FOOD – Apple Crumble, anyone?

My friend Hwee Hwee Laurence lives with her husband and two sons in the French countryside with mountains, lakes, fields of sunflowers, grapes and various other fruits that she dries or pickles. In her village, houses are unnumbered because the postman knows everyone by name, and time is measured by the feel and yield of passing seasons. Over here in one-season Singapore, I note the growth of her boys as their photos show them changing from baby- to boyish-cute.

Hwee Hwee shares some of the simple joys of country life with city slickers whose apples come from supermarts  –

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It’s apple-harvest time in the southwest of France!  In our garden, we have many apple trees of different varieties – some for eating, some for cooking.  Apples, when stored carefully, can keep through the winter.  But there are still many which are bruised or slightly bitten by birds or wasps, and these have to be used quickly.  Every year, I make jars and jars of savoury apple sauce (good with pork chops), apple-tomato chutney (for roast meats), apple butter (yummy on toasts) etc.  And during this time, there is always an apple tart or strudel on the table when hungry kids come home from school.

 

Since apples are relatively cheap and easily available in Singapore, I thought I’d share with you this recipe for apple crumble.  It’s an easy no-fail recipe and something fun to do with your kids.

And most delicious with a dollop of vanilla ice cream!

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APPLE CRUMBLE

For the apple base:

5 or 6 (or as many as you like!) apples, peeled, cored and cubed

2 tablespoons light brown sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

10g butter

For the topping:

80g plain flour

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

40g butter

40g castor sugar

Pinch of salt

  1. Preheat oven to 180C.
  2. Put all ingredients for the apple base in a glass bowl and microwave on high for about 4 min until butter is melted and apples and hot and starting to soften.  Mix well.
  3. Spread evenly over a glass or pudding baking dish.
  4. To make the topping, place flour and cinnamon in a bowl.  Cut the butter into small pieces and rub into the flour using your fingers until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.  Stir in sugar and salt.
  5. Sprinkle topping evenly onto the apples.
  6. Bake for about 45 min until apples are softened and crumble is golden and crisp.

 

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