Ingredients: America we make fruit crisps and cobblers, but in Ireland crumble is our go-to, easy-to-make comfort dessert. In fact, crumble may be one of the easiest and most reliable desserts to prepare, with success simply guaranteed. It can be made in advance, stored and cooked when needed. Adaptation of the basic recipe is a cinch. You can simply use ingredients you have at hand, using whatever fruit is in season.
- 1 and 1/4 cups of all-purpose/plain flour (225g or6oz)
- 1/2 cup of oatmeal/porridge oats (50g/2oz)
- 1 stick of butter (85g/3oz) - preferably soft.
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar (85-110g/3-4oz)
- 3 to 4 Granny Smith apples (or 2 large Bramley cooking apples) - peeled and
- 1/4 cup of sugar to sweeten apples.
- Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees F/180 degrees celsius.
- Sift the flour into a large bowl.
- Rub the flour and the butter together with your fingertips until the mixture
looks like breadcrumbs.
- Mix in the brown sugar and oats. Set the crumble aside to prepare the apples.
- Grease a 1.5 quart oven-proof dish.
- Peel and slice the apples.
- Layer the fruit and sugar in the base of the dish.
- Spread the crumble mix over the top.
- Cook in a 375F/180C oven for 35 to 40 minutes.
- Cool slightly before serving. Serve with cream, hot custard or ice cream.