Monday, June 11, 2007

Perfect for a winter Sunday afternoon apple crumble

Apple at the bottom of the pan

Crumble ready for the oven

Home made vanilla custard

Apple crumble ready to be eaten

Apple crumble is something i've wanted to make for a while and we have the perfect weather to enjoy it served with vanilla custard.The recipe is from Jamie Oliver's Fifteen restaurant in Amsterdam.

Apple Crumble
Serves 6
1kg granny smith apples,peeled,core removed,roughly chopped
190g caster sugar
300g plain flour
165g unsalted butter
Grated zest of 1 orange and 1 lemon
1 egg
icing sugar,to dust
Ice cream or custard to serve

Preheat the oven to 170 degrees Celsius
Place the apple in a saucepan with 90g of the caster sugar.Cover and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes or until the apple has softened. Place the apples and any liquid in a baking dish (about 2 litre capacity).
For the crumble topping,place the flour,butter and remaining 100g caster sugar in a food processor. Pulse until the mixture forms coarse crumbs,Add the grated orange and lemon zest then add the egg and pulse slowly for a few seconds to combine(the mixture will still be crumble).
Spread the crumble mixture over the apples in a baking dish.Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until the topping is golden.Allow to cool slightly for 5 minutes,then dust with icing sugar and serve with ice cream or custard(recipe follows)

Vanilla custard
This recipe makes 900ml i just halved it to make about half which is all i needed.

600ml (1.5 cups) thin cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
6 egg yolks
60g caster sugar
1.5 tbs cornflour

Place cream in a saucepan with vanilla. Bring to just below simmering point over medium heat.In a bowl, beat egg yolks,sugar and cornflour with a whisk until combined.Add hot cream,stirring well and return mixture to pan. Cook over very low heat,stirring until thickened. Remove from heat immediately and pour into a jug.Cover surface if not serving immediately as this will prevent a skin from forming.

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