Who can resist the smell of spicy apples baking in the oven? This easy apple crumble with
juicy apples and crispy crumble will surely warm your soul on a cold winter’s day.
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Text: Natasha Liviero
Warm apple crumble
Makes 1 x 24cm crumble
800g green apples (tart apples like
Granny Smith works well)
90g granulated sugar
3g ground mixed spice
Zest of 1 orange (optional)
For the crumble:
50g granulated sugar
50g light brown sugar
Pinch of salt
90g butter, cold and cubed
120 pecans, roughly chopped
Set oven to 2000C.
Butter a 24cm pie dish (or any dish of a similar size).
Peel and core the apples. Chop roughly into 2cm pieces.
Place apples, sugar, mixed spice and zest, if using, in a pan and heat until apples soften slightly and sugar has melted - around 12 minutes on medium heat.
Prepare the crumble by combining the sugars, flour, salt, oats and butter in a bowl. Mix the butter into the dry ingredients with your fingertips until it resembles sea sand. Mix in the pecans.
Pour the apples and any juices into the dish.
Distribute the crumble evenly over the apples. Don’t worry if the crumble becomes soft and dough-like; it will still be crisp once baked.
Bake for 30 minutes, until the crumble is golden brown and the apples have softened.
Best eaten warm and served with whipped cream, custard or vanilla ice cream.