|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: 4 to 6|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 18g||23%|
|Saturated Fat 11g||54%|
|Total Carbohydrate 63g||23%|
|Dietary Fiber 3g||9%|
|Total Sugars 33g|
|Vitamin C 4mg||18%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Puddings and desserts are the backbones of British food and they are renowned throughout the world because of their wonderful balance of flavors. Although crumbles come in many guises and can be both sweet and savory, apple is the most popular and one of the most quintessential British sweet treats that have been adopted in cuisines around the world. The closest in the American tradition is the apple crisp, but this version includes most times the oats that the classic British dish lacks.
Delicious British apples, which are at their best in the autumn and winter, are the core of this dish. We love Bramley apples, considered the best apples for cooking because of their balance between sugar and acid, but other apples like Jonagold, Pink Lady, Mutsu, or Honeycrisp are also great. Simply avoid the really hard varieties such as the Granny Smith, as they don't break down in the same way and can stay too hard even after cooking.
Classically served warm with a side of custard, the crumble can also be served with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
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For the Filling:
1 pound apples, such as Bramleys or other medium-to-soft apples
Pinch ground cinnamon, optional
2 tablespoons golden caster sugar
For the Topping:
6 ounces all-purpose flour (or plain flour)
4 ounces golden caster sugar
4 ounces butter, cold
1 cup custard, or to taste
1 pint vanilla ice cream, optional
Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this apple crumble dessert is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and baking.
Prepare the Filling
Gather the ingredients.
Preheat the oven to 375 F/180 C/Gas 5.
Peel, core, and chop the apples into chunky pieces. Don't cut the apples too small because when cooked they could disintegrate, and you want the cooked fruit to have some texture.
Place the apples in a mixing bowl and sprinkle with the 2 tablespoons of sugar and optional cinnamon.
Arrange the apples into a shallow baking dish, approximately 9 x 7 inches. Reserve.
Make the Topping
Gather the ingredients.
In a large baking bowl, place the flour and sugar. Cut the butter into small pieces and add to the bowl.
Using your hands, rub the butter into the flour and sugar until you have a very coarse mixture. It doesn't have to feel or look even, as this is quite a rustic dish and works well with an irregular texture.
Alternatively, make the crumble mixture in a food processor by placing all the topping ingredients into the processor and pulsing them until you get a coarse mixture. Do not overmix.
Evenly sprinkle the topping over the apples, but be sure there aren't parts of the topping that are too thick as it will not crisp up, nor allow the apples to cook nicely.
Place the dish into the preheated oven and bake until golden, about 30 minutes. The apples will appear bubbling through from underneath.
Remove from the oven and let the dish rest for 5 minutes before serving.
Serve with custard or vanilla ice cream.
What is Caster Sugar? Can I Make it at Home?
Sometimes found as "castor" sugar, this superfine sugar is usually used in baking, as it won't weigh down batters because of a finer texture that's between powdered )confectioners') sugar and granulated sugar. Also known as fine sugar, you can find caster sugar in the United States under the names baker's sugar and bar sugar as well. Its name comes from a shaker called a "caster" in which this type of sugar was kept to sprinkle on food.
Golden caster sugar is unrefined and tends to be more golden in color.
If you are unable to find caster sugar you can make your own at home:
- Per each cup of caster sugar that the recipe calls for, use one cup plus to tablespoons of regular sugar. Process the sugar in a high-speed blender, spice grinder, or food processor, but don't let it become powder. You want a finer texture than common sugar, but not powder like confectioners' sugar. Pass the processed sugar through a sieve before using.