Apple Cinnamon Crumble
This recipe is easy to make a day or two ahead for the best result.
1 kg Apples (nice, sour, local green apples – Granny Smiths are great)
1 lemon, juiced
100 g butter
50 g dark brown sugar
5 g (fresh) ground cinnamon
1 orange, zested
.5 oz brown rum (optional)
50 g breadcrumbs
Preheat the oven to 400 F.
Peel the apples, core and halve them; roll with lemon juice mixed with water to prevent browning too fast.
In a baking pan or other form, arrange the apples sideways up, all nice and tight. Divide the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon over the apples; if you feel you’ve missed a spot, use a bit more. Wash the orange and zest it overtop.
Now give those apples a final treat with a sprinkle of the brown rum if their are no kids around.
Cover it with tin foil (shiny side up) and bake the apples for about 2 hours. Maybe check them after an hour just to make sure they do fine. Now the apples are done when they are soft but still have their shape. Cool the apples down in the form until the butter is hard (overnight).
Now we separate the apples from the butter and liquid.
Slice the apples in strips.
The butter and liquid we cook up over low heat. You could add some more lemon juice if you find the apples too sweet (or some more rum if you like rum). When it is slightly boiling add the breadcrumbs and mix it until firm. Add this mix to your to the sliced apples and your filling is complete.
100 g flour
50 g brown sugar
50 g refined sugar
100 g cold butter diced
dash vanilla essence
Here is where can get the kids involved. Have them wash their hands, barricade the door and cover the table with old linen or newspapers; NOW you can let them combine all the crumble ingredients with their hands in a large metal bowl.
Bringing it together:
Preheat oven to 400F. Find some nice molds or ramequins that are presentable AND heat resistant. Fill the forms with the apple-cinnamon mixture and cover it with a good layer of the crumble.
Bake for about 30 minutes or until golden brown. Have the kids guard the oven to check up on them (through the window – no opening the oven door) while you clean their mess – or the other way around if you have outsmarted them.
Serve warm with some ice cream, yogurt or howsoever desired!