Almost Free Apple Crumble
So I have been making this Apple Crumble with my mum since I can remember and I'm now instilling it into Darcy (aptly named Gruffalo Crumble) which she's loving.
The best bit about this recipe is the simplicity, there's really not much to this and the main ingredient - the apples are free. Whilst most the other ingredients you'll have in your cupboards anyhow.
I've tried to convert it roughly to grams in order to measure this but once you've made it a couple of times you will get a feel as to how many apples etc.. you need.
Couple of rules when picking apples, don't pick anything from the floor, these have been eaten half to death by the bugs and most importantly they drop when their ready so they've most probably past their due date. Pick those that are ready to fall, so you shouldn't have to force it off the tree it should come with out a fight.
Ingredients for the crumble:
- 300g plain flour, sieved
- 175g brown sugar, I've used anything from muscovado to golden caster
- 200g unsalted butter, spoonfuls at a time
- Knob of butter for greasing
Ingredients for the filling:
- 450g apples (usually 5), peeled, cored and cut into 1cm/½in pieces
- 50g unrefined brown sugar (as above)
- 1 tbsp plain flour
- 1 pinch of ground cinnamon
How to Make:
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
Place the flour and sugar in a large bowl and mix well. Taking a spoonfuls of butter at a time to rub into the flour mixture. This is where the little ones can get involved and as messy as they like. Keep rubbing until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
Place the fruit in a large bowl and sprinkle over the sugar, flour and cinnamon. Stir well being careful not to break up the fruit.
Butter a 24cm/9in ovenproof dish. Spoon the fruit mixture into the bottom, then sprinkle the crumble mixture on top.
Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes until the crumble is browned and the fruit mixture bubbling.