Sometimes the best dessert is an old fashioned favourite particularly on a cold winter's night and you need some comfort food.
I can remember both my Nana's making stewed apple and either using it for breakfast or putting in a pie or my ultimate favourite topped with a buttery crumble. The sweetness of the fruit topped with that buttery chewy crumble with ice-cream to me was like heaven. We were never a family who had dessert after dinner so going to Nan's place for dinner was a highlight because there was always dessert and this particularly dessert was my favourite.
Its funny how you continue traditions in your family, we are also not a dessert after dinner household unless we have people over. If the kids are hungry after dinner they can have a piece of fruit and that is about it. But like most kids they do like dessert so the other day when they asked I decided to teach them about crumble and why it was special to me. They loved helping make it but they enjoyed eating it even more!
There is something special about making a recipe that is in your family. As I made this I told my kids stories and memories about my Nana's and the famous Sunday dinners that they both used to host for family. But for me the memories really came flooding back as I ate each mouthful of the crumble because it was exactly as Nana used to make.
Over the years cooks and chefs have altered the humble crumble mix to make it a more healthier version. Many recipes now cut down on the sugar and butter component and instead use oats to get the crumble topping or another healthier baking ingredient to make the crumble.
I have tried these recipes and whilst I appreciate the healthy option its still not a crumble in my opinion. You need to have the sugars and the butter to create something so amazing. Some recipes in my opinion just never should be modernised and this is one of them.
So no its not the most healthy crumble but as I always say no food is bad when it is in moderation.
Prep 10 min // Cook 45 min
5- 6 large apples peeled, cored and chopped into pieces (traditionally people use granny smith apples but you can use any apples you have )
1 cup strawberries cored and cut into half
1 cup blueberries
1 cup raspberries
4 tablespoons caster sugar
1/4 cup water
1 1/2 cups plain flour
3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup white sugar
1/2 tbs cinnamon
Place all ingredients into a saucepan and place on a high heat until boiling and then stir until the apple is soft then remove from heat and place into a baking tray to cool.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
Place all ingredients except the butter into a bowl and mix through well.
Chop the butter into small knobs and put in the dry ingredient mixture.
With your fingers massage the butter through until the mixture resembles a soft fine crumble.
When the fruit is cooled scatter the crumble mix over the fruit and then bake in the oven for about 20min. To crisp the crumble change the oven setting to grill on high and grill for about 5 min.
Serve hot with ice-cream.