At the moment Innocent Smoothie hats seem to be taking over my life and I'm just putting the finishing touches to my latest festive hat for the campaign. I feel that Mr C is starting to tire of me thrusting some half finished hat in his face saying "can you tell what it is yet?" in a Rolf Harris style manner and making him guess what I'm trying to replicate next!
So for a bit of a treat and as a welcome break to knitting and crocheting teeny tiny hats for bottles I made a rhubarb and apple crumble at the weekend as a peace offering. It was delicious and sadly I didn't manage to get my camera out in time to snap a pic before it was greedily gobbled up by the hungry hordes!
Recipe for Rhubarb and Apple Crumble
450g rhubarb washed and chopped into short pieces
100g apples (I used our "eaters" straight off our apple tree - if you use cooking apples add some more sugar), peeled, cored and chopped into chunky pieces
100g caster sugar
150g plain flour
50g rolled porridge oats
100g demerara sugar
180g unsalted butter (room temperature), cubed as far as it will allow
1. Chop the rhubarb and apple into chunky pieces.
2. Pop the rhubarb and apple into an oven proof dish and sprinkle over the caster sugar and water.
3. In a mixing bowl place the flour and butter and using your finger and thumb tips rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
4. Add the porridge oats to the flour and butter crumby mixture and stir gently. Finally add the demerara sugar and stir in gently so that it is evenly mixed.
5. Sprinkle the oaty mixture over the crumble so you have a nice thick crust. I must admit that I don't always have enough room for all the topping so don't feel you have to use it all.
6. Pop the crumble on a tray (to catch any sugary spills - saves cleaning the oven later) and pop in a preheated oven at 180c/gas mark 4 for 35- 40 mins or the top oven of an aga (on the 4th shelf down) for about 25-30 mins, until the topping is a nice golden brown and the filling is starting to bubble through the topping. If you are using an aga you might need to shield the top of the crumble using the cold shelf or a bit of tinfoil for the last 5-10mins. It depends on how fierce your aga is - I think mine is a bit on the angry side!
7. Serve with custard, cream or ice cream!