I think apple crumble was the first thing I cooked in high school. I had a class called Home Economics, where we were taught not only how to cook, but how to run a home. Very provincial – right? Nonetheless, I was taught well. My apple crumble is a thing of beauty. This baby will melt in your mouth, but not before alerting all your other senses to take note and enjoy!
There are a couple of surprises in this apple crumble, I’ve added a little more to the traditional apple filling – a sprinkling of fresh ginger and a handful of raisins. Adding these two ingredients really punch up the flavors of the apple crumble it’s wild on the tongue.
I like to test my recipes before sharing them with you, to make sure I have the right balance of flavors and that I am satisfied with the final result. My friends and family were more than pleased to taste test this desert until I was happy to publish the recipe. Cousin Tracy devoured a portion during one of our girls night in and took another portion home. Now ordinarily there would be nothing strange about this, as I’ve mentioned before, my friends and family really enjoy my food. The oddity lies in the fact that Tracy doesn’t like apple-based desserts, particularly those with cooked apples – well so she thought! I imagine the addition of ginger and raisins peaked her palate’s interest, plus the crumble topping is so crumbly, it begs to be eaten.
As you can see I made three individual deserts in 6.5 inch skillets rather than one large one, but don’t worry, the same quantities of ingredients will create a singular apple crumble in a deep 9 inch square ovenproof dish.
Apple crumble is relatively easy to make, and can be eaten cold or hot. I would suggest topping with dulche de leche or vanilla ice cream if serving hot or thick cream if serving cold.
- 3 cups flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter (cut into small pieces)
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon (divide into two equal parts)
- Pinch of salt
- 3 pink lady apples
- 2 golden delicious apples
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 inch fresh ginger (finely grate over apples when required)
- Add flour, sugar, rolled oats, salt and half the quantity of cinnamon to a large mixing bowl and combine.
- Add butter and then rub ingredients between your fingertips until you arrive at a coarse crumb and then set aside.
- Peel and core apples and then slice into 1/4 inch slices.
- Layer apple slices at the bottom of your ovenproof dish.
- Pour lemon juice over apples evenly and then sprinkle raisins and then the rest of the cinnamon over apples.
- Add ginger using grater, just a thin even layer.
- Top with crumble mix a cup at a time until apples are thoroughly covered. Lightly press down on crumble to keep in place.
- Place in a preheated oven at 375 and cook until apple is tender and crumble is golden brown - approx. 1 hour.
- Remove from oven and let cool a little.
- Serve while still warm with dulche de leche or vanilla ice cream.