Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Apple Crumble... (literally crumbles...)

My mum loves cooking and baking and she used to bake alot when I was younger.  We didn't have any electric mixer during those days and she used to hand beat her cake batters.  And I remembered how much I loved the sound of hand mixed batters.  And I look forward to it all the time.

Apple Crumble is one of the things she baked often.  It was also one of the first thing I learnt from her.  She never had a fixed recipe, everything was an estimation.  And as usual she'd make too much pie crust and crumble, she'd remix them together and let me shape my own cookies with the left over dough and I had lotsa fun doing it.

I do not have measurements for the recipe below as how much you use really depends on how big your baking tray is.

Ingredients for crust

Butter (salted)  - I used a bar here
A little salt

Ingredients for crumble

Butter (1/2)
Ground almond

Ingredients for apple filling

10 Green apples (Again depends on how big/deep your pie tray is)
Sultanas (I prefer yellow)
optional (Cinnamon stick)

Making the Pie filling

Wash apple, Skin them and soak in salt water to prevent it from oxydising

Skin and remove core of apple, cut them into slices

Drain the apple slices, add in sultanas and marinate it with sugar and 2 sticks of cinnamon (Cinnamon is optional)

Leave it for 30mins - 1hour

Making the Crumble

Add salt and butter to flour, rub in ingredients till it resemble bread crumbs.  Add milk, form a dough.

Roll dough out and adjust it into the buttered pie tray.

Making the Crumble

Pour flour, sugar, ground almond and butter into a bowl

Rub-in ingredients till it resemble bread crumbs.  Use finger tips as you do not want the butter to melt too much.

Preheat oven at 170 degree celsius

Lay the marinated apple slices and sultanas without the water nicely on top of the pie base.

Sprinkle Crumble on top of apples

Bake for 30mins at 150 degree celsius

Then another 30mins at 170 degree celsius.

I used too much butter for the crust today and my apple crumble came out really crumbly.....But taste good still!  Well anything with THAT much butter taste good!!  :D

Bon appetit
Monica Eng


  1. Hi Monica !! This crumble was excellent and now my colleagues want to become your housemate... ;)
    I am looking forward to be you guinea pig for the next recipe.

  2. Next week i will make...hmmm... APPLE SOUP!! :D

  3. It tastes fantastic! just feel it melting in your mouth, hmmmm...... The best thing is that the crumble is not too sweet, so you have some more and more and more......and don't get "sticky tongue" or "temporary diabetes" in the end of the day. Bravo!