Crumble is a type of dish where fruits or meats are baked and served with a crumbly topping of butter and flour mixture, it is of British origin and it is originally known as brown betty. It was created by Sébastien Girard who is a French baker that immigrated to Britain during the World War II. This dish was intended to be initially created as a pie but due to the lack of ingredients and strict rationing no pie base were made and Sébastien used bread crumbs and just made the pastry as a loose topping. It is then brought over to the United States and evolved into different dishes like the buckle, cobbler, crisp, crumble, and grunt. While the most popular versions are made out of fruits and served as desserts there are variations where meats and vegetables are used and served as a savoury main dish.
Popular fruits used in the sweet variant are apples, peaches, rhubarb and plums but today we will be making a combination of fruits which are apples and different berries, we will be topping it with the classic flour and butter mixture but to add more crunch to it oats and malt crackers will also be used.
6 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced
3 cups frozen mixed berries
75g butter, chilled and cubed
3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup malt crackers, roughly crumbed
1/4 cup white sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp maple syrup
vanilla ice cream, to serve
1. In a saucepan combine 1/4 cup white and apples. Place over medium heat and cook for 5 minutes. Set aside.
2. Place flour, baking powder and butter in a food processor, process until it the texture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
3. Transfer the butter and flour mixture in a large bowl. Mix in oats, malt crackers, brown sugar, cinnamon and maple syrup.
4. Place apples in 9 x 13 inch baking dish, then the mixed berries and the crumble mixture.
5. Place in a 180C preheated oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or until top turns golden brown. Remove from oven serve while hot with vanilla ice cream on the side.