Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Apple crumble (or apple crisp in the United States) is a dessert made with baked apple slices, topped with a cinnamon-y crisp streusel crust. It made its first appearance in print in 1924, in the book Everybody’s Cook Book: A Comprehensive Manual of Home Cookery by Isabel Ely Lord. Although it is a relatively modern dessert, apple crumble has become a common staple across North America and Britain, especially during fall/autumn.
Before I bore you further with the history of this dish, here is how you can make it yourself at home. This recipe is super easy to make and can serve 4 to 6 people.
Ingredients for apple base:
- 5 large cooking apples (peeled, cored and cut into small pieces)
- 1 Tbsp sugar (more can be added if the apples are not very sweet)
- ¼ cup water
Step 1: In a small pot, add the above ingredients and stew the apples on low for 10 minutes until they become tender. If you have any left-over water in the pot, save it to drink later.
Step 2: Empty the apples into a baking tin, and spread them out evenly.
Ingredients for crumble:
- ¾ cup self-rising flour
- ¾ cup rolled oats
- 3 Tbsp vegan butter/margarine
- 2 Tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
Step 1: Preheat oven to 180C/350F.
Step 2: Place the flour, oats, sugar, salt, and ground cinnamon into a bowl and mix well. Chop up the vegan butter/margarine into small cubes, and add this to the flour mixture. Mix well until you get an evenly crumbled mixture.
Step 3: Now pour the crumble over the apples and bake till the top is golden brown – around 40 minutes. Rotate once in between so the sides bake evenly.
Step 4: Serve hot topped with a scoop of vegan ice cream or melted chocolate, or both!
Note: the apples in this dessert can be replaced with pears, berries, or peaches. Use more sugar when using tart fruits like blueberry. Adjust sugar according to the sweetness of the fruit.
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