Is there anything that sums up an autumn afternoon more than sitting down to a Sunday lunch and tucking into a delicious apple crumble for dessert? We thought not. Packed with flavour and a firm favourite with kids and adults alike, it's a perfect way to make use of your homegrown apple crops.
If carefully harvested at the right time and stored in a cool place, your apples will keep for several months. But what about the ones that, despite your best efforts, you dropped and bruised when you placed them in your basket, or windfall apples you didn't quite pick in time? Using them up in a tasty apple crumble means they won't go to waste.
This recipe will serve eight and takes 1 hour 10 minutes to make. Serve with a side of warm custard (or cream if that's more to your taste) and you're onto a winner.
- 125g butter
- 120g flour
- 100g ground almonds
- 50g demerara sugar
- 40g oats
- 20g flaked almonds
- 500g Bramley apples, peeled, cored and chopped
- 1tsp almond essence
- zest and juice of 1 lemon
- 50g caster sugar
1. Heat the oven to 180˚C/Gas 4. To make the topping, rub the butter, flour and ground almonds together until they resemble breadcrumbs. Stir through the demerara sugar, oats, almonds and a pinch of salt, and set aside.
2. In a large oven dish, mix the apples with the almond essence, lemon zest and juice, and caster sugar. Top with the crumble mixture.
3. Bake for 50 mins, or until golden and crunchy on top. Serve with custard, ice cream or cream.
Not yet harvested the apples from your trees? We've got plenty of advice on how to do it, the best ways to store your apples and top tips from Monty Don, all in our guide to harvesting apples.
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Beth's first journalism job was working for Real Homes magazine more than 18 years ago. It cemented her love of all things homes- and garden-related and she's never looked back since.
Her garden is a really important part of her family's home, and they were lucky enough to inherit a space with lots of lovely mature planting when they bought their 1930s home.
Since then, they've built several raised beds for a veg patch, increased the size of the flowerbeds to find room for yet more of her favourite David Austin roses and her husband's collection of hostas, created an outdoor living room complete with comfy sofas and festoon lights, and not forgetting the biggest challenge of all – trying to fit in the ever changing assortment of trampolines, climbing frames and outdoor toys that are inevitable when you have two young kids!
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