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.
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.
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.
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