Once upon a time four friends, Apple, Sugar, Butter and Flour decided to get together and go to Bangkok. The trip was a decadent success because the planning had been immaculate, the execution even better and the two and half days in a foreign city were moreish and delish beyond words.
The combination was a calorific bomb. Initially, Apple was sour, certainly not in the mood for fun. Sugar was sweet, but quiet, Butter was an unsalted block of “don’t-mess-with-me” attitude and the All- purpose flour was balanced and unruffled. Yet they packed up and went!
In the wee hours of a Friday morning they reached Changi airport – excited (no kids attached), nervous (what if this fails), hungry (in anticipation of food coma at Cedele) and full of craziness (since they all had a gene and a half of a mad hatter). Chak dey pathay!
Continuous laughter, cheap jokes, eclectic behavior, sinful Thai meals, luxurious massages, long walks, even longer metro rides, strange cab drivers, stranger cabs, good looking men, elevator madness, foul breakfasts, sweaty shopping areas, over populated ChatuChak Market, Rahat Fateh Ali songs, water theft, photo paparazzi is what they did and much more
Whether it was a frenzy to catch the plane, the cab or the metro – Sugar, Butter and Flour would always join hands and make a run and leave the weeping Apple far behind. However, Apple was content and unperturbed - Strong to the core! Or so it seemed. Whilst the daytime was spent ticking things off, the nights were a crumble, a falling apart with laughter, madness, tears and therapy. A time when Sugar, Butter and Flour decided to cobbler together to shield the Apple as it withered to mushiness. Sugar would spread sweetness through silliness; Butter would melt away with consideration and care and Flour extended strength and resilience. And this was the time that the Apple Crumble was born in the real sense of relationships. A strong shield of sorts for the not so strong at heart.
This naturally brings me to a self-indulging recipe of Apple Crumble that is sure to hit the spot. Chopped apples, topped with knobs of sugar, butter and flour, seasoned with flecks of cinnamon are slowly baked together until the top is golden brown and chewy. As the squishy apples underneath try to break through the crispy ceiling the warmth of cinnamon spice is spread all around.
Ingredients (Serves 8-10 big hearted people)
850 g of Cooking Apples
2 tbsp. of Lemon Juice
3 tbsp. of Brown Sugar
½ tsp. Cinnamon Powder
½ cup Raisins (Optional)
Butter for greasing the dish
200 g Unsalted Butter (Cold)
150 g All Purpose flour
150 g of Oat flakes
180 g of soft Brown Sugar
½ cup of Chopped Almonds (Optional)
Generously grease a 3 Litre baking dish with butter and set aside
Peel, core and chop apples into small chunks, mix with lemon juice, brown sugar, cinnamon and raisins in a bowl and toss in the greased baking dish
Using your fingertips rub in cubed butter, flour, oats and sugar and chopped almonds until you get a rough crumble.
Tumble the crumble mixture over the chopped apples and don’t pack it down
Bake for 45 minutes in a pre-heated oven at 190 C (375 F) until the top is golden brown and the soft apples are peeping through the edges.
Feasting Recommendations: Serve warm with generous helpings of Vanilla Ice cream or whipped cream. I have used homemade Crunch Ice cream for this recipe – a recipe that I will share in a later blog
Back to the four friends – And they crumbled happily ever after.