Why is it the BEST apple crumble recipe? It's because the crumble is easy and simply to make and oh so delicious! I had always made the crumble to the original recipe and by adding flour meant you had to cook it in the oven for an extra 30-40 minutes. Who has time to heat/cook it again when the apples are already hot and the crumble can be eaten at room temperature! Also I wanted to tweak it with new ingredients to add more taste and crunch.
What!? I hear the traditional cooks say. All the ingredients in the crumble can be eaten uncooked. I promise you will love the smell of the mixture when you combine it and it's so much better when you try it. Now, I'm not discouraging this dessert dish to not be cooked. In the cooler seasons eating the crumble cooked in the oven or under the grill is just as good, but in the cooler months you can eat it uncooked sprinkled on top. It's your choice!
So let's begin...
Use 4-6 green apples as it has a tartier taste to match the sweetness of the crumble. If you have only red apples, add extra lemon rind. Or not if you love extra sweetness. No apples? use pears. Run out of sugar? use honey or maple syrup.
In Australia we love our Weetbix and Nutri-grain, in America your Nutri-grain are oat bars. You can substitute this with Cheerios Honey or use Cheerios without the sugar.
Best to have the butter at room temperature. Cut it in to small cubes to soften quicker.
Mix the dry ingredients with your fingertips,
- 1 cup crushed cereal
- 1/4 cup desiccated coconut
- 1/2 to 1 cup cup quick oats, not rolled
- 1/4 cup choppped almonds
- 1/2 t cinnamon powder
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup brown sugar to taste
- 50g-80g butter at room temperature (soften), add more/less until crumble sticks together.
All measurements can be altered according to personal taste.
For the health conscious, you can alternate:
- brown sugar to organic maple syrup, stevia or honey, even in the saucepan for the stewed apples.
- add dates
- along with the almonds, add walnuts, hazelnuts and/or LSA mix or almond meal.
- gluten free recipe? click here
- lessen the sugar quantity
- substitute the sweeter cereal to a sugar-free or low in sugar such as Cheerios, I read on the site it contains 1g of sugar
- serve it with yoghurt or coconut cream or ice-cream.
This is when we get excited, the eating! Serve it on it's own or with cream or ice-cream. For extra naughtiness, add pieces of good quality chocolate in the apples (not while in the saucepan, the ramekins).
I wish you can smell this delicious desert now. Enjoy my friends!
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