Autumn Apples

It is Autumn in Sydney still, with a lovely sunny day today but a crisp and cool evening as the sun sets. Apples are in abundance and my inspiration for this post.

One of my favourite cosy, comforting desserts as the temperature drops is apple crumble. I used beautiful green granny smith apples, which are perfect for cooking because they retain some of their texture when cooked. I cook my crumble topping separately because I like the contrast in textures between the soft apples and crunchy crumble topping and want to exaggerate that contrast.

If you happen to have any left-over crumble topping, store in an airtight container and use again next time (or sprinkle on whatever takes your fancy).

Crumble ingredients

Cloves and apples are a classic combination, but because I didn’t want to have to go fishing whole cloves out at the end of the cooking process, and I didn’t have any ground cloves on hand, I used mixed spice instead.

What I was cooking this time last year: Spinach Dal

Apple Crumble

Serves 6

Ingredients

Crumble Topping

  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 50g butter
  • 125g walnuts

Baked Apple

  • 4 large granny smith apples
  • 50g butter
  • 50g brown sugar

Method

  • To make the crumble topping, add the oats, flour, brown sugar, butter and mixed spice to your food processor bowl.

Crumble ingredients

  • Process until everything is combined.

Crumble mixture

  • Transfer crumble mix to an oven proof dish and add the walnuts. Stir to combine.
  • To prepare your baked apples, add the butter, brown sugar and mixed spice to a saucepan.

Butter and sugar

  • Heat oven to 180°C.
  • Heat the butter and sugar mixture, stirring, until the butter is melted.

Caramel

  • Take the saucepan off the heat and prepare your apples.
  • Peel and core the apples, and slice.

Apples sliced

  • Add sliced apples to the saucepan and stir to coat in the butter and sugar mixture.

Caramel apples

  • Spoon the coated apples into 6 individual oven-proof serving dishes or 1 large oven-proof serving dish.

Apples ready for baking

  • Add the crumble mixture to a medium shelf in your pre-heated oven, and your apples to a bottom shelf.
  • Cook the apples and crumble for 30 minutes, stirring the crumble mixture occasionally to ensure it cooks evenly.
  • Remove your apples and crumble mix from the oven.
  • Spoon crumble mix on top of your baked apples. Serve with cream, ice-cream, custard or natural yoghurt. Enjoy.

Apple crumble

What is your favourite warming dessert? Has this post inspired any new ideas?

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2 Comments

Filed under Apple, Baking, Caramel, Oats, Recipes, Spices, Sweet, Vegetarian

2 responses to “Autumn Apples

  1. My sister’s favourite dessert is apple crumble! She loves it, especially with vanilla ice-cream. I’m not sure if I could pick my favourite dessert- I feel like I would be betraying all the other desserts I love so much haha!

  2. Jen

    this recipe has been around forever so that tells you it has to be good. What has special appeal is the memories it conjures of my grandmother.

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