What do you do when you visit Stanthorpe and buy half a case of apples? You eat a lot of apples. A lot. They are in your lunch box. They are an afternoon snack. They are morning tea. They are in fruit salad. They make their way onto the cheese plate. They are sitting in a pile on your dining room table, waiting to be consumed. There’s a need to be creative so apple consumption can be increased and the pile decreased.
This isn’t a traditional Apple Crumble. It’s an easy recipe that’s quick to make and just as quickly consumed. Some help from the microwave cuts the cooking time. You probably have all of the ingredients in the cupboard and sitting in a pile on your dining room table. It will cement its place as a weeknight dessert, combining a serve of fruit (or so we tell ourselves) with a simple crumbly topping. It’s a great last minute option.
Tips To Make It Quick
- There’s around 10 minutes prep and 20 minutes cooking time
- The difference in apple numbers depends on the size of the apples
- If you don’t have Granny Smith, try Pink Lady or Jonathans. Any apple is fine though.
- 50g of butter is 1/5th of a 250g block of butter
- White, raw or brown sugar or a combination is fine. Whatever you have in the cupboard.
- You can make up the crumble before or during dinner preparation and it can be put in the oven once everyone sits down to eat. It will be ready when everyone has finished their main meal.
- If you can, make a double batch of the crumble topping and freeze half in a ziplock bag to use in a second crumble for when you’re really in a hurry
At the end of the recipe are some ideas for extras, as long as you’re not a stickler for the ‘5 Ingredient’ catchphrase!
- 3-4 Granny Smith apples, peeled
- 3/4 cup plain flour
- 50g unsalted butter + pinch salt
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tspns cinnamon
- Pre-heat the oven to 200c (fan forced if you have one).
- Cut the apples into quarters lengthwise and the cut each piece in half lengthwise again. You should have 8 pieces. Cut each piece into 3 chunks.
- Place the apple chunks in a microwave proof container, cover and cook on high for 1 minute. You are looking to soften the apples slightly and speed up the cooking process. They shouldn’t be completely soft.
- Place apples into a greased baking dish approx 25 x 20cm. Sprinkle half the cinnamon (1 tspn) and 2 tspns of sugar over apples and gently toss to coat. Set aside.
- Place flour, the rest of the sugar and cinnamon in a mixing bowl. Cut butter into chunks and drop into bowl. Rub butter into flour using a light pinching motion with your fingertips, distributing it evenly. It takes a few minutes. The mixture should have the texture of sand. You can also use an old fashioned pastry blender or fork to help you break up the butter into the flour.
- Sprinkle the crumble topping evenly over the apples.
- Bake the crumble in the oven for 20 minutes or until top has browned and apple is cooked (don’t worry – it will be!)
- Serve with ice cream, cream or custard. Or all of them.
Serves 4 – 6
+ 1/4 cup coconut or rolled oats to the topping
+ a small handful of sultanas or chopped prunes to the apple filling
+ chopped walnuts, hazelnuts or pecans to the topping
+ dribble 1 tablespoon of maple syrup instead of the sugar, over the apples