Thursday, 26 February 2015


healthy recipesI love apple crumble. When somebody tells me that English cuisine is bit blend, I am always arguing, because there are overlooked and modest treasures - like crumbles. They give all what you need on a rainy day: they are sweet, warm and healthy. Well, this last one is just half true: fruits are okay, but the the crumble...
So I made a twist on this classic recipe and the result is not just a healthier version, but a delicious and crunchy topping - it's guaranteed. :-)

Healthy twist on the classic apple crumble

There is nothing more warming on a rainy, windy day than a nice bowl of apple crumble. I have never met anybody who would not like it. But we have to admit that apple crumble is a two-faced dessert: it can provide 1 of your 5-a-day, but the crumble is only sugar/carbohydrate and saturated fat and these are not so good for us. But it would be shame to avoid this brilliant dessert.

So I have decided to give a facelift to the crumble, and I have to say this version is a family favourite today. Even my mother-in-law - who is visiting us for a couple of weeks every year - always asks me to make apple crumble for her. It is an easy way to make her happy :-)

In this recipe I use walnut and cinnamon, but sometimes I add ground almond instead and omit the cinnamon.



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about 6-8 apple (or pear or other fruits)

3 bricks of Weetabix
big handful of walnuts
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp plain flour
2 tbsp butter
3 tbsp sugar

1. Core and chop the apples (or prepare the fruits).

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2. Lightly butter the bottom of a medium size tin (mine is a 15*20 cm squared tin) and place the fruit into it.
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3. The quickest way to make this if you use a food processor or mini chopper: put all the ingredients into your food processor and whizz until you get the familiar crumble texture.
If you use your hands, crumble the Weetabix into a bowl first, then add the grounded or finely chopped walnut and the rest of the ingredients. Quickly work them together and sprinkle on the top of your fruits.

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4. Bake it in the oven on 180 degrees for 30 minutes or until the fruit is soft and the crumble is a little bit brown and crunchy.

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Make it yours - and even healthier

The variation of fruits is really endless. My favourite version is scattered by frozen blackberry onto the apple, yum. My kids love it when I add a chopped banana to the apple crumble, as the banana melt into the crumble and make the fruit layer a bit creamy.
If you want to make a really warming version you can add very finally chopped ginger to the apple: this and the cinnamon is a real hit if you are suffering from cold or flu.

As every crumble - this one, too is lovely with the classic custard, but we love it topped with natural live yoghurt. I know, you think I am obsessed with yoghurt. And you know what? You are right, I am, and I grab every opportunity so show a way when it can be smuggled into the family diet. :-)

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