You probably have some flour and some sugar in the cupboard right? Some butter left in the fridge? Then you just need to get some apples and dessert is saved! Apple crumble is an amazing recipe because it is always tasty (except if you make it too dry) and it is very easy, requiring little ingredients. And if you are running out of apples you can replace it by pears for example. For the short story, this British dessert dates back to the Second World War when the food rations implied that there were not enough ingredients to bake pies: flour and sugar were rationed and eggs were not easy to find.
My secret to a good crumble? The trio lemon juice/cinnamon/dried grapes that give that little extra something to the crumble and make sure the crumble is not too thick nor too dry.
The How-To Apple Crumble
The apple crumble. Easy, cheap and humble!
Pre-heat the oven at 200°C / 390°F.
Peel all the apples.
Cut the apples vertically in half and core it. Then cut the apple into big cubes.
Place the apples in either individual casseroles or in a larger one for everyone (it also works with a traditional pie dish). Squeeze a little bit of lemon juice and add the dried grapes.
In a bowl prepare the crumble. Put the flour, sugar, butter together, and knead the ingredients into a dough. Add one tea spoon of cinnamon and quickly mix.
With your fingers, crumble the dough into small pieces on top of the apples, but make sure to crumble it into small pieces so the top layer stays thin.
Close the casserole and put it in the oven for 25 minutes at 200°C/390F°.
Take it out of the oven, let it cool down and bon appétit!
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