“Apple crumble” hardly elicits mutters and moans but the minute you have a bite of the classic crumble you are immediately reminded of why it’s still around. Raisins unfortunately did this delicious fruit pudding a disservice but in my version there are no traces of old fashioned ginger, cinnamon and raisins, but rather a salty sweetness and a sticky sauce and a whole new delicious revival.
I also discovered (accidentally) that instead of only crumbling your topping until a sandy mixture is obtained, it should be over-worked and allowed to come together so that when you add your granola, it’s more on the clumpy side. This yields a crispier cobbler type crumble, which is much more exciting and layered with texture.
This picture actually does not do the taste any justice. I was photographing ice- cold old stale crumble. The real deal is dripping with saucy stickiness!
SALTED CARAMEL APPLE CRUMBLE
- 1 bag of top red apples (1.5kg)
- 1 cup apple juice
- 1/3 cup muscovado sugar
- 1 teaspoon Maldon salt
- 250g butter
- 2 cups flour (plain or self –raising)
- 1 ½ cups granola –like Woolworth’s Almond and Honey or Pecan and Maple
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- Pinch of Maldon salt
- Make the crumble by blending the butter, flour , sugar and salt until it starts to come together
- Crumble the dough and the granola together with your fingers
- Peel the apples, core, slice in half and then slice each half 3 times so you have 4 even slices
- Place in a bowl of water with a squeeze of lemon until all done
- Mix the apple juice with the sugar and salt, drain the apples and combine with the juice
- Place in 1 very large or 2 medium casserole dishes and top with crumble (there will be a teeny bit left over, feel free to freeze this and pop on top of tinned pie apples for a kids treat)
- Bake at 180 ˚C for about 50 minutes or until the sauce at the bottom is thickened to a caramel sauce
Serve with Vanilla ice-cream, salted caramel ice-cream, or fresh cream
BUT it’s most delicious topped with a burnt salted fudge sauce (https://www.cookstudio.co.za/savage-sauce/)