Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Apple Crumble

I have a sweet tooth and love any dessert containing apples.  There's something so magically comforting about apple pie, crumble or simple roasted apples a la mode. The combination of tender apples, cinnamon, brown sugar and vanilla is heavenly.

I was going to make apple pie but didn't have enough time to chill my dough so I opted for the easier but equally delicious alternative- the crumble:) This takes  just a couple minutes of active time that you won't regret. Your home will be infused with the most comforting aroma while you wait for the main event:)

6 apples (2 granny smith, and four of any other variety such as winesap, braebum etc) cored, peeled and medium dived
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon and one stick
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 tablespoons cold butter cut into pieces
1 lemon juiced
1 tablespoon chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 400. In a saucepan place the apples, vanilla,  1 teaspoon cinnamon plus the stick and half the sugar and cook on medium low heat for around 8-10 minutes.  Coat with lemon juice and set aside.

Combine remaining sugar, flour, pecans, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and butter with your fingers until it resembles coarse crumbs.

Place the apples in a baking dish and cover with crumble topping. To avoid overspill, put the dish on a baking tray when you place it in the oven. Cook for 30 minutes.  Remove, let cool and serve with your favourite ice cream or gelato:)... I like vanilla the best!

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