The United Kingdom. Known in some parts as Britain and others as England has given the world a lot. Half of America has roots in this part of the world. And Australia and New Zealand are just the same.
Let’s not even begin with the other countless countries where a portion of society have a heritage based in Britain. I spent three weeks there, between living in Germany and moving back to New Zealand in my teens and I have many fond memories of my visit. I did a little research (yes research on dessert) of the history and origin. And what I discovered surprised me and gave me a smile that no matter how awful things get we can always find a way to make dessert.
One meal that has made it across the globe to this part of the world is apple crumble. A layer of finely chopped apples with a crunchy topping and a slightly loose cereal with the bottom layer of apples nice and soft and the top beautifully crunchy.
One meal that has made it across the globe to this part of the world is apple crumble. I did a little research (yes research on dessert) of the history and origin. And what I discovered surprised me and gave me a smile that no matter how awful things get we can always find a way to make dessert.
Fact: The story is that women in Britain invented the recipe of apple crumble due to the extreme rations in World War 2.
From the lack of ingredients available for apple pie, apple crumble was invented.
Clearly this was a good day in the kitchen for desperate women.I can imagine it would have warmed many hearts after such hardships.
Nowadays, it doesn’t take much effort to get the simple ingredients together and whip up this dessert and this is why it is such an effective recipe.This is my simple take on it as I feel the crumble should have a little body over some traditional crumb toppings I’ve found.
Note: Aim to slice the apples as thin as possible as this will make them cook that much quicker.
If the mixture seems a little too moist add a little more oat and flour until the mixture pulls away from itself easily.
Images updated in early 2018.
Recipe by Roamingtaste
5 apples, peeled, cored and thinly cubed
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup oats
1/4 cup rye flour
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
2 tablespoons superfine/caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
50 grams/1.8 ounces butter, melted
Heat the oven to 160°C/320F.
Place the apples in a bowl and stir the sugar and cinnamon through, set aside for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, place add the oats, rye flour, coconut, sugar, ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg and add in the melted butter. Combine well until it resembles a crumb mixture.
Spoon the crumb mixture over the apples evenly and place in the oven for 45 minutes when it’s golden brown and the apple smell is wafting through your oven.
Serve with some warm custard, pouring cream or ice cream (or all three).