Gordon’s Apple Crumble

Before I kick off this blog post, I would like to give The Urban Diner a shout out; a new restaurant which has just opened in Richmond. I would also like to say thank you for the invitation to the launch, and I wish them all the best of luck for the future, after having the most amazing strawberry milkshake last week I’m sure to return soon!

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Now, onto the recipe…

Photo 02-06-2013 10 37 08Apple crumble, it hasn’t ever really been something that has made me typically swoon, or really screamed ‘EAT ME’ before. It’s a real homely (can be a bit sour sometimes) dessert, one you find on pub and restaurant pudding menus. Generally, if I saw it I wouldn’t pick it; however, after getting my Gordon Ramsay Ultimate Cooking Course book and flicking through it, it seemed to jump out at me, and I saw it as the perfect pudding following our roast dinner while we were away in Cornwall. Photo 02-06-2013 12 11 29

What I liked most about this recipe, was just how different it was compared to other crumble recipes I have seen in the past. The addition of granola (or muesli) for the topping, dried cranberries, the caramelised apple chunks and apple puree made from grating the apples down really gave it an edge, of which went really well with Cornish vanilla ice cream. I’d definitely like to change up the fruit next time – maybe peaches, pears or rhubarb.

Ingredients

  • 6 tbsp caster sugar
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 1 vanilla pod (seeds only) or 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 cooking apples, cored but not peeled. 3 apples grated, 3 cut into chunks
  • 4 tbsp dried cranberries
  • Zest of 1 lemon, juice of 1/2
  • 100 g plain flour
  • 2 tbsp demerara sugar
  • 50 g butter, chilled and cubed
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 6 tbsp nutty granola or muesli (I used one with mixed berries to add more fruit!)

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/ gas mark 6. 
  2. Heat a small hob-proof baking dish, add the caster sugar and heat for around 5 minutes, it may take a bit longer, until it caramelises. Add the cinnamon, vanilla and grated apples – cooking for 1-2 minutes. Stir in the apple chunks, followed by the cranberries, lemon zest and juice. Remove from the heat and set aside. Photo 02-06-2013 11 11 28
  3. Next, make the crumble topping; add the flour, sugar, butter and cinnamon to a bowl and rub together until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the granola, mixing until fully incorporated. Photo 02-06-2013 11 19 56
  4. Scatter your yummy crumble topping over the fruit and place the dish back on the heat; once the apple mix is bubbling, place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes, until the topping is a deep golden colour. Remove from the oven and serve warm with custard or ice cream. Photo 02-06-2013 12 11 55
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