Tuesday 8 March 2011


My sweet tooth decided to flare up at 11pm last night, but the cupboards were bare and the local shops were all closed.
Not that they actually cater to my sweet tooth. The best they do is Romany Creams or Cadbury’s chocolates.

While desperately searching through the cupboards for ingredients to whip up something, without much hope of success, my eye happened to fall on the Granny Smith apples in the basket on the kitchen counter.

Slowly, out of the cobwebs of my mind, a solution reared its head.

Apple Crumble!

Simple, quick and easy with very basic ingredients.
1 ½ cups plain cake flour or whole wheat if you prefer
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon fine cinnamon
2 tablespoons honey or sugar
6 tablespoons butter at room temperature
3 apples, peeled, cored and sliced. (Red apples are best but you can use any apples)
½ cup brown sugar

In a mixing bowl, add flour, salt and butter.
Mix this thoroughly with a fork or your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add more flour if the texture is too wet.
Now add the brown sugar and mix in.

Peel the apples and cut into quarters. Core the quarters and then slice thinly.

Grease an ovenproof pyrex or ceramic dish with butter.
Sprinkle a thin layer of the flour mixture on the bottom of the dish and press flat.
Now spread the sliced apple over this.
Sprinkle evenly with fine cinnamon and sugar or honey.
Cover evenly with the remainder of the flour mix.

Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for 35-40min, or until the crust is golden brown.
If you prefer, you can also enhance the colour and texture of the crust by grilling on the top shelf for about 45 seconds, but be careful not to burn it.

Allow to cool and serve with whipped cream, ice-cream or vanilla custard.
Serves 4-5

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