We think we’re well and truly out of summer now. The leaves are starting to turn orange and gold, and there’s a definite bite in the air that makes you fasten your coat up just a little more. To get well and truly into the autumn spirit, why not try this crunchy crumble? It can be made with a variety of seasonal fruit combinations, and is the ideal way to warm yourself up after a walk in the cold.
- 140g plain flour
- 100g unsalted butter, chilled
- 4 tablespoons rolled oats
- 2-3 tablespoons demerara sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 4 cooking apples or pears, or 6 plums (or a mixture!)
- Caster sugar
- 1-2 tablespoons honey
- Ice cream or natural yogurt, to serve
- Preheat your oven to 200c/180c fan/gas mark 6. Sift the flour into a bowl and cube your butter, then add to the bowl too.
- Using your hands, rub the flour and butter together until it resembles breadcrumbs and there are no remaining lumps of butter. Add the oats, demerara sugar and cinnamon to the mixture, and mix them in evenly.
- Core the apples and/or pears, and stone the plums, if using. You can peel the fruit if you wish, however, keeping the skins on gives more flavour and vitamins. Chop all the fruit and arrange in an ovenproof dish, layering the fruit as you go. In between each layer, sprinkle a little caster sugar over the fruit, and then once you have finished your arrangement, drizzle a little honey over.
- Sprinkle the crumble mixture over the fruit, making sure to fill any gaps. You can pack down the crumble for a neat appearance, or leave it loose for a more rustic look. Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until the crumble top is golden and the fruit is bubbling. Remove from the oven and allow it to cool a little before serving.
This is such a yummy dessert that will please the whole family! It can be tailored to your liking, and you can mix and match the fruit we use. You could use just apples for a classic dessert favourite, or go for something a little different, like pear and plum. You could even add in some blackberries for a tangy twist!
If you find that your topping isn’t crunchy enough, you could try chopping up some pecans and adding those to your crumble mixture, which will just add to the autumn flavours. Your options are just endless!