There’s nothing that delivers the taste of autumn quite like an apple crumble. Crumble is probably one of my favourite desserts. I neglect it really, thinking maybe it’s too simple, but there’s never any complaints when I serve one up. I just love when the fruit bubbles up around the edges making the crumble topping tacky and just oh so delicious.
There are so many ways you can make a crumble topping be it with oats, flour or ground almonds. This is my version which you probably won’t be shocked to see is made from my favourite grain-oats. I add plenty of spices in to give it some warmth and extra comfort.
The final debate with a crumble- what do you serve it with? As kids we would usually have fresh pouring cream. If we were getting fancy we may have had custard. Both of these are utterly delicious however in recent years I have come to the discover the joys of cold ice cream on hot crumble and it is by far my favourite combination.
I serve mine with Alpro Vanilla ice-cream, which taste unbelievable and just like the real thing ,not a word of a lie.
Apple Crumble (serves 6)
1kg of Apples, peeled, cored and chopped into 1cm cubes
Zest of 1 x Lemon
Juice of ½ Lemon
200g of Oats
100g Vegan Spread, I used Flora
65g of Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon of Cinnamon
½ teaspoon of Ground Ginger
¼ teaspoon of Ground Nutmeg
¼ teaspoon of Salt
- Preheat the oven to 180℃
- Place the chopped apples into a large baking dish and add in the lemon zest and lemon juice. Toss everything together until all of the apple is coated, this will stop them turning brown whilst you get on with the topping.
- Melt the spread and set aside to cool
- Take ½ the oats and place in a food processor. Blitz the oats until they form a flour.
- Add the oat flour, remaining oats, sugar, spices and salt into a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine.
- Now pour over the melted spread. Stir through until everything is combined and you have a flapjack like mixture.
- Pour the crumble topping over the apples, spreading evenly.
- Place the crumble in the oven for 40 minutes. You may need to cover with foil halfway through to prevent burning.
- You’ll know it’s cooked when the apples are soft and the crumble is nice and golden.
- Once cooked remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.
Serve with your favourite accompaniment- I choose ice-cream always!