Preparation Time Cook Time
20 minutes 30 minutes
500g Bramley cooking apples
Juice of 1 lemon
25 g butter
25 g soft brown sugar
70g butter (cold)
100g Demerara sugar
1. Peel the apples and chop around the core. Discard the core. Chop the apples into bite-size pieces and place in a bowl of water with the lemon juice (this stops the apples turning too brown).
2. Drain the apple pieces and place in a saucepan with 25g of butter and 3 tbsp. of water and cook gently with the sugar until the apples are soft, then remove from the heat and pour into a heatproof pie or casserole dish leave to cool. (Alternatively you could make mini ones as per the photograph and take them out of the freezer when you need them).
3. In a separate bowl mix the butter and flour together with your finger tips until the consistency resembles breadcrumbs.
4. Then stir in the sugar and if you wish you can add some spices (e.g. cinnamon or nutmeg or you could add some nuts.)
5. Sprinkle the dry mixture over the slightly cooled apples and bake for 25-30 mins. on 180ºC Alternatively freeze it for a rainy day.
There are endless ways to vary this: use pears, raspberries, apples and blackberries or blueberries. Use oats and nuts in the topping. Add spices of your choice. This is just the basic recipe for you to then make your own. Beware when using nuts of possible allergic reactions - check with your guests first.
Serve with home-made vanilla ice cream, cream or with custard.