Apple and Rhubarb crumble

19 Apr

Having lived in England for over 6 years now, I really have embraced the English puddings (desserts).  They are really hearty and hit the spot when it’s cold.  Which is fortunate as it’s cold all the time – especially this week!

I have never cooked rhubarb before, so this was a new experience for me.  I was planning to make homemade custard to serve with the crumble, but I got impatient and lazy and a quick dash to the local shop for prepared custard hit the spot.

I got the recipe from this website

2 large green apples (Bramley apples if you can), cut into cubes
450 gr (approx 4 stalks) rhubarb, cut into bite sized pieces
45 gr soft brown sugar (for the fruit mixture)
3 whole cloves
cinnamon stick or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
200 gr plain flour
75 gr butter, cut into small cubes
75 gr soft brown sugar (for the crumble)

Heat the oven to 180 C / 350 F.

Add to a saucepan, the apples, rhubarb, sugar, cloves, cinnamon and enough water to cover half of the fruit.  Bring to the boil and simmer until the fruit is soft, mixing every so often.  This will take 10 – 15 minutes.  Remove the cloves and cinnamon stick, if used.  If there is any excess water, remove from the cooked fruit mixture.

In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, sugar and with your fingers rub in the butter until it has all been mixed thoroughly and the flour mixture is slightly yellow.

In a baking pan, add the fruit and then sprinkle on the flour (crumble) mixture.  Bake in the pre-heated oven for 30 to 40 minutes until lightly brown and cooked through.

Serve with homemade (or bought!) custard, or cream, or vanilla ice-cream.  Enjoy!

6 Responses to “Apple and Rhubarb crumble”

  1. Trudi Murray April 20, 2012 at 06:25 #

    For variety to the topping, you can add rolled oats and/or coconut for a more dense texture. this has always been a favourite of mine, as I grow both the rhubarb and apples.

  2. Patch April 20, 2012 at 11:11 #

    Love, love, love rhubarb 😉

  3. Matthew W April 23, 2012 at 23:39 #

    My parents have always had a large rhubarb section in thier garden and “rhubarb squares” are a spring time expectation !!
    Probally a very under used plant.

    • LearnToBake April 24, 2012 at 15:48 #

      That sounds fantastic. I agree – this is only the first time I have cooked with rhubarb and it was very easy and satisfying!

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