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Raspberry & Apple Crumble

Time: 10 minutes prep; 10 seconds–15 minutes in the Thermomix; 25 minutes baking
Yield: An army if you wish, or a couple if you prefer

The crumble, the working class’s quick-as-a-flash version of a full-on pie, is my go-to dessert whenever a crew gathers for a feed—whether formal, informal, or anywhere in between. Like so many foods we have grown up with, it invariably leads to a standing ovation when the last spoon has been licked clean. In this world of gels, dust and foams, we too often forget the beauty of the simplest of dishes.

The only creative process involved in making a crumble is getting the mix right; if you see a recipe that includes oats, toss the recipe and the book in which it appears into the nearest hopper. The crumble refers not to the baked result, but the texture of the butter-flour-sugar mixture—crumby and crumbly. Adding oats and/or coconut, which has come into vogue in recent times, changes the flavour and texture of the crumble mix.

The reality is the crumble topping is the quick and easy way to make a pastry, working from the top down, rather than the bottom up. Look at the recipe: butter, sugar, (self-raising) flour: the perfect mix of flavour, fat and texture.

It’s better to make more of the topping mix rather than run short—it keeps well. It’s also better to make the largest crumble you can conceive, as it reheats beautifully and is great served from the fridge for breakfast. And it’s also better to let your imagination run wild as to what goes under the crumble: apples, pears, quinces, apricots, raspberries, blackcurrants—solo or mixed together, depending on what’s in season—are all stars of the show. Of course you can make the crumble using just your fingers, while listening to a little Bach, Beatles or Beyonce, but the Thermomix does it wonderfully well in seconds. 

The best partner for any crumble is your home-made ice cream; or, at the best least, the best pure cream your arteries can survive

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Raspberry & Apple Crumble
For the stewed fruit
10 apples, depending on size (you can mix and match with pears or quinces), peeled and chopped into chunks. You will need at least a kilogram of peeled and cored fruit.
125 grams fresh or frozen raspberries
1 lemon, zested and juiced
60 grams sugar—10 per cent sugar to the weight of the fruit (depends on personal taste)
50 grams water
Crumble topping
150 grams self-raising flour
100 grams sugar (any sugar is fine)
100 grams cold unsalted butter, chopped roughly into cubes. The butter must be cold, and not the tub variety that is mixed to spread easily.
Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180C.

2. Peel and core the apples, and chop roughly into chunks, and toss with lemon juice to prevent discolouring. The lemon juice and zest also provide great middle flavour to the cooked apples.

3. Make the topping. Add the flour, sugar and butter to the mixing bowl, and pulse 3 seconds/speed 9. “Feel” the mix through the fingers. If not entirely mixed, scrape down sides, and pulse 2 seconds/speed 9. Remove from bowl. Rub the mix to incorporate any butter that has not crumbed.

4. There are so many ways to cook the apples. I prefer to cook them in the microwave, for 10-12 minutes until broken down, but not yet pureed. The microwave also allows for as much fruit as you can peel and chop. If you prefer the  thermomix, you are restricted to about 1 kilo of peeled fruit, but it does produce a wonderful outcome. Put the apple and lemon mix, sugar and water in the bowl, and cook 100 degrees/15 minutes/speed soft, with MC on. The mix will have softened, and given off a deal of juice. It’s your choice to whizz to a puree, or leave as softened chunks. Once cooked, taste. If the mix needs more sweetening, add more sugar to taste, and cook for another minute or two. If you make a mistake with the first attempt, you never will again. 

5. Allow the apple mix to cool (it does not have to be cold), add raspberries and stir through, and cover with the crumble topping. 

6. Cook in preheated 180C oven for 20−25 minutes, until the topping is firm and browned. Some of the apple mix may bubble through the top. Allow to cool a little so you don’t burn your tongue.

7. Serve with cream or best vanilla bean ice cream or honey ice cream.

AND … The crumble is just as delicious served cold with yoghurt for breakfast

3 Comments

JenniferAnne's picture
JenniferAnne 2 years 3 days ago

Superb crumble topping!

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SarahLHEgypt 1 year 10 months ago

Best crumble topping I've tried. I usually make my crumble with plain flour but SR flour is so much better.

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TMixPlus Team 1 year 10 months ago

SarahLHEgypt Thanks again. We love getting feedback from our readers.

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