Our homepage today features Apple Day, an annual UK event designed to celebrate all things related to this wonderful fruit and support local apple growers. The homepage features a fantastic picture of an apple orchard in Kent and lots of fruity information in the hotspots. It’s also National Baking week, so to celebrate both of these events we’ve asked Sarah Trivuncic from Maison Cupcake to share one of her favourite baked apple recipes.
Sarah has been writing Maison Cupcake, one the UK’s most popular baking blogs, since 2009. Inspired by American baking sites and French patisseries, she is completely self-taught. Her first book will be published in 2012, and we can’t wait to read it!
Sarah says: “I was delighted when Bing asked me to share an apple recipe for Apple Day, as it’s this time of year that my father will usually appear with two large bags of apples and I’ll start planning a comforting pudding or two to cheer us up, now that the weather is getting colder!”
Sarah’s recipe for Mini Apple and Blackberry Cinnamon Crumbles
Fills 4-6 ramekins, depending on size
For the crumble topping:
50g wholemeal flour
40g plain flour
50g unsalted butter cut into cubes
30g soft brown sugar plus extra for sprinkling on top
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
For the fruit filling:
2 average size cooking apples, peeled, cored and chopped into medium size chunks
4 tbsp soft brown sugar
You will also need 4-6 ramekins although you can serve one big crumble if you wish.
1. Preheat the oven to 180c or gas mark 4.
2. Rub the flours, wheatgerm and unsalted butter together until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs – you can pulse it in the food processor to do this if you prefer. Stir in the sugar and cinnamon. Set aside while you make the fruit filling.
3. Melt the butter in a medium sized saucepan and when it is fully melted add the apple chunks. Leave the lid on to keep condensation in, turn the heat to moderately low and allow the apple to cook down for 5 minutes, then add the sugar and blackberries and leave for a further 5 minutes. By now the fruit should be soft and cooked but do not leave so long it turns to mush.
4. Spoon the fruit mixture into the ramekins so they are two thirds full. Cover each ramekin with the crumble mix and sprinkle the tops with soft brown sugar.
5. Bake in the middle of the oven for 15-20 minutes and serve with cream, custard or ice cream as desired.
You can find the full blog post for this recipe and lots more tasty baking ideas over on Maison Cupcake. You can also search for loads of exciting apple recipes on Bing! Don’t forget to let us know if you have a go at baking this or any other tasty apple dishes, and share your pictures of the results!