Baked it myself: Apple Crumble

baked it myself

I’m a big believer in cooking and baking from scratch whenever you can, always nervous about what I might find in pre-made food.  I wasn’t always this way, quite happily filling my cart with boxes of ready meals and ready deserts but once I realised how easy most of the food I liked to eat was, and how much more able I was to control the ingredients, I became hooked.

Now, the kitchen is my favourite room in the house, and I value the time I get to spend with my daughter cooking and baking.  This weekend we made a family favourite, apple crumble, baked to a family recipe.  There isn’t a lot to making crumble, which is one of the reasons I like it (anything with more than five steps has a tendency to put me off!).

If you fancy giving it a go you will need:

  • 4 x large cooking apples – peeled, cored, and sliced (the weight for these is approximately 750g)
  • 3 tablespoons of light muscovado sugar
  • 150g plain flour
  • 75g ground almonds (which you can replace with plain flour)
  • 100g cold butter – cut into cubes
  • 60g caster sugar


1. Put the sliced apples in a large pan, sprinkle over the sugar, pour over 1/3rd cup (about five tablespoons) of water.  Put the pan on a low heat and simmer for about 10 minutes.  I put a lid on the pan and leave as it.  Some apples (those at the bottom) will break down more than others, which I like as you end up with different textures.  Once the apples are cooked put in your serving dish.

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2.  Make the crumble topping by putting the flour, ground almonds, and butter in a bowl.  Rub the ingredients together till they form a crumb.  Then stir in the sugar.  Cover the apples with the crumble.  You can always add a little more muscovado sugar here to make the topping a sweeter and get a browner colour when cooked.

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3.  Bake in the oven at fan 160°C, 350°F, or Gas 4 for 30 minutes or until the apples are bubbling through at the edges and the crumble is a nice, golden, brown.

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And that’s it.  Simple and oh so tasty.  The apples will be tart so sweeten with cream, ice-cream or custard (my personal favourite!).



p.s. For those that are interested in the difference between home made and shop bought, if I was buying this, it would be from Tesco – my local store.  These are the ingredients in their apple crumble (taken from their website):

Apple (44%), Wheat Flour, Sugar, Breadcrumbs, Water, Butter (Milk) (4%), Margarine, Dark Brown Soft Sugar, Cornflour, Oats, Rapeseed Oil, Honey, Pastuerised Egg White, Apple contains: Apple, Apple Purée, Breadcrumbs contains: Wheat Flour, Water, Soya Flour, Salt, Calcium Sulphate, Palm Oil, Rapeseed Oil, Fermented Wheat Flour, Enzymes, Yeast, Margarine contains: Palm Oil, Rapeseed Oil, Water, Salt, Citric Acid, Wheat Flour contains: Wheat Flour, Calcium Carbonate, Iron, Thiamin, Niacin



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