Hey there everyone!
Recently I have really enjoyed watching Gordon Ramsay’s “Ultimate Cookery Course“.
Even though I think there is a lot more about cooking that he could have taught, he explained the basics very well.
It certainly doesn’t feel like you’re learning as it is so free of stress to watch and is packed with easy dishes to inspire.
I think anyone from novice to chef will find they have learned a little something by the end of the course!
If you don’t like Gordon Ramsay for his swearing, don’t worry, it is simply him, food and a kitchen and the combination that makes delicious food!
One of these episodes inspired me to make one of his dishes straight away! Off I sped into the kitchen!
I love apple crumble though it isn’t a childhood treat I remember at all.
In fact I think I have only had it when it has been made by my in laws!
When Gordon made this one, with grated and chopped apples in caramel, I just had to try it!
The only requirement for this dish is that you have a hob and oven safe dish, or even a metal handled frying pan!
If your dish doesn’t state whether it is safe or not, put a small amount of cold water in your dish of choice (of course, no plastic for this!).
Turn up your hob to a reasonably hot setting and watch it from a distance as the water boils, leave to boil for 5 minutes.
Remove the water and leave to cool and if your dish hasn’t cracked from the boiling water or the cooling it should be great for your apple crumble!
Tried and tested!
On to the recipe!
3 tablespoons caster sugar
Pinch of ground cinnamon
1 vanilla pod, seeds only!
3 apples, cored but not peeled. 1 and a half grated, 1 and a half cut into bite sized chunks
3 tablespoons dried cranberries
Zest of a lemon, juice of a quarter
For the crumble topping
50g plain flour
1 tablespoon Demerara sugar
25g butter, cubed and chilled
Pinch of ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons granola or muesil
Preheat the oven to 200oc
Heat a small hob proof dish and add the caster sugar until caramelised, swirling the dish but NEVER stirring.
Take off the heat and add the cinnamon, vanilla seeds and grated apples without their excess water.
Cook for a minute or two.
Stir in the apple chunks, cranberries, lemon zest and juice.
Take off the heat and set aside.
In a bowl, place flour, sugar and cinnamon, adding in the cubes of butter.
Using your fingertips rub the mixture together until it resembles breadcrumbs.
Add the granola and mix until incorporated.
Sprinkle the crumble over the fruits and return to the hob.
Once you see bubbles surfacing to the top of the crumble place in the oven for 12 -14 minutes until golden brown.
Serve warm, amazing with custard.
A warming homely dessert you can cook up in a flash…so romantic!
Happy…………………..V…day…to anyone who is celebrating!
*When excluding Cranberries and Muesli