Saturday, 19 April 2014

(Individual) Apple Crumble

Easier Made than Said, this Apple Crumble is Sweet and Zesty with a Perfectly Golden Crumb!
It is a winner everytime! No bargain!

Stress is not exactly the mood that one likes to be in!

I have been mentioning lately, this year is particularly a stressful year for me! Academically-speaking! Submitting my thesis two weeks ago, *innocently* led me to cloud nine! You know that feeling of achievement when you know you've reached completion of a 12000 words thesis, especially for an awful scribbler like me!!!


It may have seemed like I was already on holidays! Helas, it isn't the time for it yet! (I envy you secondary-school students!!!) Assignments and class tests never get weary of us, students, do they!? Forcefully, I had to get down of my little cloud, and deal with a skyrocketed level of stress with the never ending sighs and complaints (friends who know me, exactly know how whining I can get!)!


The reason why I am troubling you with these whimpers - I'm not!!!!! - is because when I am stressed I have the stomach of a blue whale (that eats around 40 million krills a day!). And, to feed my huge no-zip stomach and as a stress relief, I wanted to eat an apple crumble. See the thing, stress brings eating disorder which seems right at the moment!


On a serious note, apple is indeed known to reduce stress level and prevents Alzheimer's disease!


Apple Crumble is a classic and one of the easiest desserts out there. Sweet, zesty, warm, with a golden crumb, this apple crumble is a winner everytime! No bargain! Just don't argue! 


Eat this apple crumble on its own, or with a Crème Anglaise or Vanilla Ice cream, either way you cannot beat the heaven out of it!


Read on, to know how to please your tastebuds!

Serves 3 Individual Ramekins

Equipment:
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Saucepan
  • 3 Ramekins
  • Oven

Ingredients:

1. Apple Mix:
  • 2 Medium Apples, (cored, peeled and cut into even chunks)
  • Zest of half a Lemon (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp (30g) of Sugar (adjust to sweetness of apples)
  • 1 Tsp (5g) of Butter
  • Generous Pinch of Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Tsp (2.5ml) of Vanilla Extract
2. Crisp
  • 3 Tbsp (45g) of Butter (Chilled, and cut into cubes)
  • 2 Tbsp (30g) of Muscovado Sugar (or use white if you prefer)
  • 5 Tbsp (75g) of Flour
  • 2 Tbsp (30g) of Oats
  • 2 Tbsp (30g) of Chopped Nuts (Optional)
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Generous Pinch of Cinnamon
  • Generous Pinch of Nutmeg

Method:
  • Preheat oven to 200˚C.
  • Melt the butter in a saucepan at medium low heat.
  • Toss in the apple chunks, the sugar, the lemon zest, the cinnamon and the vanilla extract and let cook for 20 minutes or until soft, but not mushy.
  • Meanwhile, make the crumb. Combine the flour, the oats, cubes of butter in a bowl, the salt, the cinnamon and the nutmeg and rub with your fingertips until you get a coarse breadcrumb-like mixture.
  • To this mixture, add the sugar and the chopped nuts. Mix evenly.
  • Divide the softened apple chunks evenly into the ramekins and cover with equal portions of the crumbs.
  • Let bake for 20-25 minutes or until the crumble is golden brown and bubbling!
  • To enjoy this crumble at its best, drop a scoop of vanilla ice cream or drizzle some Crème Anglaise on top!



Note:
  • In the above photo, you will notice some orange-coloured peels, I actually had no lemon or orange at home, and substituted for a pinch of clementine zest!
  • The crumble mixture should be slightly moist, if it is too moist, just freeze it for some 10 minutes.
  • The Muscovado sugar will certainly add flavour to the crumble, but the downside is that it will be a little sandy. Feel free to use light brown sugar or golden caster sugar as alternatives.
  • If you do not want to make the crumb by hand, just toss everything in a food processor, and you'll be good to go!
  • I've left the skin of the apples on, it not only adds flavour but all the vitamins are present in the skin! So to add the little healthy kick, I left them on!
  • You can substitute 2 Tbsp of the All-Purpose Flour for Almond Flour to enhance the flavour and texture!

6 comments:

  1. Wow....wonderful apple crumbs..................really awesome and delicious.....love ur clicks soo much....my new post http://remyasbaking.blogspot.com/

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  2. Maravilhsoo!!! Preciso fazer e experimentar.

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  3. Looks so tempting. 1st pic stole the show :-)
    Ooh yes apple crumble is such a classic and you can never say no.

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  4. wow... individual servings sounds really interesting... instead of making a large pot, this is always better... u take such super awesome pics dear... keep it up...

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  5. Am in love with individual servings,very tempting crumble;;

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