The Only Place

apple crumble slice

For someone who claims to hate winter so much, I have been enjoying this one an awful lot, minus waking up before the sun. My collection of scarves and cardigans is growing out of control, since both form part of my winter ‘uniform’. It has steadily been getting colder but the days are still beautiful and mild for the most part, and cold hands are nothing when you wrap them around a warm cup of tea.

And then of course, there is the food. Winter is all about comforting, hearty dishes and revisiting old favourites. Rediscovering classic flavour combinations using seasonal ingredients, as well as dreaming up new ones, because really, the kitchen is the only place to be.

This apple crumble slice is a beautiful play on a classic dessert. The different layers – cake, apple and crumble work in complete harmony together, giving you different tastes and textures in every bite. It’s very easy to prepare, and was a winner with all the taste testers!

Apple Crumble Slice
Recipe adapted from Donna Hay
Serves 6-8

• 100g butter
• ½ cup caster sugar
• 1 egg
• 1 cup plain flour, sifted
• 1 teaspoon baking powder, sifted
• 1 tablespoon milk
• Icing sugar, to dust

Apple Filling
• 5 apples, peeled and chopped
• 10g butter
• ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Crumble Topping
• 1¼ cups plain flour
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 125g butter
• ¾ cup caster sugar

1. Preheat oven to 160°C (320ºF). To make the crumble, mix the flour, baking powder, butter and sugar in a bowl until it resembles breadcrumbs. Set aside.
2. To make the apple filling, place the apple, butter and cinnamon in a saucepan over low heat and cook for 5 minutes or until softened. Allow to cool.

3. Place the butter and sugar in an electric mixer and beat until creamy. Add the egg and beat well. Fold through the flour, baking powder and milk.
4. Spread in a 20cm x 30cm tin lined with non-stick baking paper, top with the apple filling and crumble and bake for 40 minutes until golden. Serves 6-8.

7 Comments on “The Only Place”

  1. Ohhhh apple crumble slice! I saw a recipe for this the other day and nearly made it, now I really want to try your recipe instead! Yours looks amazing, loving the look of all the different layers

  2. I'd say that was more than adequate reason to love the winter, wouldn't you? 😉 (then again, I haven't experienced that many winters– just one. It was okay, as long as I'm indoors!)

  3. as a lover of all things apple and cinnamon, i'm smitten with this bar. the texture looks simply spectacular! and since it's summer here (not to rub it in), some vanilla ice cream is definitely in order. 🙂

  4. I love apple crumble. I got an A+ for my crumble when I did home economics 🙂 Looks tasty, and similar to the one my mom makes, in terms of layers. Tell me you served it with vanilla ice cream.

  5. Steph, you should definitely give it a go, it's a killer recipe and so easy to make!

    Mark, I'm a big sook cos Australian winters don't even get that cold! But 23 degree days in July are just awesome.

    Grace, vanilla icecream is definitely a good idea!

    SydneyCider, haha congratulations on your A+ ! I imagine it would be excellent with vanilla ice cream.

  6. It's interesting to read, how you're getting ready for winter while we're getting ready for summer…..although….summer in my city is so cold and foggy that oftentimes I look for rather comforting than refreshing dishes…. like your apple crumble here.
    happy winter 🙂

  7. Thanks a million Lisa – I lost this recepie and Was going nuts thinking I could never make it again. I am very grateful to you. X it really is a beautiful recepie. One to treasure.

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