So if you didn't know, I made this apple crumble last year but I was lazy and just bought a crumble mix to top the apples and I promised at some point I would make the crumble from scratch and do a new recipe, well here is that recipe! Apple crumble is great at any time of year but especially right now when you just want to curl up with some cosy comfort food. As usual, I got the recipe from BBCGoodFood, it used very simple ingredients and takes less than an hour including all the mixing and cooking!
For the crumble:
300g Plain Flour
Pinch of Salt
175g Brown Sugar
200g Unsalted Butter, softened
For the filling:
450g Cooking Apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
50g Brown Sugar
1 tbsp Plain Flour
Pinch of Ground Cinnamon
Preheat your oven to 180C/ 160 Fan/ Gas Mark 4. Put flour, salt, and sugar in a large bowl and combine well into a grainy mixture. Slowly add the butter a bit at a time, using your hands pick up the mixture and push the butter and mixture through your hands. Keep doing this until you have a breadcrumb consistency (it's ok if some pieces are bigger than others, it looks more rustic that way).
Now to make the filling! Place your apple slices in a greased tray/roasting tin, sprinkle over the sugar, flour, and cinnamon and combine it all together with a spoon. Be careful not to break up the fruit!
Sprinkle the crumble mixture over the top of the apple filling, add as much as you can evenly over the apple filling making sure the filling is fully covered and there aren’t any large gaps. I just sprinkled some more cinnamon on top before I put it in the oven, I was worried I'd overdone it on the cinnamon but it cooked out a bit and wasn’t overpowering at all.
Now, just bake in the oven for 40-45 mins until the fruit is bubbling and the crumble is brown and crispy!
I love an apple crumble at the best of times but this one was delicious! The crumble was crunchy but still lovely and soft the closer you got to the apple. My apples were from frozen but they cooked nicely and were soft and stewed in that lovely cinnamon and sugar mix. The recipe was so simple and uses such basic ingredients that anyone at any level could give it a go, even kids who are looking to make a delicious dessert!
The only thing that would have made this better was some creamy custard, maybe I'll try making that next time!