Love Autumn, Love Apples


Sadly, these days apples don’t feel like an autumn fruit. We have got so good at storing last season's apples forever or importing them, that they have lost the ages old association with Autumn's mists and mellow fruitfulness.

But apples are the quintessential harvest fruit, alongside blackberries and they are everywhere at the moment. Right now Borough Market, London’s larder, is overflowing with with varieties that have long since disappeared from the supermarket shelves. And there are curious apple events all over the country. Even the National Trust, at properties like Fenton House in Hampstead, is celebrating what is perhaps our national fruit.



So what do you do with all these lovely apples once you have got them home? Well, whether you are a Leith trained cook or an expert at piercing the film lid of life, this is apple crumble time and crumble you must. Not apple pie, mind, but crumble. So, to give you a little encouragement here is our favourite and super swift crumble recipe.

Get some apples of any variety but it’s nice to mix them up a bit, just make sure one is a Bramley, and try adding one pear too. Peel, core and slice them and lay them in a casserole or deep baking dish. Add a handful of blackberries, a table spoon of soft brown sugar and half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Combine the sugar and cinnamon with the apple. How much apple depends on how deep your dish is and make sure that there is room for the crumble on top.

For the crumble put 75gms of butter (best if it is chilled and diced), 100gms of demerara sugar and 175gms of sifted self raising flour into a food processor and whizz until it all resembles breadcrumbs. Then add 50gms of almonds with their skin on and pulse until they are finely chopped too. Take the mixture and top the apple with it, covering all the apple and pressing it down.

Pop into a pre-heated oven at 200C for 40-45 mins, the middle of the oven is best as it can burn at the top. Whip out and serve with cream, ice cream or creme fraiche.

Super easy, super quick, super yummy.

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