Here in Ireland we've been having a massive late summer/early autumn heatwave, and every day this September has been in excess of 20 degrees Celcius outside, whih is not what I expect for autumn; in fact, I'm disappointed in autumn this year. For me, it has always been a month of hearty, warming comfort food, but the weather outside is just too darn hot for heavy food.
My solution: eat the same old comfort food, but make them a little lighter; same autumnal flavours, but without the heaviness.
Here is one of those recipes: a nice autumnal spiced apple crumble, made with a granola style crust.
This recipe has been made a little less rich than is traditional by adding a nice dose of lemon juice to the apple mixture, and by using oil instead of butter. Oddly enough, despite using autumnal flavours, it has quite a summery feel to it.
I also really like the little oven dish I bought from my local Dealz (PoundLand) for a quid-fifty. It's about 4 by 7 inches (10 by 17 centimeters) which is just the right size to serve two or three people with this crumble. The recipe amounts are to fit a dish of this size, but obviously you can increase it if you want to fill a larger dish.
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For the apple filling:
- 2 large sharp firm apples, for example Granny Smith, Pink Lady, Jazz, Braeburn etc.
- 2 ounces (55 grammes) raisins or sultanas
- 1 ounce (30 grammes) golden syrup
- Juice of ½ a lemon
- ½ teaspoon (3 millilitres) salt
- 1 teaspoon (5 millilitres) ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon (3 millilitres) ground ginger
- Pinch of ground cloves
For the crumble topping:
- 3 ounces (85 grammes) rolled oats
- 1 ounce (30 grammes) wholegrain spelt flour
- 1 ounce (30 grammes) brown sugar
- 1½ fluid ounces (45 millilitres) sunflower oil
- 1 tablespoon (15 millilitres) water
- Pinch of salt
- Preheat your oven to 200°C (4000°F, Gas Mk.6, or hot).
- Prepare the filling by cutting the apples. To do this, cut each apple into quarters then cut out the core on each quarter; thinly slice each quarter. You can peel the apples if you like, but I prefer leaving the skins on.
- Place the apple slices into a bowl and sprinkle over the salt and golden syrup. Mix well. As you mix, the salt will pull the juice from the apples and the mixture will thin out. Add the rest of the ingredients and pour into your chosen dish.
- Prepare the crumble by mixing all the ingredients together in a bowl until it is fully combined, making a loose but moist mixture. Sprinkle over the filling spread out evenly.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the topping is crisp and golden brown.
- Serve hot with cream, custard, yogurt, or ice cream.
As well as being a nice dessert, I discovered (merely out of laziness) that this also makes a very nice breakfast when eaten with thick Greek yogurt. Obviously, it's not an every day breakfast, but does well as an occasional treat. Also, instead of apples one could use peaches, pears, or nectarines.
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