Now who doesn’t enjoy a good apple crumble, especially with the wind howling outside and the rain lashing down against the window frame, the cold nipping at the toes – wait that sounds far too much like Christmas, we’re in January now, Christmas is but a distant memory! I digress! Continuing my series of recipes and cookery reviews I decided to take a look at a book that was first published in 2011 – The Boy Who Bakes – by Edd Kimber, winner of the very first series of The Great British Bake Off on BBC Two and now on BBC One.
There are so many delicious recipes in the book- Red Velvet Cakes, Rose and Raspberry Macarons, Nutella and Banana bites to name but three – but I fancied something that had a hint of Christmas (the cinnamon) and the warmth of winter, there could only be one dish for me – apple crumble with a little vanilla custard, roper custard not the powdered stuff!
Incredibly easy to make and even more satisfying to eat, the instructions are easy to follow accompanied by a helpful image depicting how the dish should look like when finished. There’s nothing more annoying than sifting – apologies for the pun – through a cookery book, coming across a recipe you’d love to try and no picture. For most people this is the first thing they look at, it’s what engages the brain, fortunately this book includes a picture with every dish. That said it’s not required in this instance as most of us know what an apple crumble should vaguely resemble if all goes to plan!
There were a couple of things that I noticed with the recipe, and this could be oven based but baking at 180C Fan I had to cook for close on 30 minutes not the 20-25. Every oven will be different so just keep an eye on it while it’s cooking. The recipe also calls for cinnamon and sugar to be evenly distributed on the apple chunks, I combined the sugar and cinnamon in a regular drinking glass, mixed the contents with a spoon and once satisfied sprinkled over the apples, shaking and mixing the bowl as I went. I actually used a large baking bowl for the mix to make it more manageable but combining the cinnamon and sugar beforehand certainly made it easier to spread evenly.
Full of personality, gorgeous pictures and moreish recipes, the book is a great addition to the bookshelf.
Apple & Cinnamon Crumble
Put the flour in a medium bowl with the sugar, oats and salt and mix to combine. Add the butter and rub into the flour mixture with your fingertips or a pastry blender until evenly distributed. Gather the crumble mixture into one solid mass and wrap in Clingfilm. Chill for 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 200C (180c Fan oven) or gas mark 6. Peel, core and chop the apples into chunks. Toss together with the sugar and cinnamon, coating evenly, and divide equally among four individual ovenproof dishes.
Remove the crumble from the fridge and break it up into irregular chunks with your fingers. Divide it among the four dishes. Bake the crumbles for 20-25 minutes or until the topping is golden and the filling is bubbling.
For The Crumble
200 grams plain flour
150 grams caster sugar
90 grams porridge oats
Pinch of salt
175 grams unsalted butter, chilled and cut into cubes
For The Filling
1kg bramley apples
50 grams caster sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon