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Apple Crumble with Apples from our apple tree

Today was the day that we decided to pick the last few remaining apples from our little apple tree in the garden.

Today was also the day that Miss T decided to start potty training! Here she is sporting her Baba + Boo cloth nappy which we are going to be using as an alternative to pull-ups in the early stages of potty training.

What better to make on a miserable Autumn day that a warming apple crumble! We tried to make it as healthy as possible by using wholewheat flour, oats and less sugar and butter.

And it proved rather tricky to get all the apple into the crumble as Miss T had lots of pieces of fresh apple to taste along the way - Declaring them to be 'mmm....dishes' (her word for 'Delicious')

I've not been very accurate with my quantities so a bit of a guesstimating going on here...

You'll need:
6-8 ish apples
A sprinkle of sugar to go onto the apples
A splash of water

For the topping (this is a little more accurate with measurements I'm sure you'll be pleased to hear)
220g wholewheat flour
90g butter (cut into pieces)
1 tsp cinnamon
95g dark drown soft sugar (but I suppose you can use any sugar)
40g oats


1. I know a lot of people don't pre-cook the apple and I suppose you don't really need to but as a force of habit I chopped the apples and put them on the hob with a splash of water and a sprinkle of sugar just to steam them a little.

2. Preheat the oven to 180C.

3. I used my Kenwood food processor (which has made such light work of things like this) to mix the flour and butter to make a mixture resembling breadcrumbs. I saved my Tesco loyalty points to get this food processor for free and it has been such a big help in the kitchen. Mega sharp though - I've already cut my finger on the blade - So I'm extra cautious when Miss T is helping.

4. Then we added the cinnamon and sugar and gave it another blitz to mix these into the breadcrumbs. Then finally added the oats and literally gave the machine a single pulse as I didn't want the oats chopped up but just to be mixed in.

5. Transfer the apples to an ovenproof dish and sprinkle with the crumble topping! Miss T enjoyed helping to sprinkle the topping on.

6. Bake in the oven for 35 to 45 minutes until the topping is cooked.

Tastes great served with cream, ice cream or custard. It also felt really satisfying to know that we were able to make such a tasty dish from apples grown in our own back garden and with a few storecupboard ingredients making it a very budget friendly dish too.

And so far, so good with the potty training too.

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  1. I love apple crumble, I made one the other day, but sadly I don't have an apple tree. I'm glad Miss T's potty training is going well x

    1. We used to have an old apple tree that was here from before the house was built in the 60s but the apples we so rotten from it that we chopped it down and got a new teeny tiny apple tree. These ones are remarkably good and taste great fresh or cooked. x

  2. wow, I haven't made apple crumble since I was a kid!
    I may have to pop back to use the recipe over winter :)

    1. Apple crumble is great. It is the one recipe I did learn to make as a child. x

  3. Big man has grown some beans and they taste awful - wish we had an apple tree he could use to cook this instead x

    1. oh dear. At least his beans grew - NONE of my beans grew this year!!! x


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