Sunday, 22 September 2013
Crumble - School Dinner Favourite
'Everybody's good at cooking something and I'm good at cooking crumble, in fact I've got one in the oven, would you like some?' so sang Lorraine Bowen on her Surburban Exotica album.
It's so easy to make, even I'm good at cooking crumble!
For the crumble
300g/10½oz plain flour, sieved pinch of salt
200g/7oz unsalted butter, cubed at room temperature
Knob of butter for greasing (Mmmm)
For the filling
450g/1lb apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1cm/½in pieces. You're not just limited to apples, you can use any fruit you like, rhubarb and ginger works well together as does my personal favourite bramble and apple. Use your imagination, though I'm not sure about citrus fruits.
1 tbsp plain flour
1 pinch of ground cinnamon (optional)
1.Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
2.Place the flour and sugar in a large bowl and mix well. Taking a few cubes of butter at a time rub into the flour mixture. Keep rubbing until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
Technique: Rubbing in method. Watch technique here
Place the fruit in a large bowl and sprinkle over the sugar, flour and cinnamon. Stir well being careful not to break up the fruit.
4.Butter a 24cm/9in ovenproof dish. Spoon the fruit mixture into the bottom, then sprinkle the crumble mixture on top.
5.Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes until the crumble is browned and the fruit mixture bubbling.
Serve with thick cream,custard or ice cream. It was only ever served with custard at our school, and I won't have it any other way.