! Lightly rub the flour between your fingers, smoothing out the lumps until it becomes the consistency of wet sand (don’t worry if there are still a few small lumps of butter, this makes it look rustic and homemade)

Next add the sugar and stir in with the fork until mixed evenly. Your crumble mixture is now ready to go! Set aside and grab your apples.

Now to begin peeling.

Once peeled, cut your apples in half and half again, then carefully remove the core with a small vegetable knife. Your apples pieces should look something like this:

Once they’ve all been peeled, quartered and cored, place them into the bottom of your oven proof dish.

Sprinkle on the remainder of your sugar evenly over the apples and follow with the crumble mixture.

Even out the crumble topping, making sure all your apples are covered.

Now all that’s left is to bake your crumble! Place into your preheated oven on the middle shelf and cook for 40 minutes. It should be nicely golden by then but if not, place under a medium grill for a few minutes, keeping an eye on it so it doesn’t burn.

And there you have it, my Easy Peasy Fool Proof Apple Crumble, complete… I told you it was easy! Best served with fresh custard. My Mum always made it from the Bird’s powder but if anyone has a simple custard recipe from scratch, get in touch. I’d love to try it.

I hope you try out this recipe! It really is simple and easy and tastes amazing, perfect comfort food for these chilly Autumn evenings. Let me know how you get on!

Love Daisy x

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