Mums in Luke's school been talking about winter dessert and the crumbles.
This was made last weekend actually, when we had enough numbers to sit down at the dinner table for a proper dessert, really quick and easy, a good way to make children eat some apples, and when we are rushed, it can be served with just fresh cream.....
Apple and Date Crumble
4 Pink Lady Apples, pealed cored and sliced.
175g raw sugar
165g plain flour
100g butter cut in cubes
1 tsp all spice
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1 tsp vanilla essence
Juice of 1/3 of lemon
2/3 cup rolled oats,
½ cup slivered almonds
2/3 cup sliced pitted dates
1. My oval baking dish is 18cms in width and 25cms in length (not counting the wings). Mix the apple with 100g sugar, cinnamon powder and all spice and dates, toss well and spread to the bottom of the baking dish, add vanilla and lemon juice and toss gently.
2. Mix flour and the rest of sugar, rub in butter until it resembles bread crumbs, add in lightly whisked egg and form a rough dough.
3. Mix in almond and oats, spread evenly on the apple. Bake in the 190C oven for 45 minutes or until top golden brown.
One thing I must say here is that a normal crumble recipe doesn't call for an egg in the crumble, I actually made it more like a pie because it's got quite a thick cookie top, but family liked the quick sweet fix regardless.