APPLE CRUMBLE (USA)
'Apple crumble' (name used in the United States) or 'apple crumble' (name preferred in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) is a dessert consisting of baked chopped apples, topped with a crisp streusel (a crumbly topping of flour, butter and sugar) crust.
Apple crumble is relatively modern dish. It is notably absent from the first edition of the 'Fanny Farmer Cookbook' (1896), which is a comprehensive collection of American recipies.
Despite its relatively recent invention, apple crisp or crumble has become an American and British tradition especially during the autumn, when apples are plentiful. The dish is also very popular in Canada, especially in areas where berries and fruit are readily available.
HOW TO MAKE 'APPLE CRUMBLE'
(For the crumble)
- 300 g of plain flour, sieved.
- Pinch of salt.
- 175 g of brown sugar.
- 200 g of unsalted butter at room temperature.
(For the filling)
- 450 g of apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1cm in pieces.
- 50 g of brown sugar.
- 1 tbsp of plain flour.
- 1 pinch of ground cinnamon.
1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC.
2. Place the flour, salt and sugar in a large bowl and mix well. Taking a few cubes of butter at a time, rub into the flour mixture. Keep rubbing until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
3. Place the fruit in a large bowl and sprinkle over the sugar, flour and cinnamon. Stir well being careful not to break up the fruit.
4. Butter a 24 cm ovenproof dish. Spoon the fruit mixture into the bottom, then sprinkle the crumble mixture on top.
5. Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes until the crumble is browned and the fruit mixture bubbling.
6. Serve with thick cream or custard.
7. Enjoy and be happy!