|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
- Measuring Spoons
- 3 Ramekins
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
- 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
- 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!
- 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!