apple crumble

June 30, 2018
apple crumble

I was going to share the recipe for Ella’s chocolate brownies today. I made them a couple of weeks ago adding in shredded coconut instead of the usual walnuts. That little twist was a result of not having any walnuts in the cupboard. The experiment was a huge success and they were as amazing as ever. Brownies were always the thing that Ella baked so I was especially excited to share the news with her that they were coming to VB.

The response: “you’ve posted them before!” It was two against one, me being adamant that I hadn’t.  But here’s the thing. I’d posted them before!!!! Oh dear…technically they’re different because they have coconut in them…mmm maybe not. But if you are suddenly inspired to make chocolate coconut brownies, the recipe is here, just substitute the quantity of walnuts for shredded coconut. And here’s a photo to tempt you.

chocolate coconut brownies

So today I’ll share – apple crumble!!! What’s there to say about apple crumble other than it’s delicious; brings back lots of memories of puddings on a cool (it’s never cold here) winter’s evening; eating just a little too much every single time; and it was requested by Ella, so it’s kind of related to chocolate brownies anyway.

The moral of my story is to do a quick search to make sure a brilliant idea hasn’t already been used. Enjoy (all three offerings included in this post!)

apple crumble


apple crumble


apple crumble
Serves: 6
  • 5 green apples, cored and sliced lengthways about 1cm thick
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup water
  • 150 grams plain flour
  • 90 grams unsalted butter at room temperature
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ⅓ cup shredded coconut
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon mixed spice
  • honey to drizzle over the top
  1. Place the apples, lemon zest, sugar, cinnamon and ½ cup of water in a saucepan. Bring to a gentle boil, then reduce heat to low, cover with a lid, and cook for 10 minutes. The apples should be lightly softened. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius.
  3. Place the flour and room temperature butter in a large bowl and rub together with the tips of your fingers until they resemble fine breadcrumbs. (If you have a food processor, you can use it for this part.)
  4. Add the oats, shredded coconut, brown sugar and mixed spice, and mix together.
  5. Spoon the apples into a baking dish (a pie dish works well). Top with the crumble mixture and drizzle a little honey over the top.
  6. Bake for 35 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Serve with cream or ice-cream.


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