A crumble is super easy to make and can be sweet or savoury, although the sweet versions are the most popular. They contain stewed fruit topped with a mixture of butter, flour and sugar.
It’s then baked until the crumble topping is crisp and often served as a tasty dessert with ice cream or custard.
Apple crumble is perhaps the most common but other fruits can be used such as rhubarb, peaches or plums. And the topping can be adapted as well to rolled oats and crushed or ground nuts. Brown sugar sprinkled over the topping before it goes in the oven will caramelise slightly and add even more taste.
Crumbles became popular in the UK during the Second World War because of a shortage of pastry ingredients.
Here’s a recipe of quick and easy apple crumble that serves six.
- 6 apples, peeled, cored and cut into six to eight wedges
- 100g butter, diced
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup flour
- 1 ½ tablespoons caster sugar
- Preheat oven to 180C.
- Put the apple wedge in a saucepan with a little water and the caster sugar. Cook until the apples are soft.
- While that’s going, combine the flour and brown sugar in a bowl then rub the diced butter through with your fingers. Stop when you’ve got a mix that looks like large breadcrumbs.
- Pour the apples and their juices into a greased oven proof dish, cover with crumble mix and cook for 30 to 35 minutes or until the topping is golden brown.
- Serve with a scoop of ice cream or custard (hot or cold depending on the season!).
The savoury version uses meat, vegetables and sauce for the filling and cheese replaces the sugar in the crumble mix.