I think I’m obsessed with apple crumble.
I made and ate it Sunday. I made and ate it Monday. And as I’m typing this on Tuesday, I really want to make another batch. Now it’s Wednesday and I think it may be on the cards for tonight.
There’s nothing quite like it; the smell of apples and cinnamon baking on an autumnal afternoon. Visiting my cousins’ last weekend, and to accompany our Sunday roast, we made a lovely fresh gluten free crumble for pudding, and so kicking off the obsession this week.
Following my cousin, Claire’s usual crumble recipe, we used plain gluten free flour instead of traditional wheat flour. The typical rule is to go for half the fat to the flour, however once combining, I found the gf flour hadn’t quite combined with the butter as it normally would, so I added another couple of ounces to help it along its way.
Tasting the apples as I peeled them, just to check they weren’t poisonous 😉 , I was surprised to find how sweet they were for cooking apples, and so didn’t think they’d need too much extra within the crumble itself. Pre-made crumbles can be packed with sugar, but we instead we went for a little less than usual. I’ll always try to use less sugar if I can.
What you need:
5 Cooking Apples (not essential, can be any apples)
14oz gluten free flour
3 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 180C. Use your hands to mix together the butter and gluten free flour, crumbling with your hands until they make a fine crumble topper. Add 1 tbsp brown sugar and leave to one side.
- Peel and slice your apples into long chunks, and place into a large square oven dish. You can cut your apple chunks however you like, but bear in mind the bigger they are, the longer they may take to cook.
- Sprinkle 2 tbsp brown sugar and 1 tbsp cinnamon over the apples before placing them into the oven and cooking for 20-25 minutes.
- Remove the dish from the oven and sprinkle the crumble topper over the apples. Bake for another 25-30 minutes. Just try not to burn the edges of the dish like we did. 😉
- Remove and serve with cream, ice cream or custard, and prepare to get obsessed.
I later made smaller batches for myself and my housemate, and found I needed roughly 1oz butter, 2oz gf flour and 1 apple per person, plus a sprinkle of sugar and cinnamon. It works just as well, meaning you don’t need to buy the ingredients in large batches.