Pudding comforts: Apple crumble

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If you are going to procrastinate, may as well do something beneficial to your flat, such as making puddings! Chocolate can't go wrong, but sometimes you want something lighter, less guilty. This is my family apple crumble recipe, it's always a big hit with my friends. This recipe makes enough for five, it could also be modified to go in the microwave as a mug pudding for one.

4 cooking apples (e.g. Bramley apples)
2 tbsp water
Sugar and cinnamon to taste
8oz/200g flour
4oz/100g butter or margarine
2oz/50g sugar
1oz/25g ground almonds or oats (optional)
1 tbsp flaked almonds (optional)

1. Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 4/180°C/160°C fan assisted.
2. Peel, core and slice the apples.
3. Cook the apples with water until softened, either in the microwave or in a saucepan, in both cases stirring occasionally (this will take around 5 minutes). Add the sugar and cinnamon to taste.
4. Rub flour, butter/margarine and sugar together in a bowl until they look like breadcrumbs. If using, mix in the ground almonds or oats (this will make the topping crunchier).
5. Transfer the cooked apples into an ovenproof dish. Spread the topping mixture evenly on top and sprinkle on flaked almonds if preferred.
6. Cook in the oven for approximately 30 minutes, until the top is golden brown.
7. Serve warm with custard, cream or ice cream.

If you don’t have an oven, you can make an individual portion of apple crumble in a mug in the microwave. Using a quarter of the ingredients, follow the same basic method, cooking the apple for three minutes in the microwave, and a further two and a half minutes after the topping mixture has been added.


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