Apple crumble is a very English dessert. Did you know that Stressed spelt backwards is Desserts? So when you are feeling the blues, a dose of sugar acts as a Kickstarter and uplifts the mood. Forget love many would fall for chocolate any day !! The rain Gods have come early and the skies have opened up and cooled down the scorching earth with the cool showers. Perfect time for a warm apple pie that also warms the cockles of your heart.
I started cooking at the age of 12 but it was just brewing tea or the regular dal-roti made at home. It was more to help mom than any culinary interest on my part.
When I was around 16 or 17 I attended cookery classes in Hyderabad. It was vacation time and as usual, my cousins and I were together having a ball. There was this sophisticated elegant Ms.Kapoor, in her chiffons and pearls, living in Banjara Hills, who was conducting cooking classes which seemed frightfully expensive at that time. I could afford to learn very few recipes at that time but each one that I learnt was a winner and still clearly etched in my mind.
Apple crumble was the first dessert that I learnt at the class. At that time, brown sugar was synonymous with heroin but then I learnt that it was white sugar combined with molasses. I knew only Simla apples but now I came to know that there were apples from the letter A to Z…..Adam’s apple to Zestar apple.
Apple crumble needs tart apples or cooking apples. I carried home brown sugar from Hyderabad and tried it out a couple of times. The aroma of freshly ground cinnamon mixed with apples and the tangy zest and juice of lemon together is intoxicating, to say the least.
Close your eyes and put a spoonful of the pie in your mouth. The play of textures of the warm, crunchy, crumbly top and the stewed, mushy apples combined with the cold cream tickles the palate and the senses.And my heart goes mmmmmmmmmmmmmm ❤
APPLE CRUMBLE? Pie
6 tart apples or real firm regular apples
5 tbsp brown sugar
½ tsp grated lemon zest
2 tsp lemon juice
½ cup fine sugar
1 cup flour
1 tsp cinnamon powder
50gms walnuts crushed
50gms almonds or pecans crushed
50gm melted butter
2 tbsp crushed cornflakes or oatmeal
1 cup fresh whipped cream
Peel , core and slice apples. Take the lemon zest and juice and brown sugar .Mix well and keep aside.
Heat the oven to 150 degrees.
Rub butter into flour with both hands until you get the consistency of bread crumbs. Add fine sugar, cinnamon powder, 2 tbsp of brown sugar, walnut and almond powder, crushed cornflakes or oatmeal and mix well.Mix well until all the ingredients are nice and evenly crumbly to touch.
Line an oven dish with the apples mixed with lemon zest, juice and brown sugar. Pour the crumble mixture over the apples and press down.
Bake at 150 degrees for 30 mins and see that the crust is nice and golden brown. Insert a skewer and check if the apples are just cooked and not gone completely soft. Remove from oven and serve hot with fresh whipped cream, ice-cream or custard.
Is it raining where you live or is it just cold? Try this very English Apple Crumble pie and feel the warmth spreading all over you.