An Apple Crumble Recipe with an Indulgent Twist March 21, 2017
At HelloFresh, we love apple crumble. Traditionally, crumble is reserved for fruit like apples, berries and pears. But, if you think about it, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that adding a bit of deep, dark chocolate to the mix will add yet another layer of deliciousness to this already exceptional dessert. Apple crumble has crunch. They’ve got a good bit of melty butter in the crumble and the apple is often delightfully tangy. Adding the creaminess of dark chocolate gives you a range of textures that’ll have you ooohing and ahhhing until the bowl is empty.
Next time you make an apple crumble, break up some dark chocolate and add it in. You won’t be disappointed.
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- 3-4 Bramley cooking apples
- 100g granulated sugar
- 200g dark chocolate
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 150g plain flour (also works well with gluten-free flour)
- 75g salted butter, softened
- If you're planning to cook it straight after preparing, preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas 4.
- If you want, however, you can make the crumble beforehand, and cook it later. First, you need to prepare the apples. Half fill a large saucepan with water, and peel, core and chop the apples into 1-2cm chunks and 1 stick of cinnamon. Place them in the saucepan to stop them from ruining. Drain all of the water from the saucepan, add another 2 tbsp of water and 50g of the sugar, and place on a medium heat on the hob. Stew until the apples become mushy. Once mushy, put the apples into an ovenproof dish – remove the cinnamon stick.
- Break the dark chocolate up into chunks and sprinkle on top of the apples in the dish.
- Place the flour and the remaining sugar in a mixing bowl. Add the butter and use your hands to mix everything together until the mixture resembles large breadcrumbs. Pour this evenly on top of the stewed apple. If you are making the crumble in advance, cover it with cling film and allow to cool to room temperature before placing in the fridge. When ready to cook, place the crumble in the preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes. Don't worry if the crumble doesn't looked cooked properly, it most likely is! Eat hot from the oven.
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5 Rooky Errors People Make with Apple Crumble
1 Not preboiling the apples
Some people simply slice the apples up and lay them in a baking dish without stewing the before. To bring out the tangy, juicy goodness of an apple, we’d advise adding some water to your apples and boiling to make a delightfully bubbling crumble. The soft apple stew is so great as a contrast to the crunchy crumble.
2 Not adding enough butter to crumble
If you don’t add the right amount of butter when you’re making the flour, butter and sugar into crumble, you won’t get that golden brown, crumble and it’ll be too powdery.
3 Adding too much sugar to apples
When you cook the apples, the sugars come out naturally. Only add a little bit of sugar, because you want to maintain the tangy flavour of the apples, again – for contrast with the sweet crumble and chocolate.
4 Not spicing the apples
When you’re stewing the apples, add a cinnamon stick and it’ll add a lot of flavour to your apples. Remove the cinnamon stick before putting the crumble together.
5 Not eating it fresh
In the movies, you normally see that steaming hot pie coming out of the oven and everyone’s eyes light up. That fresh crumble is a million times better than a day old or even store bought crumble.
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