osted: Wed, 16 November 2016, 17:00
I just love to make to bake with apples this time of year as I have a few trees myself and then there are always friends who ask if I’d like to swop or try some of their varieties. Coupled with the blackberries available now I’d like to share this crumble with you…
I have been working on this crumble for a while now and experimenting with different forms of sweetener and fat. I have used an apple sauce sweetened with dates and the apples own sweetness to sweeten the bottom layer of fruit and berries and a little unrefined brown sugar and maple syrup to sweeten and bring a little crunch to the top crumble layer.
For the apple sauce
2 large or 3 medium apples – 1 eating and 1 cooking
7 dates – pitted and chopped
Juice of 1 orange
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
For the fruit layer
4 medium or 3 large apples – 1 eating apple and 2 cooking apples
1 cup of blackberries or 1 cup of mixed frozen berries
1 teaspoon of mixed spice
For the Crumble Topping
150g of porridge oats
50g of ground almonds
50g of flaked almonds or 50g of sesame seeds
1 level tablespoon of unrefined brown sugar
50g of unrefined, virgin coconut oil
First make the applesauce. If you wish you could make double this quantity and keep for another crumble or it is also delicious on pancakes or morning porridge.
Grate the whole apples – no need to peel or core as this way you are getting all the nutrition and fibre and its less work! Place in a small pot with the dates, cinnamon and the orange juice. Place over medium heat and cover. After 10 minutes stir the mix – it will cook away on its own on the medium heat but just watch it occasionally as it might stick. If it does stick add a little water. It will take around 30 minutes to reach a sauce consistency. If it is not smooth give it a little longer.
For the Crumble
Place the oats and ground almonds in a large bowl. Rub the coconut oil into the dry ingredients with your fingertips. Unlike butter this rubs in very quickly so when it is rubbed in – give it a good mix around so that it is spread throughout. This can also be rubbed in in a food processor and it will also get a good mix.
Add the brown sugar and flaked almonds or other seeds. Mix again.
For the Fruit layer
Peel and chop the apples. Place in an oven proof dish approximately 5cm deep and 12cm square or round or oval. The depth is the most important as too deep and you won’t get a crunchy crumble. Mix in the apple sauce and place the berries on top.
Scatter the crumble mix on top and drizzle the maple syrup over the top. Bake in preheated oven for 30-40 minutes, until it has a nice golden colour.
Serve warm with almond cream.