October is here and what better way to kickstart the month than making a classic Apple Crumble! I like to think that apple crumble was developed by someone who just couldn’t be bothered with making a pie crust, which was exactly the reason I decided to make it! It’s fast, easy and all that spice really warms up your insides. With Mumbai rains not wanting to say goodbye, we all know we could use some warmth and coziness this Sunday morning.
I have developed this recipe to make a crumble with the humble wheat atta that we can find in any Indian household. I’ve also included some oats and walnuts for an extra crunch and depth of flavour. You can omit the walnuts if you like.
Apple Crumble For Two
For the Apple Mixture
- 1 apple peeled and diced
- 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- pinch of nutmeg
- pinch of salt
For the Crumble
- 1/4 cup flour(wheat atta or all purpose flour)
- 2 tbsp oats(quick oats will do)
- 11/2 tbsp butter(cold and diced)
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tbsp chopped walnuts(optional)
- Preheat the oven at 180°C.
- Place the flour, oats and sugar in a bowl and mix well. Taking a few cubes of cold butter at a time, rub into the flour mixture. Keep rubbing until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
- In another bowl, combine the ingredients for the apple mixture. Stir well being careful not to break up the fruit.
- Spoon the mixture into a pie dish and sprinkle the crumble mixture on top.
- Bake it in the oven at 180°C for about 15 to 20 minutes.
- If you don’t have a pie dish, you can divide the mixture between two 9oz ramekins, or just use one shallow oven-safe dish of approximately 5” diameter.