Saturday, October 08, 2016

Weekend Cooking: Apple and custard crumble

I mentioned last week that we had a lunch gathering to celebrate my son's 18th birthday and when I asked him what he wanted for dessert he very quickly answered apple crumble. Now, I have made apple crumble several times before but I hadn't saved the recipes that I had used to I went looking for a new recipe.

When I saw this recipe I thought "Of course!!" Why isn't this more common. I mean, most of the time when you have apple crumble you have custard too so why wouldn't you combine the two.

I found this recipe on which used to be one of my go to websites for recipes, but I did take note of the comments and made a few changes to the recipes below. Firstly, I made double the quantity of custard. I also used brown sugar in the crumble topping instead of the caster sugar and I threw in a smattering (technical measurement) of oats as well to add to the texture.

And the result.....delicious! And my sister's mother-in-law asked for the recipe too which always makes me smile a bit because she is an awesome cook!!

Apple and custard crumble

1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 tablespoons vanilla custard powder
1/2 cup caster sugar
800g can pie apple
1 cup plain flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
100g butter, softened
Double thick cream, to serve

Preheat oven to 180°C. Combine milk and vanilla in a saucepan. Bring to the boil over medium heat.

Meanwhile, whisk 1 1/2 tablespoons custard powder, 2 tablespoons caster sugar and 2 tablespoons cold water in a heatproof bowl until smooth. Whisking constantly, pour in hot milk mixture in a thin stream. Return mixture to saucepan.

Cook, whisking constantly, over medium heat until custard comes to the boil. Reduce heat to low. Stir for 3 minutes or until reduced slightly (this cooks out the raw custard powder flavour).

Spoon apple into six 1-cup capacity dishes or one 6-cup capacity baking dish. Pour over warm custard.

Combine flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, remaining custard powder and sugar in a bowl. Stir to combine. Add butter.Using your fingertips, rub into dry ingredients until mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Scatter crumble over custard. Place on a baking tray bake for 30 minutes or until golden. Serve warm with cream.

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  1. Crumble is a favorite in England, Australia, New Zealand, and the US to my certain knowledge. Probably Canada too. Great choice!

    best... mae at

  2. Although it is spring for you, this says welcome fall to me! When someone asks for the recipe, you know it's a hit.

  3. Sounds delicious. I love to try new apple recipes during the Fall. And I just happen to have some custard powder I need to use.

  4. Here it's guava season, and they often make a good substitute for apples in various desserts. This sounds good, and has joined my list of "to try" recipes.

  5. Custard and apple - genius. Have a great week. Cheers from Carole's Chatter