One of my favourite desserts is fruit crumble; it could be any fruit: apple, pear, blueberry, whatever just let me eat it!
I had a craving for crumble after yesterday’s roast dinner, however I decided to add a twist to the classic British pud…I created toffee apples. It was sooooo good and extremely comforting. I was only experimenting but will definitely make it again in the future!
Again this is another easy peasy recipe that will help you to use up some cupboard items and apples if you’ve just been staring at them rather than actually eating them (like I had). There’s no need for you to use cooking apples for this dish, ordinary eating apples will do, trust me! I happened to get mine from my new favourite supermarket Lidl for a lovely £1.49.
For the toffee flavouring:
100 fl oz of water
2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
3 tablespoons of golden syrup
1 cap of vanilla essence
1 1/2 tablespoons of butter (I just used Clover, but you could use unsalted butter)
For the fruit base
5 gala apples peeled, cored and chopped into little wedges (use more if you are using a bigger dish)
For the crumble topping:
150g plain flour
1 tablespoon of oats
100g of granulated sugar
1 tablespoon of Demerara sugar (optional)
100g of butter (add another teaspoon or two if you feel that the mixture is too dry)
2 caps of vanilla essence
1.Preheat your oven to gas mark 5/ 170.c for fan ovens/190.c for electric ovens
2.Add the apples to a pot and cover in boiling water. Heat until the apples have become slightly soft and then take off the heat.
3.In a small pot, add the water and sugar. Heat until the sugar melts and the water comes to a boil.
4.Lower the temperature and then add the golden syrup, vanilla and butter, stirring until they melt. Bring back up to the boil again.
5.Drain the apples and add them to the toffee flavouring. Fold all of the apples in until they are covered in the liquid and then leave them to cools and absorb the flavour.
6.Whilst you leave the apples to cool, create the crumble topping: Add the flour, oats and sugar to a mixing bowl.
7. Next add the vanilla and butter then use your fingers to rub the ingredients together until it forms crumbs (I like to form big crumbs to create a crunchier texture- you can achieve this by adding a little more butter if the texture is too dry, but not so much so that the texture becomes sticky).
8. Spoon the apples from the toffee mixture into an ovenproof dish. Add a few spoonfuls of the toffee juice too for extra flavour.
9. Sprinkle the crumble topping over the apples until they are all covered. For extra crunch, you could sprinkle some Demerara sugar on top which will caramelise.
10. Put the crumble in the oven on the top shelf and bake for 20 minutes. Check to see if the topping is golden brown, if not leave in for a further 5-10 minutes.
11. Leave to cool until warm and then serve with lashings of custard, yum!