All week, I have been feeling more and more Autumnal. The return of hot puddings had to be celebrated with my favourite British dish, Shortbread Apple Crumble. Crumbles come in all sorts of forms, some contain oats or nuts to create that wonderful contrast between soft, sweet fruit and knobbly, crunchy topping. This one is something a little different, as it’s a recipe of my Mum’s, it goes without saying that it’s decadent. It is the ultimate comfort pud; rich, buttery, and sweet and the shortbread topping is without a doubt, a soft crumble that melts into the sweet apple syrup of the fruit. Serve with custard, cream or devour it in all its naked glory.
I guarantee that anyone who takes that first mouthful will be forever addicted.
Shortbread Apple Crumble Ingredients
Creates five generous individual crumbles or one greedy family sized dish
For the topping:
200g plain flour
160g cold unsalted butter
100g caster sugar
For the fruit base:
3-4 large bramley apples (you can use other fruits, if you prefer)
3 – 4 tablespoon of caster sugar
5 tablespoons of fine semolina (1 tablespoon of corn flour will do the same trick)
1 tea spoon of cinnamon (you can leave this out, if you wish)
A few knobs of butter
Pre-heat the oven to 180/Gas mark 4.
Place all the topping ingredients into a bowl and rub them together, using your fingertips until the texture is like large breadcrumbs. Put the bowl into the fridge whilst you prepare the fruit base.
Peel, core and cut the apples into slices. I try to vary the thickness between thick and thin slices, to add texture.
Sprinkle the sugar, semolina and cinnamon onto the fruit and give it a good mix before popping into a well greased oven proof dish.
Once the apples are evenly spread, drop tiny knobs of butter over the surface
Sprinkle the chilled crumble topping over the apples, do not be tempted to press the buttery rubble down onto the fruit.
Pop into the oven for 35 – 45 minutes, when the top should be golden brown and the apples soft and oozing.
Serve with blankets, cushions, candles and a chill in the air
If you loved this recipe, you will love this autumn eats post.