Hardly a very complex recipe, which is perfect after all my GBBO baking of late, but one that is oh so satisfying! Plus, it’s so simple that Sun and Shine can make these mini apple crumbles almost entirely on their own, which they love almost as much as they love eating them.
Perfect for using up the last of the apples from our apple tree, which aren’t very sweet. Use any cooking apple, or eating apple though. Whatever really. This recipe is an ‘anything goes’ type affair. Use oats, plain flour, ground almonds, spelt flour, whatever you fancy for your crumble. Just adjust the sugar quantities to suit your tastes and apples.
Ideally make them in your PJs on a lazy Sunday morning in the autumn sunshine. If there’s no sun I don’t think it’ll affect the taste though, don’t worry.
Mini Apple Crumbles
3 medium cooking apples, peeled and roughly chopped
50g unsalted butter
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp light brown soft sugar
50g spelt flour
30g jumbo porridge oats
50g unsalted butter, diced
25g demerara sugar
Preheat oven to 180C.
Melt the butter in a saucepan and add the apples, sugar and cinnamon. Cook over a gentle heat, stirring occasionally until the apples just begin to soften.
To make the topping, place the oats, flour and sugar in a bowl and rub in the butter.
Pack the apple mix into 6 muffin cases in a muffin tray. Press the apple mix down gently so it’s fairly well packed in the cases as this will help them hold their shape when they are cooked.
Sprinkle the crumble mix over the apples.
Bake in a preheated oven for 25-30 mins until the tops are golden and crispy.
Leave to cool for 5-10 mins before devouring with cream, custard, ice cream…or all of the above!
A note on ingredients: You could use any type of sugar really, the recipe above is what I had to hand and I like the extra crunch of using demerera for the topping. If you’re using fairly sweet cooking apples you may not need any at all in the apple mix, just in the crumble topping. You could also leave out the oats, use plain flour, or substitute with ground almonds, depending on how cakey you like your crumble. I kid myself it’s better for our health if I use oats. Ahem.