One of my all-time favourite desserts. I've been making this apple crumble since I was about thirteen and I couldn't tell how many people have already tried it during dinner parties at my place - it never disappoints. Me and a couple of my classmates used to eat this on the rooftop of my grandma's apartment building in Vilnius. It brings the best memories every time this crumble comes out of the oven. Three ingredients for the crumble, five for the juicy apples, 35 mins in the oven and there you have it.
Great thing about it is that you can prepare the crumb mixture a day in advance and keep it covered in the fridge. Don't forget to place it at room temperature about 1 hour prior baking.
serves 4 | cooking time: 20 min. prep & 35 min. baking
For the crumbs:
- 60 g of sugar (fine brown sugar is best)
- 100 g of cold butter
- 120 g of plain flour
For the apples:
- 4 medium apples
- 40 g of sugar
- 2 tsp of cinnamon
- a pinch of salt
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract or seeds
Peel apples and cut them into uneven shaped medium size pieces. Place them into a saucepan with other ingredients prepared 'for the apples'. Cook on low-medium heat for 5 minutes. Transfer into individual ceramic ramekins or one oven dish. If you wish to use one larger oven dish, I'd suggest doubling the ingredients. There can never be too much of apple crumble. If there's lots of liquid left from the apples, reduce it by half by simmering on low heat. Once it's done - pour remaining liquid over the apples.
Preheat oven to 180°C.
Prepare the crumbs: cut cold butter into small pieces and mix it with sugar and flour prepared for the crumbs. Rub the mixture between your fingers until it resembles fine bread crumbs. Divide equally between the ramekins and spread to make an even layer. However, do not top apples with the crumb mixture if the apples are still hot as this would result in some of the dough starting to melt before even baking it. Bake for 35 minutes or until the crumbs are golden brown. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Ah, the sweet moments of life...