Monday 16 February 2009

Individual Apple & Cinnamon Oat Crumbles

Today is my blogs 2nd birthday! I can’t believe it’s rolled round again so quickly. It doesn’t feel as though 12 months have passed since I made the spiced apple cake for the blogs 1st birthday last year. Keeping with the apple and spice tradition, and as I’m still in the ‘everything individual is so cute’ stage I decided to make some apple and cinnamon crumbles to celebrate.

These were so quick to make as no pre cooking of the apple is required. I didn’t think they would need it as the crumbles are baked in individual ramekins and so would get a good heat exposure on all sides. It’s simply a matter of chopping the apple and topping with crumble mix before baking. You can be eating it in under an hour which is always a bonus when you get the sudden urge for something sweet. I think it’s nice to get a whole individual dessert to yourself, rather than having a spoonful out of a bigger dish, as I find it seems to satisfy me without creating the urge to go back and have another scoop as can happen with bigger dishes. Plus it prevents squabbles that someone has got more topping than someone else or they’ve taken the crispy edge bit that they wanted.

I found some new cooking apples in my local market recently, not the usual Bramleys I often get and I found them to be much sweeter than normal cooking apples (can’t remember what they are called though – sorry). So much so that I didn’t add any sugar to the apple mix itself, as I like my apple to be a little tangy. However, if using Bramleys I would suggest tossing the apple in a tablespoon of caster sugar before you use it, to prevent it from being too sharp. Served with a little cream or custard these make wonderful quick and tasty desserts.

Individual Apple & Cinnamon Oat Crumbles
2 medium or 1 very large cooking apple
100g rolled oats
75g butter
150g plain flour
2 tsp cinnamon
100g soft brown sugar

Preheat the oven to 200C.
Peel, core and finely dice the apple. Depending on the sharpness of your apple, toss in a tablespoon of caster sugar or if sweet then leave plain. Divide the apple between 4 ramekins.
Add the rest of the ingredients into a mixing bowl and rub the butter into the flour-sugar-oat mixture until it resembles crumbs.
Scatter handfuls of the crumble mixture over the top of the apples, pressing down lightly.
Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until bubbling and the crumble has turned golden brown.
Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving with custard, cream or ice cream.
Makes 4
Update: I have since found out that the apples I used are called Howgate Wonder.


The Caked Crusader said...

Lovely presentation as usual!
Those cooking apples look nice - far prettier than Bramleys.

Beth (jamandcream) said...

Happy 2nd bday. You can't beat a good crumble. I really need to get hold of some individual ramekins

Nic said...

Happy Blog Birthday!
My favourite bit is the topping, so it's a great idea to make individual ones.I like the addition of the oats in this.

TNL said...

I'll be making this for sure...I have everything at home right now! thanks for the recipe!


Caroline said...

Happy 2nd birthday! They look fabulous and I know exactly what you mean about individual portions and feeling you've got your share of yummy crispy topping!

Gigi said...

Happy Blog-o-versary! The crumbles look sensational. Love all pics!

Johanna GGG said...

congratulations on 2 years of your blog - and still posting great dishes and ideas! those individual portions look so sweet

Elyse said...

These look delicious!!! Good thing you made them individual--makes it much easier for me to control myself around all this yumminess!

Abitofafoodie said...

Happy birthday to your blog! Nothing beats a good apple crumble - just delicious.

Alex said...

Happy Blog-day!
These cumbles look like the perfect bake to celebrate with...

Anonymous said...

Happy 2nd blogoversary! Looks like a delicious way to celebrate. ;)

Snooky doodle said...

Happy bloganniverasary :) This crumble looks divine. I love apples and with this oat crumble its even more delicious and nutritious :)

Sam said...

Apple crumble is such a great pudding, I love your individual ones.

The Food Librarian said...

Happy Second Anniversary!! This looks soooo yummy!

Anonymous said...

Whoops, I'm late! Happy second anniversary, Katie!

Anonymous said...

Fantastic website, I hadn't noticed before during my searches!
Carry on the excellent work! said...

could you please give me the individual apple and crumb recipe in cups ,pounds and spoon measurements? Your recipes look wonderful,and I would love to try them if they could be converted. Thank-you