The ingredients below will make a medium sized apple crumble, enough for four people.
3 medium cooking apples
Granulated sugar 180 grams
Butter or cooking margarine 120 grams
Self-raising flour 150 grams
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup rolled oats or Corn Flakes
Cashew nuts or Walnuts
Vanilla extract 1tsp
Turn your oven on now so that it's pre-heated ready to cook later on! Heat settings are 180C / 350F / Gas Mark 5.
Now, make the 'crumble' mixture. I've tried this with my hands, an electric blender and a fork. I think a fork is best but the experts prefer hands!
Mix the butter / margarine with the flour in a dry bowl using a fork until you have a texture like breadcrumbs. It's not important that every single bit is like breadcrumbs, but try and get most of it like that. This will take about three minutes. If you are adding the optional ingredients of oatmeal or Corn Flakes,cashew nuts do it now. Mix it all in well.
Add 4 (not all the 6) ounces/ 120g of sugar to the mixture and mix it all together with the fork. This will tend to make the mixture even more like breadcrumbs. That's your crumble mixture made and ready.
Peel the apples and cut each one into four parts. Cut out the core from each of the sections
Slice the apple quarters - no need to slice them too thinly, about six slices per quarter section of apple will do just fine.
Put the apple slices into the casserole dish. If you are adding the optional cinnamon, do it now. Make sure it is sprinkled evenly throughout the apples. Sprinkle the remaining 2 ounces of sugar /60g evenly over the apples.
Now, evenly spread the 'crumble' mixture over the sugared apples.
Put this into the middle of your pre-heated oven at 180C / 350F / Gas Mark 5 for 30-40 minutes.
When the crumble is cooked, leave it to cool for at least 15 minutes.
Beware, apple crumble can stay really hot for an hour or so.
Serve hot or cold with ice cream, cream or custard.