Recipe: Apple and Kiwi Crumble

I am going to stop talking about NaNoWriMo. I stopped writing a couple of days ago, and I really can’t find it in myself to start again. Don’t judge me; it was probably the right decision to make. Anyway, here’s the dessert I made tonight. It is yumtastic!

Apple and Kiwi Crumble

For the filling:
1 large Bramley apple
2 Kiwi fruit
Pinch of nutmeg, pinch of cinnamon
Generous dribble of Calvados, or similar apple brandy
2oz white granulated sugar

For the crumble:
75g cold butter
50g demerara sugar
100g plain flour
50g rolled oats
20g sweetened coconut

First, preheat your oven to 180C (350F or gas mark 5).

Now, peel, core and slice your apple thinly, and lay half the slices in the bottom of a pie-dish or casserole. Sprinkle on about a third of the sugar. Then peel and thinly slice your kiwi fruit, layering the slices on top of the sugared apple. Sprinkle another third of the sugar on top of the kiwi. Then place the remainder of your apple slices on the top, sprinkle with the last of the white sugar. Douse the fruit with your liberal splash of brandy, dust with the cinnamon and nutmeg and set aside.

Now for the crumble topping. Take the butter out of the fridge and immediately cut it into small cubes. Place it in a large bowl with the sugar, flour, oats and coconut and rub them together with your fingers until they look like breadcrumbs. The butter will heat up as you rub it, so break up any large lumps of mixture you find. If it seems particularly wet, you can add a little extra flour, or pop it in the fridge for 10 minutes before putting it in the oven.

The last thing to do is put a thick layer of the crumble mix on top of the fruit, making sure to go right up to the edges and also that all the fruit is completely covered. Pop it in the oven for 40-45 minutes. You’ll know it’s ready when the topping starts to brown and the fruit starts bubbling around the sides of the dish.

Feeds 4-6, serve with thick or whipped cream, vanilla ice-cream or custard, or just on it’s own. Perfect winter warmer, and dead simple!

And here’s what it looked like seconds before it went in mah belleh: