Winter Warmer ~ Apple, Pear & Raspberry Crumble Recipe


Today's recipe is more for me than you. No please don't get me wrong. I would love it if you tried it at home. It's just that I have been making apple crumble for the last 10/12 years and over the years I have experimented with the recipe a lot and fine-tuned it to my liking. But somehow I had never had it written down. I am a very impulsive cook, too impatient to read through recipes and measure ingredients out. I generally chuck in ingredients (which is a massive disadvantage during baking). So this time I decided to do things properly, measure each ingredient and note the quantities and write it all down. I feel so grown up cooking like this :-) 

Disclaimer: I know there are lots of apple crumble purists out there. To all of you I have a confession. This crumble recipe is a hybrid one. I did not grow up eating my grandma's or mother's crumble. So there is no background for me. As an adult I have experimented and made up a recipe of my own. Of course given my heritage I like spicing things a little :-)



  • Ingredients for the Fruit Filling
  • 2 medium sized apples, baking apples are the best
  • 2 medium sized pears
  • 100 grams of raspberries
  • 2 tablespoon sugar (white/golden caster/brown). I use brown because that's what I generally have at home
  • Half a teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon/orange juice
  • Grate some of the zest of the lemon/orange, adds an amazing aroma

Ingredients for the Crumble

160 grams of all purpose flour

15 to 20 grams of rolled oats or a a granola mix or a mix of both. The oats add a nice texture while the granola adds crunch

2 tablespoon of Grape-nuts cereal (optional). I love it because it adds a malty flavour to the topping

110 grams of sugar + 1 tablespoon for sprinkling on top

110 grams of butter (cold)

Half a teaspoon of cinnamon

Pinch of salt

Method

1. Pre-heat your oven to 180 degree centigrades

2. Pee, core and chop the apples and pears into small cubes, give the raspberries a wash and drain well

3. In a big bowl add the fruits and the rest of the filling ingredients and mix well. Keep the mixture aside

4. Grease an oven proof pan with butter

5. In another bowl sieve in the flour, add the sugar, the oats and granola mix, and the rest of the ingredients. The butter goes in the last. Make small cubes of cold butter and lightly add into the mix till the consistency is sandlike. You could use a mixer for this, but hardly takes a few minutes by hand. Also it's best not to melt the butter

6. Once everything is ready, assemble in the baking tray. First lay the apples and pear cubes, then tuck in the raspberries. Lightly sprinkle the flour mix on the fruit. Once done sprinkle the extra sugar on top. Please the dish on an oven tray and put it in the oven

7. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes till the top is golden brown and the fruits are bubbling on the sides.

8. Once done cool it down for at least half an hour. Serve with vanilla ice cream, fresh cream or vanilla custard.

9. Stays in the fridge for 2/3 days, if you can make it last that long that is :-)

Cooks' Tips ~ It's a very accommodating recipe, you could play with the flavours, change the fruits, add some spices, sometimes I add grated ginger to bring a bit of heat to the fruit mix. 



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