The time of year when leaves start to turn golden and the afternoon sun has that hazy and mellow tint to it is just my absolute favourite! We are lucky here in Ireland and usually get a few gloriously golden days this time of year. Crisp and bright weather inspires me to cook hearty and warm dishes like this one - one of the family favourites - an apple & rhubarb crumble.
It is definitely one of the easier deserts to cook - it's not really a cake and requires more of an assembly job rather than full on cooking but the result is just beautiful! A fragrant, sweet and tart, hot and crunchy fruity deliciousness - the ultimate comfort food!
4-5 stalks of rhubarb 3-4 cooking apples 50g demarera sugar cinnamon stalks vanilla pod / vanilla paste a little bit of butter a splash of water
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Peel and cut the apples, trim and cut the rhubarb. Put the fruit into an oven proof dish, sprinkle over the sugar and mix. Add the cinnamon, vanilla a splash of water and put a few flakes of butter on top or the fruit. Cover with tin foil and bake in the oven for approx. 20 min just until the fruit has softened a tiny bit.
100g plain flour 50g cold butter (diced) 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 4-5 tablespoons demarera sugar 3-4 tablespoons of jumbo oats optional: sprinkle of cinnamon to taste
A crumble mix is super easy to make: just bung all of the ingredients (except the oats) into a bowl and rub together with clean fingers until the mix forms a sandy consistency. Then add the oats and mix gently to disperse them in the crumble mixture. Done! I often make a huge batch of this and freeze it in a freezer bag for times when I need comfort food in a hurry!
After the fruit has had it's time in the oven take it out, remove the foil and sprinkle the crumble over the top. I like to give the whole thing a little sprinkle of demarera sugar just for extra crunch and put a couple more small bits of butter on top (I know, I know! But it tastes so good! Totally optional though). Bake until the top is beautifully golden and crunchy (approx. 20-25 min).
What I love about this crumble is that it's so customisable - you can bake it in a big tray or small individual dishes, with or without cinnamon or oats. It's amazing with pecans or almonds sprinkled on top... the possibilities are endless!
I love eating my crumble still quite warm with a dollop of clotted cream or custard but its also fantastic with a little bit of good vanilla ice cream.
Apple crumble is my ultimate autumn comfort food. What is yours?