I have been itching to make a crumble all summer, I have been waiting for the weather to turn and the leaves to fall. Autumn is by far my favourite time of year, the days have cooled, the leaves have turned, and the food! Oh the food!
Autumn flavours are the best! Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger; I am drooling as I write this. Autumn to me means comfort food, rich soups and stews, puddings with custard, which make you feel all warm inside.
As I was contemplating making my first crumble of the year I saw Delicious Magazine was promoting their "Share the love day". The idea was simple; instead of making one crumble, why not make two and give one to someone who you don’t know, someone you wish you knew better or someone who needs cheering up.
It is all about spreading some much-needed good cheer, and fostering community spirit in the process.
So I set to work making some yummy crumbles.
I decided to make a classic apple crumble. I had been given a bag full of apple from someone at work, but I jazzed it up by adding some sultanas and autumn spices.
For the crumble
300g plain flour, sieved
pinch of salt
175g unrefined brown sugar
200g unsalted butter, cubed at room temperature
Knob of butter for greasing
For the filling
7-8 small apples, peeled, cored and cut into smallish pieces
50g light brown sugar
1 tbsp plain flour
1 teaspoon of spices (cinnamon, nutmag, ground ginger and ground cloves)
I started by chopping the apples, then mixed in the sugar, sultanas and spices and left to sit in a bowl while I made the crumble.
I rubbed the butter into the dry ingredients until it resembled bread crumbs.
I then dished up! Simple as that!
I actually had a lot more than I expected so made three crumbles, I gave one to my lovely sister, and one to a good friend. Both were very well received.
I was planning on taking photos of my crumble once it was cooked, to make you all drool. However...
...By the time I grabbed my camera, this was all that was left! Now if that isn't a sign of a successful recipe I don't know what is!
What are your favourite autumnal dishes?