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Chicken Salad with Grapes and Toasted Almonds (and Parsley)

June 1, 2014 – 10:15 pm | 222 views

 
During my consulting days, I lived in this town for about 6 months called Medford, Oregon (US) and lived off this beautiful Chicken Salad made at a local salad shop. Making and eating this brought …

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Apple Crumble or Apple Crisp

May 3, 2014 – 12:01 pm | 669 views
Apple Crumble with Vanilla Ice Cream

Apple Crumble with Vanilla Ice Cream

 

It seems my family has an affinity for cinnamon-flavored desserts. I really see this as a variation of the cinnamon bun, just made differently! Any way, if you have apples, oatmeal, brown sugar and cinnamon at home, that’s really the basis of this recipe. The ice cream, of course, is bonus!

This is a really easy recipe to follow and it’s delicious and pretty healthy! You can make this in any serving form. I’ve used a deep dish pan to make party portions and also used baby ramekins for children’s portions (enclosed in this post). I find the portioning is exactly perfect for them (and even adults, because there is a point of diminishing returns and then don’t enjoy the rest of it because you didn’t want to waste it and had to stuff it down your face).

The recipe is below, followed by my walk through. Enjoy!

Apple Crumble
Recipe type: Dessert
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 5 ramekins
 
Ingredients
  • 1 fresh apple, cored and cubed
  • 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp of ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup of dried quick-cook oatmeal
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • ½ cup of unsalted butter
  • ½ cup of flour (optional) - if you like the crumble drier
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to about 200 degrees Celcius
  2. Peel, core and cut the apple into bite-sized cubes
  3. "Marinate" the apple with ½ tsp of ground cinnamon, ½ tsp of ground nutmeg and ⅓ cup of brown sugar, taste to see if it suits your taste buds
  4. Fill each bottom ramekin with the marinated apple
  5. Using the same mixing bowl, add in the rest of cinnamon, nutmeg, oatmeal, brown sugar, flour and softened butter
  6. Place on top of the marinated apples
  7. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until tops crispy
  8. Remove and serve immediately with vanilla ice cream

 

1 apple will take you very far in this recipe! It’s actually enough for 1 large ramekin (about 40 cm in diameter) and 4 baby ramekins (about 20 cm in diameter). You can use the same mixing bowl for both the apple bottom and your crumble top to save washing effort. Call me efficient.

Peeled, cored and cubed apple

Peeled, cored and cubed apple

Using cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar, marinate your apples to taste. I’ve just given the measurement guide above, but in actuality when I am making this, I go by eye and taste. Some people like it sweet, some people like it with more cinnamon. You know how they say baking is a Science? Not this type of baking…! See how awesome the marinated apple looks? It’s sooooo yummy and I haven’t even finished.

Cinnamon and nutmeg marinated apple

Cinnamon and nutmeg marinated apple

See, one apple is enough to fill my ramekins! I love the baby ones, the portioning is just perfect – and of course, the bigger ramekin can be shared. It’s a pretty hefty serving for one, especially after you load on the topping and ice cream. My children had one each and polished them off comfortably.

Apple filled ramekins

Apple filled ramekins

I love the oatmeal topping that accompanies this Apple Crumble. If you go easy on the sugar, it can be a really healthy dessert, which the kids lap up and don’t even think of it as oats! If you’d like a drier consistency, add the flour into the mixture, although the baking process will dry some of it out. I prefer it without the flour, but most Apple crumble recipes do have it.

Oatmeal topping for apple crisp

Oatmeal topping for apple crisp

The final product after 30 minutes in a 200 degree Celsius oven. Don’t they look so fabulous that you just want to eat them? I would recommend serving immediately!

Baked Apple Crumble - YUM!

Baked Apple Crumble – YUM!

Ah yes, the last part (which is probably the most important), serve immediately with vanilla ice cream! My family is very particular about this too, so we use Dryer’s Vanilla Ice Cream. It’s soft and smooth (unlike Haagen Daaz’s still delicious ice cream, but stiffer). The kids liked the ice cream served on top of the Apple Crumble, so no holds barred!

Apple Crumble with Vanilla Ice Cream

Apple Crumble with Vanilla Ice Cream

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