Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Scrumptious Crumble or The Solution to An Apple Too Many Problem

I had some apples sitting in the fruit platter for over a week. They were getting more and more depressed with every passing day. Finally last night I took pity and put them out of their misery by turning them into an apple crumble. I settled for a crumble as it is less involved than a pie and also a little healthier. The crumble was a mixture of roughly equal parts butter, brown sugar, flour, oatmeal and almond meal. I used glogg infused red wine that was left over from New Years Eve to moisten the apples and soak the raisins. I could have added some more as the liquor flavor (which I really like in my desserts) was not too pronounced. Here’s a recipe for glogg if anyone is interested. I did not go through that much trouble though. I just brought a bottle of pre-made non-alcoholic glogg from Ikea (the repository for all things Scandinavian in this part of the world) and warmed it with a bottle of red wine. The glogg is totally optional, so feel free to skip it altogether or replace with any other liquor of your choice. The crumble browned evenly and had the right amount of crunch, though the Boy thought it was a little too healthy a dessert.

Ingredients:
Golden Delicious or Granny Smith Apples – 3, peeled, cored and cubed
Brown Sugar – ½cup
Butter – ½cup
Oatmeal – ½ cup
Almonds – ½ cup
Flour – 1/3 cup
Glogg infused red wine/mulled wine – 1/3 cup
Raisins -1/4 cup

Method:
  1. Process the almonds in a blender. The almonds should be slightly coarse and not powdered. Process the oatmeal similarly, reserving a tablespoon for later. Soak raisins in warmed wine till plump. Preheat oven to 250 F.
  2. Cream the sugar and butter. Add processed almonds, oatmeal and flour to creamed mixture. Mix them together till they get crumbly. This is much better done with fingers than spoons or ladles. Finally mix in the table spoon of oatmeal reserved from above.
  3. Butter a smallish baking dish and throw in the apples. Add raisins and moisten the apples and raisins with remaining wine. Spoon the crumble mixture evenly over the apples and raisins. Place in middle rack of oven and bake till crumble is browned and the apples are cooked. This usually takes about 15-20 minutes. Serve warm with whipped cream or ice cream.

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