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May 24, 2010 | by  | in Opinion |
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Apple Crumble

An easy way to use up old apples.


  • 2 apples
  • 6 tablespoons porridge/oatmeal
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 6 tablespoons coconut
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 50 grams/1.8 ounces butter


  • Preheat oven to 150oC/300oF.
  • Peel the apples, core and slice them.
  • Put in a saucepan with a little water (not enough to cover) and cook over an element until just tender.
  • Place in a small oven-proof dish.
  • Melt the butter.
  • Mix butter with porridge/oatmeal, flour, coconut, and brown sugar to make the topping.
  • Sprinkle topping over the apples evenly, and press down gently.
  • Bake for about 15 minutes, until the topping is cooked and browned.
  • Served best with custard or ice cream.

If you want, you can use canned apples and not have to cook the apples beforehand. You can also add a can of drained peaches to the recipe, laying them down with the apples before adding the topping.

Tip of the week:

Some ovens are much better than others, and some can bake or cook unevenly. If you have one such troublesome oven, always set your timer to half of what the recipe says, then when it goes off turn the pan/pot/dish/etc around, and bake/cook for the rest of the time.

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  1. rosemary says:

    any ideas on what sort of spices to use in apple crumple. I like mine with cinnimon, nutmeg, or maybe a hint of ginger.

  2. YY says:

    The ones you mentioned are great. Any brand of generic mixed spices is also good. I like to throw nuts in the recipe. Macadamia or almond works best.

    Also; rather than draining canned fruit, you can use the juice/syrup instead of milk in the custard (not too much though, 50% at very most).

  3. Renee Lyons says:

    Fruit juice for custard? I’ve never done that but it sounds interesting, I’ll have to try it some time! As for spices, I usually go for some sort of mixed spices packet, simply because it’s easiest. But individually, cinnamon is probably my favourite spice to use. And almonds. Almonds are the best, add almonds to anything and you’re good to go!

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