And just like that, Christmas is over again. I hope everyone had a good one! I spent Christmas with my family, eating delicious food and having fun together. As always, I was in charge of making dessert, and I decided to make two crumbles: one with pear and raspberry, and this one, a spiced apple crumble with raisins.
It’s basically a deconstructed apple pie and tastes absolutely delicious. So delicious, in fact, that I made both crumbles again for the Christmas dinner I’m having with a bunch of my friends today. It doesn’t hurt that this crumble is extremely easy to make. It’s the perfect dessert to whip up when you don’t have much time but want something really good anyway. It’s even better with some vanilla ice cream or whipped cream (or both!) on the side.
Either way, my family really enjoyed it! What did you have for dessert at Christmas? Was it any good?
- 600 g apples, peeled and cut into pieces
- 200 g raisins
- 2 tablespoons speculaas or almond liqueur
- lemon juice of half a lemon
- 1 heaped tablespoon light brown sugar
- 100 g plain flour
- 50 g almond meal
- 6 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 100 g cane sugar
- 100 g salted butter (in cubes)
- a pinch of salt
- almond flakes
- an oven/casserole dish
- and an oven, of course! This crumble needs to be baked at 180 °C (don’t forget to preheat your oven!)
Tip! If you live in the Netherlands you can make things a little easier for yourself by using “Speculaas en Koekkruiden” (available at the supermarket) instead of the cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. If you choose to do this you’ll need 1 tablespoon of the “Speculaas en Koekkruiden” to replace the other spices. That’s what I did as well, so if you have the option of using the speculaas spices, I recommend doing so.
So, let’s get baking!
1. Prepare the fruit and the dish Peel and core your apples, cut them into pieces and put them into a bowl, together with the raisins. Add the 2 tablespoons of liqueur, the lemon juice and the heaped tablespoon of light brown sugar and mix everything together. Now, butter your oven dish, and then transfer the mixture into it.
2. Prepare the crumble Take another bowl and put in the flour, almond meal, can sugar, salt and spices, and mix it together with a spoon. Then, add the butter in cubes and use your hands to mix it all together, until the mixture looks like rough crumbs.
3. Add the crumble to the dish and sprinkle with almond flakes Now, it’s time to divide the crumble over the fruit in the dish. It’s okay to still see fruit through the crumble, just make sure it’s evenly spread out over it. Now, as a finishing touch, sprinkle some almond flakes over the top.
4. Bake that crumble! Put your dish into your preheated oven, and bake the crumble for about 25 to 30 minutes (the top needs to be slightly golden brown). There will be a lot of juice at the bottom of the dish, but that’s okay, it’s meant to be that way.
And that’s it! Very easy, but very delicious – enjoy!