This is a little something I whipped up over the weekend and an absolute classic as I am sure you will agree! There is something very comforting and homely about preparing and eating this particular dessert and I love the heavenly combination of spiced apple, crunchy oat crumble and creamy vanilla custard.
APPLE AND RAISIN OATY CRUMBLE WITH VANILLA CUSTARD
For the apple filling:
- 1kg apples
- 100g butter
- ¼ cup raisins
- ¼ cup caramel sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
For the crumble:
- 90g flour
- 60g caramel sugar
- 30g oats
- 75g butter, at room temperature
For the vanilla custard:
- 2 egg yolks
- 40g castor sugar
- 2 tbsp flour
- 300ml milk
- ½ tsp vanilla paste
1.) Peel and core the apples, and cut into chunks. Melt the butter in a medium sized pot, then add the apple chunks. Toss to coat in the butter, then cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2.) Add the raisins, caramel sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg and stir well. Cook for a further 10-12 minutes, stirring regularly, until the apple chunks are soft but still have some bite. Remove from the heat and set aside.
3.) Preheat your oven to 190°C and start preparing the crumble topping. Place the flour, caramel sugar, oats and butter together in a bowl. Use your fingertips to rub the ingredients together. The mixture will be dry at first, but continue to rub until the butter coats the dry ingredients and the mixture starts to clump together.
4.) Divide the cooked apple between 6 small ramekins. Do the same with the crumble mixture, sprinkling on top of the apple. Place the ramekins on a tray and bake for 25-30 minutes until the crumble starts to colour.
5.) While the crumbles bake you can prepare your custard. Whisk the egg yolks and castor sugar together until creamy. Whisk in the flour. Place the milk in a saucepan over a medium heat and heat just until boiling point. Remove from the heat and carefully add half of the milk to the egg mixture while whisking continuously. Then add the egg-milk mixture back into the saucepan with the remaining milk and heat slowly while whisking. Continue to cook until the custard has thickened. Stir in the vanilla paste then transfer to a warm jug.
6.) Allow the cooked apple crumbles to stand for a few minutes before serving with fresh vanilla custard.