Recipe: Apple Crumble – lazy girl style

I love apple crumble. It’s comforting, it’s warm, and just the right amount of sticky for Singapore. I especially like my crumble to be a little more doughy and cookie-like rather than crunchy like granola. If you’re looking for that kinda crumble, you’re in the wrong place. Sorry!
This one has a digestive biscuit crust and apples that are baked soft enough to cut through with a fork, but still crisp enough for a bite that adds to the texture of the dish. Covering my beautiful apples is a golden brown crust of cookie dough that is sweet and chewy.
Baked with love and perfect with a scoop of ice cream, it’s super comforting on a rainy day.

For the crust:
10 McVities digestive biscuits
5 tbsp caster sugar
½ tsp ground cinnamon
7 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
For the filling:
5 apples, cored and sliced into 1cm thick slices
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp plain flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
½ tbsp. lemon juice,  freshly squeezed

For the crumble topping:
¾ cup plain flour
1/3 cup brown sugar
3 tbsp caster sugar
pinch of salt
6 tbsp unsalted butter, cold
For the crust:
1. Preheat the oven to 190 deg C.
2. In a large bowl, add the digestive biscuits, sugar, cinnamon and butter. Break it up into fine crumbs using the end of a rolling pin. Mix well.
3. Press the mixture firmly onto the base and sides of the dish before baking for 7min.
4. While waiting for the crust to bake, core and slice your apples into 1cm thick slices.

For the apple filling:

5. Remove the dish from the oven and leave to cool. While waiting, mix your apple slices, brown sugar, plain flour, cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon juice in a large bowl. Make sure each apple slice is generously covered.
6. Preheat your oven to 200 deg C and lay out the apples over the crust. It doesn’t matter if the filling rises above the dish.

For the crumble topping:
7. In another bowl, prepare the crumble topping by mixing the flour, brown sugar, caster sugar, salt and unsalted butter. Mix with your hands till it forms little clumps. Scatter generously over the dish.

8. Bake the crumble in the oven for 15min or till the top turns brown. Lower the heat of the oven to 180 deg C and bake again for another 15min or until a fork slides easily into the centre of the dish.

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