Knowing when to pick your apples, and finding the perfect time before they fall off the tree can be a tricky one. With so many apples falling, you’ve got to be creative to make sure that you make the most of them – but what better way to enjoy them than in a very English apple crumble?
1 kg cooking apples, peeled and cored
100g Plain Flour
50g Porridge Oats
100g golden caster sugar
Having peeled and cored your apples, being careful to remove any spots/marks that appear, cut them all into slices, about 3-4mm in thickness. You’ll have to by your skates on here- as you don’t want your apples to turn brown. If in doubt- toss them in some lemon once peeled, but I’m sure you’ll be fine.
Once cut, pop the apples in a large pan with 2tbsp of water and put on a medium heat to allow them to cook down. Add some golden caster sugar until you get the right level of sweetness for you. I opted for about 1tbsp but feel free to add more/less as you desire. Cook for 5-7 minutes or until the apples start to soften, stirring occasionally.
Whilst the apples are cooking, pop the butter and flour into a food processor and blend until they start to resemble breadcrumbs. If it looks more like a paste as opposed to breadcrumbs- add a little but more flour (but not too much!).
Once combined, tip into a bowl and add the sugar and porridge oats and mix together.
By now your apples should be cooked. Take them off the heat and place into a good sized oven dish. Finally- spread the crumble mixture over the top. I found it easiest to crumble this between my fingers and to scatter across the top.
Pop in the oven for 35 minutes or until the crumble goes golden, and enjoy!
No crumble is complete without Custard. Put that instant Custard down- and have a go at making your own- it’s easier than you would think- and definitely with it! My recipe is here.