I used to live next door to a wonderful couple who owned an apple farm in the beautiful Elgin valley, close to Cape Town in South Africa. They would frequently drop off a box of fresh, crisp apples for us to enjoy. Apart from making my own apple sauce, I also used to enjoy making something sweet and tasty with them, frequently in the form of Apple Crumble, done my way. This dish is my own nutty version of traditional Apple Crumble. It is sweet but not too sweet with just the perfect amount of crunch and yummy cinnamon flavour. Reasonably healthy and simple to make, you can easily whip this up for afternoon tea. I no longer get to enjoy those apples, but still continue to whip this easy pudding up on a Sunday afternoon for my family. Over the years I have varied the filling, adding a combination of berries at times and even peaches when they are in season. Feel free to experiment with your own favourite fruits, if you so wish.
6 Large Green Granny Smith Apples
5 Small Red Apples roughly
cup of water
1 Tbs flour
3 Tbs Honey or Maple Syrup
1 vanilla pod or 5ml vanilla essence
50g Ground Almonds
200g White Cake, Nutty wheat or Spelt Flour
4 Tbs Brown Sugar/Zylitol/Coconut Sugar mixed with 1 Tbs cinnamon
50g Pecan nuts (chopped) or/and Slivers of Almonds
Organic Double Cream or Vanilla Ice-cream
- Grease a pie dish and preheat your oven to 180°C.
- Core, peel and slice the apples into wedges.
- Sauté the apples in 25g of the butter for a minute or two, then add the honey and 1 Tbs of flour and mix it in.
- Now add half the water and vanilla pod/essence and continue to cook until soft, around 15 minutes, stirring frequently and adding the rest of the water as required.
- Add the apple mixture (minus the vanilla pod) to your pie dish.
- Take two plastic carrier bags and place one inside the other. Add the rest of the flour, oats, ground almonds and half of the sugar topping.
- Slightly warm the butter so that it is soft but not melted and add that to the mixture in the bag. Use your fingers and rub the mixture all together until you have thick crumbly bits.
- Sprinkle this mixture over the apples in your pie dish.
- Now sprinkle the rest of your cinnamon sugar topping mixture over the whole dish.
- Add the chopped Pecans or/and Almonds over the top.
- Place your dish in the oven for 25 minutes, or until the crumble mixture is golden and hard.
- Slice while still warm and serve with organic cream or vanilla ice-cream.