We like one orchard that is not too far out from where we live and make an annual trip there for the fresh crunchy fruit. We love the place - its an old apple orchard, has these amazing apple trees that are old and gnarled and bred primarily to survive the snowy winters of the northern hemisphere. A seating area with a small coffee shop that sells home baked apple goodies with apples from the orchard makes the trip all the more fun. Apple pies, apple and blueberry pies, apple and cherry pies, apple turnovers, toffee apples, and apple cider doughnuts are just some of the wonderful treats to be found.
My favourite dessert is an apple crumble!! The moment temperatures begin to fall and the leaves begin to turn, I can think of nothing more perfect than a warm apple crumble straight from the oven with a dollop of fresh cream or even ice cream!! Apples were created for just such a dessert. Over the years I have baked many crumbles with both filling variation and crumble variations. For this lovely dessert that can be baked for a special occasion or will make any evening special, I always recommend going with the ingredients you feel partial to at that moment:) Here is one of my simplest albeit amazingly delicious recipe that I developed recipe to enjoy this dessert without excess fat and sugar.
5 apples, peeled, cored
2 tbsp cornflour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup golden raisins
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup pecans, chopped coarsely
3 tbsp butter, cold and chopped
- Halve the apples then slice them about an eighth inch thick.
- Place slices in a large mixing bowl and squeeze the lime liberally over them.
- Next add 1/3 cup of the sugar, cornflour, cinnamon and the golden raisin to the apples.
- Mix, cover and set aside for 30 minutes.
- To prepare the crumble, mix the rolled oats and flour.
- Add the chopped pecans and the remaining brown sugar.
- Next add the butter and using both hands rub the butter into the mix until it is well blended.
- Grease a baking pan with some butter.
- Pour the apple mix into the baking pan. Distribute evenly.
- Press the crumble blend onto the apple mix
- Bake at 300F for 45 minutes or until it begins to brown and the apple juices bubble thickly from the sides of the pan.
- Reduce heat to 200F and allow to sit in oven for another 15 or so minutes.
- Remove from oven and enjoy warm.
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