When the weather starts getting colder I love tucking into a lovely warm pudding like an apple crumble. In the true autumn spirit, I have given this one a makeover with some warm autumny spices and toffees. The result is a delicious combination of the classic apple crumble and a toffee apple, the ever popular treat for bonfire night.
The combination of spices really takes this apple crumble to the next level. It makes this pudding feel even more warm and cosy and just so moreish! The toffees melt into the apples to create a lovely sauce together with the apple juices and spices. But there will still be some little pieces of toffee in the crumble, like a lovely sweet surprise amongst the apples.
The crumble topping is the perfect crumble recipe for me – it holds together in bigger clumps and doesn’t fall apart in dusty little bits, gets nice and crunchy on top but stays nice and soft underneath where the apple juices soak into it. The small amount of oats and chopped nuts gives it just a good amount of texture to contrast with the soft apples.
I have made the crumble in individual little ramekin dishes here, but it works just as well in a big oven dish. The individual crumbles are great if you want to serve them for a slightly more fancy meal, because that way everyone gets their own neat little crumble and there’s no messy dishing out. But for just a normal family dinner there’s nothing better than a big dish of apple crumble in the middle of the table, where everyone can dig in!
For 6 people
You will need
For the apples
4 Bramley apples, peeled and cored (about 500g prepared weight)
2 eating apples, peeled and cored
50g brown sugar
½ tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch ground nutmeg and cloves
12 toffees or chewy caramels
For the crumble
100g cold butter, cubed
100g brown sugar
20g chopped hazelnuts
- Preheat the oven to 180°C / gas mark 4.
- Chop the apples into large pieces and put in a medium saucepan with the brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and a glug of water. Put over a medium heat and simmer for 5 minutes, until the apples are starting to soften. Take of the heat and leave to cool a little.
- Put all the ingredients for the crumble into a mixing bowl and rub together with your fingers until it starts to form medium sized clumps.
- Fill the apple mixture into an oven proof dish and dot the caramels around them. Sprinkle over the crumble mix and put in the oven for 25-30 minutes until the crumble is golden brown and the apples are bubbling around the edges.
- Leave to cool for 5 minutes, then serve with custard or ice cream.