Time: 25 minutes + 40 minutes baking
Nothing beats a bowl of apple crumble with a bit of custard or ice-cream and best of all it’s really simple to make. I’m sure there are loads of recipes for making it, but I still use one passed down from my Granny with a few of my own tweaks.
115g Self-raising flour
100g Granulated sugar
3 medium cooking (Bramley) apples
Preheat the oven to 170 fan (190C, gas mark 5)
Mix together the butter, flour and sugar until you have a fine breadcrumb
Get your toddler to measure the dry ingredients (115g flour, 115g sugar) into a small bowl using a spoon. I always face the numbers of the scale towards me so I can keep an eye on how much Hannah’s putting in – and I’ve learned through experience that it also stops her pressing the reset button! They can then pour each ingredient into a larger mixing bowl or food processor if you’re using one. Chop the butter (115g) into pieces before adding it to the bowl – you’re toddler may be able to help with this if it’s soft enough.
You can either make the crumble mix by hand. To do this, rub pieces together with your fingers until they start to resemble a moist breadcrumb. Shake the bowl to make larger pieces come to the surface then rub them in. It works best with cold butter and cold hands. Heat can make it go a bit clumpy, but don’t worry, it’ll still taste nice. This can be a fun way to get your hands dirty but if you’re short for time doing it in a food processor is much faster. Use the pulse setting to mix everything until it’s ready – it doesn’t take long.
Prepare the apples and place them in a baking dish
Peel, core and chop the apples. Hannah is still too little to use a sharp knife or peeler so I peel and core them and get her to slice them using the food processor. She’s itching to help me chop things in the kitchen so soon I’ll get her to help. Luckily, as apples soften as you cook them, it doesn’t matter too much if they’re not cut perfectly evenly.
If you want, once you’ve placed the apples in the baking dish, you can add your own twist to it. I usually get Hannah to sprinkle over some raisins, but you could add mixed spice, cinnamon, blueberries etc.
Pour over the crumble mix
Get your toddler to press down the apples before adding the crumble on top.
Bake for 35-40 minutes
It’s ready when the top looks golden and the apples have softened (check with a skewer or sharp knife if you’re not sure).