The saying “An apple a day keeps a doctor away” was never quite followed at my home because no one at home is a big fan of apples including me. When I was gradually developing a thing for desserts, I remember I had apple crumble/apple crisp at a friend’s place and trust me it was to die for. I had never thought I would love something made with apple so much. This dessert is not very commonly available in India except for high end hotels and fancy cafeterias but one can of course replicate it and so did I. This recipe is very basic, it can be made with any choice of flavours or with fruit other than apple. And yes! The Food Kiosk is one year old now so stay tuned for some exciting recipes all month long.
There are many varieties of apples available in the market, you can go for any kind but I would like to add here that do not go for very crunchy apples. Yes! choose the softer variety and you do not have to stew it for very long. I’m no chef but with repeated trials I’ve noticed that the softer apples work better which also means that green apples are not what I prefer for this particular dessert. But if you feel like or find only crunchy apples, just go ahead and stew the apples a bit more. One more thing that I do not do the usual way is removing the apple skin. Well, most of the recipes you’ll come across will say to peel the skin but I believe that the skin has flavour so end result of the dish will be yummier. By the way the second tip was from Gourdon Ramsay himself who says the skin retains flavour. Plus it will also cut off your extra work. Seriously! I hate peeling.
Apple Crumble is considered as a modern day dessert and I love every bit about it. It is known as “Apple Crisp” in USA and Canada, Apple Crumble is the same dish in UK and Australia. In India I have heard it as apple crumble only so I prefer calling it the same. The best part about the dish is the buttery crumble, it is so tasty and complements the stewed apples like a dream. It may be summers here in India and the dessert is served hot but I’m sure you cannot ignore it when you see it being served with a dollop of vanilla ice-cream, one bite and you are in heaven (not literally ;)).
So much said, my last verdict about this dessert is that it can be baked in a matter of few minutes. A quick dessert to die for and the ingredients used are all basic. Just the ice-cream, if you do not have some lying in the fridge, I urge you to run to a nearby grocery store and get it because this thing is incomplete without one scoop of vanilla ice-cream.
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- Apple - 4 no. (cored and diced)
- Cinnamon powder -1/8 tsp + ¼ tsp
- Granulated sugar - 2 tbsp + 2 tbsp
- Butter - 2 tbsp + ¼ cup
- Condensed milk - ¼ cup
- All purpose flour - ½ cup
- Regular oats - ¼ cup
- Vanilla Ice-cream - as required
- Preheat oven to 180 degree celsius.
- Grease a 9*5 inch baking dish with butter and keep aside.
- Wash, core and dice the apples. If you are not making it instantly, add in some lime juice into the diced apples, mix well and keep aside. Lime juice prevents apples from blackening.
- Keep a pan to heat on low flame and add 2 tbsp butter.
- Once butter melts add in the diced apples, ⅛ tsp cinnamon powder and 2 tbsp sugar.
- Give a mix and cover it with a lid.
- Let the apples stew for about 5 to 6 minutes.
- Meanwhile prepare the crumble, for that take oats, flour, 2 tbsp sugar, ¼ tsp cinnamon powder and mix well.
- Add in butter and rub it in the flour mixture with your fingers until it resembles bread crumbs.
- When the apple has stewed, remove it from flame and assemble the dish before putting it to bake.
- Bring the greased baking dish and add in all the stewed apples and level it from top.
- Now drizzle the condensed milk all over the apples.
- Then sprinkle the crumble all over the top covering everything below. Try to level so that it bakes uniformly.
- Bake it for 30 mins at 180 degree celsius.
- To brown the top more, keep it on the top rack for 2 mins and broil.
- You apple crumble is ready, serve with a dollop of vanilla ice-cream and enjoy!