Dessert / Fruit

Apple Crumble

This week’s recipe is inspired by a magazine article I read about how apples can help one lose belly fat! Apparently, apples do more than keep the doc away, it also helps keep those hunger pangs at bay. One large apple has five grams of fiber, so eating apples helps you feel full and controls your appetite, amongst other healthful benefits. Since I had five golden delicious apples sitting in my fridge, I decided to embark on an apple dessert to serve to friends who were coming over for a dinner party.

Golden Delicious apples are great for baking, so are Granny Smiths.

While I was living in Vancouver, I would often make apple crumble around this time of the year because the cold rains of November always beckoned for a warm, comforting, sweet, crumbly, apple dessert. Besides, fall was the season for apples. This quick and easy apple crumble can be put together in less than an hour and is best served warm with a dollop of ice-cream. My flavor of choice? Good ol’ fashion vanilla or rum and raisin for the alcoholic in us.

Apple Crumble
Yields: 6 individual ramekins or 6″ x 8″ baking dish

Ingredients:
500g apples (Golden Delicious or Granny Smith)
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt

1. Peel and core apples, then dice into 1/2 inch cubes.

Cut apples into halves, and then quarters. One way to remove the core is to position your knife at a 45 degree angle.

Tip: To keep your kitchen top clean and tidy, always have a bowl to catch peels. A clean and organized kitchen is half the battle won!

2. Toss apple cubes with rest of ingredients. Divide equally into 6 ramekins or spoon into baking dish.

Apples coated with lurrve

Crumble:
80g all-purpose flour (or whole wheat flour for even more fiber!)
40g butter, cold
40g brown sugar
50g walnuts, chopped

1. Weigh out flour and sugar into a bowl.

2. Cut cold butter into small pieces and rub butter into the flour-sugar mixture until there are no large pieces of butter visible and the mixture resembles bread crumbs.

Technique: When rubbing-in method is required, only use your fingertips to pinch cold butter into dry ingredients. Make sure butter is very cold and avoid using your palms, which are warmer than your fingertips, so the butter will not melt too quickly.

Crumble should still be fairly dry and texture should resemble coarse breadcrumbs

3. Add in chopped walnut pieces into crumble mixture.

4. Sprinkle crumble mixture on top of the apples until fully covered.

5. Bake at 375oF for about 20 min until top is golden brown. Use a skewer or knife to test if apples are soft and cooked.

After baking

Before baking

6. Serve warm with whipped cream or a dollop of your favorite ice-cream.

Apple crumble dessert… in less than an hour!

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