When one suffers from less than optimal circulation in the extremities, they certainly know when the days are shortening and the evenings cooling. To rectify this and to warm the cockles there was only one thing for it. Apple crumble.
- 6 to 8 large apples
- 250g unsalted butter
- 150g sugar – muscavado or demerara
- Dried fruits – a handful of any you want to include
- 175g flour
- 75g butter
- 50g caster sugar
- Handful of demerara/muscavado for the top
- Flaked almonds – if you want them, as many as you deem fit
Start by putting the apples, unsalted butter and devilishly dark sugar in a pan. Let it bubble and goop away until it reaches the consistency that you think is best. Then mix in any dried fruits that you are using.
Put this mixture in to a suitable oven proof dish and then crumble away. Rub the butter and flour together until you get the texture of fine breadcrumbs. I start by using a knife and then move on to using hands. Stir in the caster sugar and then sprinkle the best bit (crumble) on the top.
If you feel like it (who wouldn’t) put some muscavado/demerara sugar over the top and then some flaked almonds. Put into a preheated oven at 190C for about 45 minutes or until the top is golden brown.