It is with great delight that I introduce guest blogger Verena.
Hello friends, my name is Verena and this is my very first time blogging. I am a mom of two boys aged 12 and 5 and I love to cook and bake. I am a hobby cake decorator and you can find me on facebook @VereNiceCakes. I am very honored that Kami has asked me to guest blog. Today I will be sharing my Apple-Blueberry Crumble.
The first time I ever had a crumble was when I was a teenager and living in Guyana, South America. My parents had just returned from their holiday to London. My mom who loves cooking wanted to recreate all the yummy dishes she had whilst on her holiday. Apple crumble was on the list but unfortunately, we didn’t have apples in Guyana so my mom used pineapples instead and it was divine! That will be another recipe on by itself. Ever since then I have always love crumbles.
Fast forward 10 yrs later, I moved to London and I started my own cooking experiences. I have made so many crumbles but my all time favorite and a real crowd pleaser, my apple-blueberry crumble. The topping has to be well flavored and I use my two favorite spices……cinnamon and nutmeg. It’s the perfect dessert for a cold winter’s day and lovely served warm with your favorite vanilla ice-cream or cold with some hot custard. Perfect comfort food. So if you’re tired of pumpkin pies and want to try something different this Thanksgiving or Christmas, give it a try. It tastes even better the day after so you can make it a day ahead and just reheat it in the oven and serve when you are ready.
You can use any apples but this time I’ve used granny smith. Sometimes, I use Gala or Braeburn apples when there is too much in the fruit bowl and you just don’t want to throw them out. I like a bit of sweet and tangy apples when making a crumble. I find Bramley apples are too sour.
The topping has to be flavored well and I love using cinnamon and nutmeg. Also, a good quality butter makes it taste so buttery. For this recipe I used all-purpose flour but if you want you can use ½ flour and ½ rolled oats. Brown granulated sugar adds some crunch.
I cooked the apples just for about 5-10mins to get it started and let the sugar dissolved. I like adding a bit of almond extract to my apples and some lime juice, gives it a nice flavor.
Hope you enjoy and please let me know if you try this recipe and how it turned out. Any leftover toppings can be kept in a freezer bag and stored in the freezer for a rainy day and just topped over your favorite fruit and bake.