To me crunchy, warm and ideally Cinnamon Apple Crumble with a few playful raisins here and there is the sweetheart of all winter desserts. I can see a whole bunch of Bread & Butter Pudding lovers freezing in disbelief for a moment. But, hey! Nothing will scramble my crumble!
And that’s pretty much all I have to say today. Thanks for popping in and see you on Tuesday! (Just joking!)
We could argue for hours. I know what I know and will stand my ground on that. The winter pudding crown belongs to the crumble (or crisp, as it’s sometimes known in the US)! And that’s the end of the story!
For me, Cinnamon Apple Crumble to be precise, however, I am willing to compromise or replace some ingredients if this will bring the peace.
Cinnamon Apple Crumble is the perfect winter dessert dream come true
Is there anything more endearing and spirit-lifting than a hot cup of tea and a cosy Cinnamon Apple Crumble on a winter’s afternoon? (Well, maybe a cup of hot chocolate, but that’s cheating! We’re not talking chocolate today! That was last week.) Beautifully juicy apples, spiced up with cinnamon under a lovely, sweet and scrumptiously crunchy, buttery comforter… oh, so very special! (And, with all due respect, that is something that no bread and butter pudding can achieve! Ha!)
Add a splash of cream or a small scoop of ice-cream to highlight that hot-cold, creamy and crunchy contrast… heaven. So good! These are the reasons why the winter dessert crown belongs to Cinnamon Apple Crumble. Today. Tomorrow.
Forever, I and Cinnamon Apple Crumble, together… (“Nurse, no more butter for that woman!”)
Have you noticed? If something is insanely delicious and full of magic (and basically makes you want to dive into the bowl with it) there are 9 out of 10 chances that it contains butter. Or cream. Or both. They are family anyway, so that makes sense.
The most popular recipe on Garlic Matters – Lemon Thyme Chicken with Roasted Garlic and Apple Sauce – and number 33 out of 8160(!!!) most favorited recipes on FoodGawker last month contains both. Not crazy amounts, but enough to make it absolutely delicious and super popular there! Thanks for loving it and if you haven’t tried it yet, please do – it really is worth the 40 min hassle! And share the love!
So anyway, it is not all in my head (or taste buds) – it’s true! Butter and cream make everything taste so much better – the French have absolutely no shame on that subject and, let’s be honest, they really do know how to take advantage of both.
Cinnamon Apple Crumble, or any crumble for that matter wouldn’t be a crumble at all if it wasn’t for the butter. Did you know that crumble (or brown Betty) actually comes from Britain? Maybe that’s why the French and Brits have always had a bit of a cultural issue between!
Never mind arguments! Oh, let it snow! And let there always be a cozy Cinnamon Apple Crumble waiting for you in the oven.
This is how I make it
- 3 apples - peeled, cored and chopped to almond size pieces (I used McIntosh)
- 1 ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¾ (150g) soft brown sugar
- ¼ cup (30g) mixed nuts
- 1 cup (125g) all purpose, gluten free flour
- ⅓ cup (75g) cold, unsalted butter
- 2 tbsp icing sugar to decorate
- butter wrapper or 1 tsp oil to oil the baking dish(es)
- ⅓ cup (50g) sultana raisins
- Preheat oven to 170C (340F) and butter (or oil) 4 ramekins, 8” by 8” (or similar) ovenproof tray or dish.
- Toss apples (and raisins if you choose to use them) together with 3 tbsp sugar and cinnamon and distribute this mix evenly on the bottom of the baking dish(es).
- If you don’t have a food processor, chop butter roughly and, using your fingers, rub it into flouruntil you achieve a flaky, bread crumbs like consistency throughout; add the rest of sugar and chopped nuts and toss well together. If you do own a food processor, place flour, butter, sugar and the nuts and process by pulsing until a sand like texture is achieved - do not over process (if you do, add an extra tablespoon or 2 of flour and pulse for a few seconds to restore the sandy texture to the crumble.
- Pour the crumble over the apples and bake for 40 min.