Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Simple Apple crumble recipe + streusel loaf experiment

Apple surfeit? Don't mind if I do. Yes, it is, yet again, a post involving apples (a lot) and cinnamon (a little). Well, in my defense they do taste great together.
So, while I was visiting my parents, I thought I would make my dad an apple streusel cake. But my mother didn't have any small sandwich tins. She did, however, have a 1lb loaf tin. So I thought I'd try using that.
Unfortunately, she also has a fan oven. Mine is gas and old as the earth. So my time conversions were a little off and it got a wee bit burnt on the outside as you can see below. It still tasted good though.

It also tasted pretty damn good served with cream. I may try serving it with ice cream next time.

So, basically, the aforementioned apple streusel cake recipe works well enough in a small loaf tin, but you do need to fudge the cooking times a wee bit.

Anyway, after I had made that, I had some streusel topping and apples left. I didn't want to waste them, so I thought "Ooo. Apple crumble".
Of course I had no recipe, so I just made one up. Below is the basic recipe, but it can generally be adjusted to taste, I imagine.

Basic apple crumble


3 apples
1 tsp cinnamon
handful raisins
1 tbsp brown sugar

Crumble topping:

2 tbsp butter
40g sugar
58g plain flour
(these measurements are approximate. If the crumble is too sticky, add more flour, if it is too dry, add more butter.)

Preheat oven to 180c

  1. Peel, core and slice the apples
  2. Place in a saucepan with the cinnamon, raisins, brown sugar and enough water to cover them.
  3. Cover and stew till soft
  4. While the apples are stewing, rub the flour into the butter until it forms crumbs.
  5. Stir the sugar into the flour mixture
  6. Spoon the apple mixture into a 15cm pyrex dish and cover with the crumble
  7. Sprinkle some extra sugar and cinnamon on top to taste
  8. Bake in the oven for around 40 minutes or until golden brown

This dish is best served warm with either cream or ice cream. As you can see below, it is very popular and when you come back to take a photo of it most of it may have disappeared.