Our Warm and Comforting Nutty Crumble
Winter is definitely upon us. It's cold, really cold, and I, like many others, find myself in need of some warmth and comfort in food...which leads me to an Apple Crumble! Who doesn't love crumble? A childhood staple on winter's days, at school or after the family Sunday Roast. I'm here today with a "clean" version, which has had the seal of approval from the Clean Little Tummies.
Using sweet fruits in a crumble means you don't have to add any extra sugar, just some cinnamon or spice if you like to add extra flavour and warmth to the filling. In this recipe I've used dessert apples, pears and sultanas - all naturally sweet, so they can be used just as they are. (Of course, if you want to use different fruits that you have then go ahead, crumbles are great for using up fruit that is in season.)
The divine crumble topping in this recipe has a lovely almond flavour - if you're a fan of marzipan then this one is for you. I've used butter to mix the crumble, but coconut oil works just as well. The addition of the maple syrup gives a sweet taste to the topping which, combined with the sweet fruits, makes for a delicious dessert. And it's quick to make too, so if you're in a hurry after school or before you head out on a family excursion at the weekend it's easy to put together.
What do I need?
This recipe/these ingredients makes enough for a family of 5/6 people with some leftovers depending on how hungry you are of course! You can make it in one dish or make individual portions like I did. The cooking time will need adjusting for individual crumbles.
For the Crumble
180g ground almonds
1 tbsp of maple syrup
1 tsp of vanilla extract
Flaked almonds for scattering on the top
For the Fruit Filling
4 apples peeled, cored and chopped into small chunks
4 pears peeled, cored and chopped into small chunks
2 tbsps sultanas (optional)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
What do I do?
Pre heat the oven to 180C
Slice the apples and pears into chunks and mix with cinnamon (if using) and a tablespoon of water in a saucepan and simmer gently over a low heat until soft. Don't over cook them or they will turn to mush!! Not nice! OR, for a quicker way, place in a microwavable bowl, cover and cook for 2-3 minutes until all the fruit is softened. Mix in the sultanas.
Place the fruit in an oven proof dish.
Combine the crumble ingredients and rub the ingredients together until they become a breadcrumb consistency .OR for a quicker, less messy method, blitz all together in a food processor.
Top the fruit filling with the crumble mixture, sprinkle with flaked almonds and bake in the oven for about 20-25 minutes until hot and golden brown.
If making individual portions bake for 10-15 minutes.
Enjoy with natural yoghurt or creme fraiche.
Happy Crumbling & Stay Warm!
Caroline & The Clean Little Tummies xxxx