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July 8, 2009

Easy Apple Crumble with Vanilla Custard Sauce- Step by Step Recipe

Before I even start talking about this deliciously simple recipe, I want to apologize for not sharing this earlier. The first time I made this was when I was about 16 or 17. My athamma got me this book from Salem since I was quite crazy about baking and Mallika Badrinath was quite the rage back then.

Easy Apple Crumble with Vanilla Custard Sauce- Step by Step RecipeActually, I lie. This is not the same book. I got this from Chennai this April when we were there because I lose the original one athamma gave me. And with it went the recipe of this super-crazy-easy Apple Crumble Recipe! I had been searching for the book online ever since and finally found it on a road-side second hand book stall in Pondi Bazaar. Such is life :)


Easy Apple Crumble with Vanilla Custard Sauce- Step by Step Recipe
An 'after' picture just to keep us going till we make the real thing

What makes this recipe extra yummy is the combination of the apple crumble with the vanilla custard sauce. The ingredients are easy-to-get in India and this is a great beginner baking recipe. Make it and impress guests ;)

Anyway, onto the recipe now.

Easy Apple Crumble with Vanilla Custard Sauce- Step by Step Recipe
Let's get started with apples. Good round red apples. Actually, any variety will work. Just go with red apples, ok? So about 500gm of that, or lets say 2-3 medium-sized apples.

Easy Apple Crumble with Vanilla Custard Sauce- Step by Step RecipePeel them. Or if you hate peeling apples as much as I do, make your husband peel them and pretend you are busy with taking pictures or dusting the furniture or something.

Easy Apple Crumble with Vanilla Custard Sauce- Step by Step RecipeOnce peeled, chop them up into small chunks. Its okay if they are going brown. To prevent this to some extend, squeeze a few drops of lemon juice on the pieces and mix well.

Easy Apple Crumble with Vanilla Custard Sauce- Step by Step RecipeAdd 2 tbsp sugar to the apples and cook on a low fire until soft and mushy. If you feel they are beginning to burn at the bottom, sprinkle some water but don't add more than that. This should take anywhere between 10-12 mins. Throw in a cinnamom piece if you like the flavour.

They will slightly reduce in volume and give out water. Keep aside to cool and resist temptation to snack on them.

Easy Apple Crumble with Vanilla Custard Sauce- Step by Step RecipeMeanwhile, measure out one cup whole wheat flour / atta. Add a pinch of salt and 2 tbsp of sugar to this and mix well.

Easy Apple Crumble with Vanilla Custard Sauce- Step by Step RecipeChop up 100gm of salted butter that's almost at room temperature. The Amul salted butter that you get in India is a 100gm packet and works perfect for this. Remember to reserve a teeny bit to grease your pie dish!

Easy Apple Crumble with Vanilla Custard Sauce- Step by Step Recipe
Mix the butter and flour mixture gently with your fingers untill well combined. Don't knead. Remember this is an easy recipe.

The resulting mixture will look like bread crumbs. In the above picture, there is slightly extra butter because I had a 108gm chunk and I added it all in. When you use just 100gm it will be drier and more crumb-like.

Easy Apple Crumble with Vanilla Custard Sauce- Step by Step RecipeSmear some butter all over your pie dish next. For those of you who sighed and thought "but I don't have a piedish!!", fret not.

You can use a small cake tray of any shape. In fact, I used an old aluminium ice tray (that had removable plastic grids where you pour the water for ice) when I was in India. So pretty much anything works! I got this pie dish on sale so I am going all fancy this time ;)

Easy Apple Crumble with Vanilla Custard Sauce- Step by Step RecipeLay out the cooled, cooked apples evenly on the greased pie dish.

Easy Apple Crumble with Vanilla Custard Sauce- Step by Step RecipeNext, add the butter-atta mixture and spread evenly. Gently press down to make it as even as possible.

Easy Apple Crumble with Vanilla Custard Sauce- Step by Step RecipeSprinkle some sugar on top. I use brown sugar these days but go ahead and use your white sugar. There is no reason for this. Its just a nice thing to do. Sugar should be added to everything possible, in fact.

Easy Apple Crumble with Vanilla Custard Sauce- Step by Step RecipeBake in a preheated oven at 180C for 25-30 mins until the top turn golden brown. Do you see that crust? Now can you imagine what this dish can do your life? Its going to smell divine, to boot!

You can slice them up once they are cool and warm them slightly in the microwave before serving.

Easy Apple Crumble with Vanilla Custard Sauce- Step by Step Recipe

While the apple crumble is baking, you need to cook up the vanilla custard sauce. The combination will make you a slave for it and make you crave it every other day, so consider yourselves warned.

Here are the recipes, all in one place.
Apple Crumble Recipe
Source: Mallika Badrinath's 100 Excellent Puddings
Serves: 4 generous portions

What I Used:

Apples - 500gm (about 2-3 medium-sized apples)
Wheat flour / atta - 1 cup
Salted butter - 100gm + a bit for greasing
Sugar - 2tbsp + 2 tbsp
Salt - a pinch
Lemon juice - a few drops (optional)
Cinnamom stick - 1 (optional)

How to Make Apple Crumble:

1. Wash peel and chop the apples. Add a few drops of lemon juice to prevent browning. Mix in 2tbsp sugar and cook on a low fire until soft and mushy. Set aside to cool.

2. Mix salt and 2tbsp sugar with the flour. Lightly mix in the butter without kneading until you get a mixture that resembles bread crumbs.

3. Grease a pie dish/cake tray with butter. Lay the cooked apples evenly. Add the flour mixture evenly on top and press down gently. Sprinkle sugar on top.

4. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180C for 25-30 mins.
Serve warm with chilled vanilla custard sauce (recipes below).

There are two options for the sauce. An eggless version and a slightly easier version with egg. I make the one with the egg but you pick depending on whether you cook with eggs or not.

Easy Apple Crumble with Vanilla Custard Sauce- Step by Step Recipe
It looks innocent but don't get deceived! Its sinfully tasty!

Vanilla Custard Sauce (with egg)

Beat with a fork, 1 egg yolk with 1 teaspoon cornflour and add 2 tablespoon sugar with that. Add one cup warm milk and beat well again. Cook on a low fire stirring constantly until pouring custard consistency. Add 1/2 tsp vanila essence, cool, chill and serve with warm apple crumble.

Vanilla Custard Sauce (eggless)

Blend vanilla flavoured custard powder with 1.5 cups of milk and 4 tbsp sugar (adjust to taste). Cook on a low fire until pouring consistency. Cool, chill and serve with warm apple crumble.

I don't bother with triangular shaped pieces. Just pile them on, top up with the sauce and dig in!