The (Not-So-) Humble Apple Crumble

I’m very fond of puddings and desserts, although we don’t have them terribly often…. it is not a German/Bavarian tradition at all, as the tendency here is to fill up on sweet stuff in the afternoon: Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cakes)! However, I do make the traditional English desserts now and then. Here is, as promised, one of them: my crumble recipe. (I am slowly working through all the apples I was given!) It’s quick and easy and very delicious. Use whatever fruits are in season.


Ingredients (for 4 servings):

500g apples (you can mix in berries, pears or plums, etc)
20g caster sugar (more or less depending on how sweet the fruit is)
1 tbsp Cointreau/Elderberry liqueur etc (optional)

½ tsp mixed spice
½ tsp cardamom
1 tsp cinnamon
60g plain flour
60g porridge oats
60g brown sugar
60g butter/margarine
60g chopped nuts (e.g. walnuts, hazelnuts and pine nuts)


Stir together the flour, oats and brown sugar and rub in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Sprinkle in the spices and stir in the nuts.

Prepare the fruit, slicing apples thinly, and place in a deep baking dish. Sprinkle with caster sugar and liqueur.

Now sprinkle the crumble mix over the fruit. Do not press it down too firmly.

Bake at 200°C for 45 minutes. Serve hot with cream or crème fraiche.