I think I prefer apple crumble to apple pie, it warming, nostalgic and so quintessentially British.
This recipe is so simple but really does make the perfect crumble. I made this the other day and Baby Love officially awarded it title of best crumble ever. The great thing is you can vary the ingredients in so many ways you are bound to find a crumble perfect for you.
Sorry I didn't get a picture, I totally forgot and one second the crumble was there and the next it was gone!
Please don't let that put you off, this recipe literally takes 10 minutes to put together and has never ever gone wrong.
3 medium cooking apples
6oz / 180g granulated sugar
4oz / 120g butter
5oz / 150g self-raising flour
1/2 cup oats
3/4 tsp cinnamon
Preheat your oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 5.
Start by making the crumble mixture. I prefer to use my hands for this but you could use a fork or electric blender. Rub the butter into the flour using your finger tips until you have a texture like fine breadcrumbs. This will take about three minutes. (At this stage you can add 1/2 cup of oats to the mixture if desired).
Add 4 (not all 6) ounces of sugar to the breadcrumb mixture and mix together well. This will make the mixture look even more like breadcrumbs.
Set your crumble mixture aside and peel your apples. Cut each one into quarters and then cut out the core from these sections. Slice the apple quarters - not too thinly, about six slices per section.
Put the apple slices into a casserole dish. (You can add a sprinkling of cinnamon now if desired).
Sprinkle the remaining 2 ounces of sugar evenly over the apples and then evenly spread the crumble mixture over the sugared apples.
Put the dish into the centre of your preheated oven for 40 minutes.
When the crumble is cooked you can place under a hot grill for a minute to further brown the top.
Beware the crumble will stay boiling hot for an hour or so.
Serve hot of cold with ice cream or custard.