As a child I baked quite often with my Grandma, she made everything from cake to trifle. She taught me many things but one of my favourite things was a fruit crumble. I loved the simplicity of the dish and the fullness of the flavour. It was a favourite of mine to eat with a ball of vanilla ice cream. This Christmas I am making this beautiful dish and giving it a festive twist. I love using the basic crumble recipe to create new and exciting dishes.
- Mixing Bowl
- Oven Proof Dish
- Wooden Spoon
- Weighing Scales – Our scales are more industrial but my mum has these and are great.
- 350g (12oz) – Baking Apples
- 50g (2oz) – Margarine
- 100g (4oz) – Self Raising Flour
- 50g (2oz) – Sugar
- 1 Tablespoon – Ground Ginger – add more to taste if you feel it needs it.
- Heat oven to 190ºC, 375ºF, Gas Mark 5.
- Peel the apples, chop into smaller chunks and place in a saucepan, add a little sugar to help counteract the sourness of the fruit. Boil until the apple pieces become soft.
- While the apples are cooking prepare the crumble. Start by placing the margarine and sugar, flour and ginger in the bowl.
- Using your hands mix the butter and dry ingredients together, rub together to make small crumbs with your fingers. This is a great basic crumble recipe that you can use and adapt to other crumble recipes in the future.
- Once the apples have softened, remove from heat and drain. Let cool before placing with the crumble as the heat will melt the margarine.
- After the apples have cooled place them in an ovenproof dish and top it with the basic crumble mixture.
- Place in the oven when you are ready to eat and cook for 20 minutes or until the crumble is golden brown.
- Serve with cream, ice cream or on its own.
Let me know in the comments below what you thought of the Gingerbread Crumb Apple Crumble below in the comments. Also, have you tried adding a different flavour or secret ingredient to your basic crumble recipe before? If so let me know what it was in the comments below.