Winter means comfort food and what can be more comforting than sweet, cooked fruit topped with an equally sweet & crunchy baked topping? NOTHING!
So I whipped up a quick crumble last night & decided it is now a classic.
I adapted my recipe from this one at River Cottage. However, I halved it and changed a couple of things – I added cherries and left out oatmeal.
Now I don’t think I’m any expert in the kitchen by a long shot so am happy to follow others’ recipes to the letter, but there were good reasons for my changes. First, I just felt like cherries. It started in the supermarket, I had an idea in my head that I wanted cooked fruit, I love berries and red fruits but they are out of season so I found myself drawn to the jars of cherries. You have to follow your instincts on these things.
Secondly, I know oatmeal is a common ingredient in crumbles, and I do like oatmeal, but I’m actually allergic to it. I know, who is allergic to oatmeal right? Its a health food after all! But yes, unfortunately I am allergic so no oatmeal here. And I know I like it because I wasn’t always allergic and I have so many fond memories of porridge, fresh home-made meuslies…. sigh, I think I actually brought the allergy on by eating too much of it as a teenager!
So, on with the recipe if you’re interested. TC pronounced it “yumm” so it will be made again here.
Apple cherry toasted walnut crumble
(Makes 4 large servings, or 6 small)
For the topping:
115g plain flour
pinch of salt
100g butter, cold, cut into cubes
40g ground almonds
For the fruit filling:
3 large granny smith apples, peeled cored, thinly sliced
50g freshly shelled walnuts
1 medium jar de-stoned cherries
30-50g caster sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
I started by making the crumble topping & setting it aside, simply as I didn’t want the apples to go all brown while I made the topping.
Preheat oven to 180C
Sift flour into a bowl, add salt and butter, rub in until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs (Or do this step in a processor, pulsing). Stir in the sugar and ground almonds. Don’t worry about it being too evenly mixed. Set aside.
Place the shelled walnuts onto a baking sheet and bake for about 5-10min. Set aside to cool, then chop roughly.
Place the sliced apples, walnuts and the cherries into a baking dish, sprinkle over the caster sugar and cinnamon. Mix together thoroughly with your hands then press down firmly into the dish. Sprinkle topping over evenly.
Bake for 40-50min until browning on top. Serve with your choice of cream, custard or ice cream and enjoy!