Apple crumble recipe

Apple crumble recipe

Make the most of your cooking apples and bake them up into a delicious crumble. A classically comforting Irish bake, it features juicy Bramleys and an oaty topping. If you fancy mixing things up, why not add 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon or ginger to the apples and swap the oats for chopped nuts?

Prep time: 10 mins minutes

Cook time: 50 mins minutes

Servings: 4 people

Preparation

1. Heat oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. Place the Bramley apples, caster sugar, vanilla and 1.5 tbsp of water in a saucepan and gently cook for a few minutes until the apples have softened. Taste and add a little more sugar if needed, depending on how tart the apples are. Transfer to a greased ovenproof dish.

2. Place the flour, demerera sugar and butter into a mixing bowl and rub with your fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the oats. Scatter onto the apples and then sprinkle the extra sugar on top. Bake for 40-45 minutes until golden and bubbling. Serve with custard, cream or ice cream.

Freezing and defrosting guidelines

Allow to cool completely. Wrap well in clingfilm and tin foil (to prevent freezer burn) and freeze for up to 3 months.

Loosen the tin foil and clingfilm but leave to defrost in packaging at room temperature for several hours before serving. If you wish to serve the baked goods warm, place on a baking sheet for 10 minutes in a moderate oven.

Ingredients

  • 650g (1lb) cooking apples, peeled, cored and diced into small chunks
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 110g (4oz) self-raising flour
  • 40g (1 1/2oz) demerera sugar, plus 1 tbsp for sprinkling
  • 40g (1 1/2oz) cold salted butter, diced
  • 2 tbsp rolled oats
  • custard, cream or ice cream to serve

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