It is winter my darlings and although rain and wind are the only manifestations of this season in England I can always close my eyes and imagine that outside everything is covered in snow (thanks to the images posted by my friends on Facebook it is quite easy to remember how it feels) and that this is the perfect excuse for some comfort food.
When I came to England my baking skills were zero and stayed like that for quite a while ... the excuse is ... if I bake, we are going to eat all of those yummy cakes, if we eat ... we put on weight so ... no baking = keeping the kilos under control.
Jill E my dear friend and fellow artist is the one who broke my habit and .... here I was today ... cooking happily a tray of apple crumble, an absolute classic British pudding dish, something I absolutely adore. Jill's recipe is very simple and absolutely delicious so I thought it would be a good idea to share it with you. The quantities and ingredients other than digestive biscuits, butter and apples are quite up to you. One can be very creative really and this is another reason why I love it.
Apple crumble + digestive biscuits
550 g Bramley apples
1Tbsp lemon juice
150-200g digestive biscuits
25-35 g butter
sugar (it's up to you really ... I just add and taste and stop when it feels right)
2 tsp raisins
2 tsp chopped nuts
Peel, core and slice the apples and place in a saucepan together with the sugar, raisins and 2 Tbsp of water.
Cover and cook until the apples are very soft.
Transfer apples in an oven proof dish.
Melt the butter, stir in the digestive biscuits (remember to break them in small pieces and them crush them in tiny crumbles - use a blender). At the end stir in the nuts.
Add the composition on top of the cooked apples, bake for 20 minutes in the oven (180degrees) and that's it. Serve it with a bit of single cream or yogurt.
Enjoy it with coffee or tea! Yummy!