Thursday, 16 November 2006

Apple Crumble

One day whilst buying fruits from our regular fruit seller, I saw green apples being freshly unloaded from the box. Couldn't resist them! Hmmm... since hubby doesn't like the tartness of green apples, I decided to buy some and turn the apples into some kind of dessert, maybe an apple pie. Whilst browsing thru recipe books, I asked hubby if he would like some apple crumble since that is the easiest stuff to make. Wahliau he told me he want Coffee Bean's style one which has a pastry base with a crumble topping. Grrr means extra work!

So have to browse again and I decided to use the pastry and apple filling based on Donna Hay's Modern Classics Book 2 but with little adjustments here and there. As for the toppings, I roughly based them using Nigella Lawson's crumble topping found in How To Be A Domestic Goddess.

Here are the apple fillings in the pastry before topping the crumble. I have slighly over cooked my apples so it looked a bit mushy here.

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Sweet Shortcrust Pastry

2 cups plain flour
3 tbsp caster sugar
150g cold butter, chopped
2-3 tbsp iced water

Rub flour, butter and sugar with fingers until resembles fine breadcrumbs. You can do this in a food processor. Then add in iced water to form a smooth dough. Knead dough lightly. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 mins.

Roll out dough on lightly floured surface or in between 2 pieces of non-stick baking paper to thickness required and line the tart tin.

Preheat oven to 180C. Place a sheet of non-stick baking paper over pastry and fill with baking weights or uncooked rice/beans. Bake for 10 mins then remove the weights and bake for another 10 mins or until pastry is golden brown.

Spoon in filling and top with the crumble. Bake until crumble turned golden brown.

Apple Filling

8 green apples or enough to fill the tart tin, peeled and chopped
1 tbsp water
1/3 cup sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp almond meal

To make the fillings, place apples and water in a pan over medium heat. Cover and simmer, shaking pan occasionally for about 5 mins or until just tender. Drain and cool completely. Stir in lemon juice, sugar and cinnamon.

Crumble Topping

1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp cold unsalted butter, diced
1 2/3 cup self raising flour
1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp organic brown sugar
a handful of toasted sliced almond

Rub butter into the flour with fingers until they resembles breadcrumbs. Fork in the sugar and almonds and set aside for a moment.
Fresh out of the oven Apple Crumble. The cinnamon gave out a wonderful smell!

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This Apple Crumble is great when served warm with a dollop of vanilla ice-cream on top.

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  1. Maybe I will try this for our Malaysian Perth gathering next weekend. As a shortcut I will used readymade sweetcrust pasty casing. Apples and the pastry casing here are so cheap. Thanks babe for the idea....

  2. Wah!!!! One of my favourite desserts! Shioknya!

  3. wow!!!!!! you are good!!! i wish i know how to do that... looks like quite hard to make this... and i don't think i have that much of time to prepare this also.. plus i don't have a food processor with me :( can blender be used? :p

  4. boo_licious, at least this time something did tasted good

    flower, i really envy you lah, can get a lot of ready made stuff for baking. even ready made fondant and royal icing are easily available :(

    yikes but u cant make this at home, PabloPabla, can you?

    meiyen, i don't hv a food processor either. just rub the butter and flour on the pads of your thumbs and fingers. flower gave me a tip... grate the butter rather than dicing them. usually you can omit the pastry for a crumble. can make this in a jiffy by placing the crumble over the filling and bake. good luck!

  5. pablopabla, go get one ler, those table top ones are not that expensive. if my oven conk out, i'm gonna get the LG one like boo_licious :D

    no problem meiyen, i hope you can make a delicious crumble for your darling.

  6. Seriously thinking about it! Can fit a chicken inside kah?

  7. most of them can and they're not more than RM300. not sure whether they can achieve even heating or not though. my fren got one panasonic microwave/steam/oven for less than RM1400 if you want a better option.


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