My ultimate dessert for a cold winter’s night.
12 cooking apples
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
a pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons of water
1 tablespoon Calvados
FOR THE TOPPING
200g plain flour
100g cold butter, cut into cubes
60g brown sugar
2 tablespoons Demerara sugar
1- Preheat the oven to 180C.
2- Peel, core and cut the apples into thick slices.
3- Place the apples in a pan with the cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, brown sugar, lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons of water, mix well.
4- Place the pan over a medium heat and bring the liquid to a simmer, stir in gently the Calvados. Cover with a lid and poach the fruit for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
5- In the meantime make the topping. Place the flour, semolina, and sugar in a large bowl then take a few cubes of butter at a time and rub into the flour mixture, Keep rubbing until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Mix in the brown sugar.
6- Butter the dish and pour the apple mixture into the baking dish.
7- Spoon the crumble over the apples. Sprinkle Demerara sugar evenly over the top.
8- Bake for 40 minutes until the crumble is golden brown and the fruit mixture is bubbling.
9- Serve it warm with ice-cream or custard.
1- Semolina makes the topping super crunchy.