Apple Crumble

Who doesn’t love a good crumble? Ages ago, I posted a recipe for a crumble with pear and berries, but today I’ve got a true classic for you all: an apple crumble! As with any apple dish, I also added a splash of almond liqueur because that’s just smart thinking.

I made this one last week for my birthday dinner with my family, and everyone loved it. The crumble was gone in its entirety before I knew it! I served it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, which made it even more delicious. It was the perfect dessert for a wonderful evening!

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You’ll need…

  • 700 g apples (approximately)
  • 75 g raisins
  • zest of half a lemon
  • optional: 2 or 3 tablespoons of amaretto (almond liqueur)
  • 100 g plain flour
  • 50 g almond meal
  • 100 g cane sugar
  • 1½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 100 g salted butter, in cubes (room temperature)
  • 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!)

So, let’s get baking!

1. Mix together everything except the fruit, the almond flakes and a bit of the cinnamon This really is a very easy recipe to make. For this first step, take a bowl and put in the flour, almond meal, ½ teaspoon of cinnamon (so you have 1 teaspoon left for the filling!), cane sugar, butter and salt and mix everything together. This won’t work very well if you try to use a spoon or a whisk. Perhaps an electric mixer would work, but the best way to me seems to just use your hands, since the crumble will become quite dough-y.

2. Prepare the fruit and the dish Peel your apples, cut them into pieces and put them in a bowl with the raisins and the lemon zest. Also add the remaining teaspoon of cinnamon and the amaretto and mix it all together with a spoon. Butter your oven dish, and then transfer the apple mixture to the dish. Make sure it’s distributed evenly.

3. Add the crumble to the dish and sprinkle with almond flakes Now, it’s time to divide the crumble you just made over the dish. It’s okay to still see fruit through the crumble; just make sure it’s evenly spread out over it. 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).

And there you have it! Your own delicious, autumn-y, apple crumble! It’s at its most scrumptious when it’s still warm, and I’d also recommend serving it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream to make it even better.

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