A simple mixture of flour, bread crumbs, margarine (during the war there was a shortage of real butter) and sugar created a pastry lid over stewed fruit.
By Regula Ysewijn
The apple crumble became part of British traditions during World War II. History says that the Apple Crumble was invented due to strict food rationing, to replace the apple pie which contained too much quantities of flour compared to the crumble. A simple mixture of flour, bread crumbs, margarine (during the war there was a shortage of real butter) and sugar created a pastry lid over stewed fruit.
- 650 g cranberries
- 2 Bramley or any other cooking apple diced
- 100 g soft raw cane sugar
- 100 g wholemeal spelt flour
- 50 g raw cane sugar
- 60 g rolled oats (I sometimes use muesli)
- 100 g cold unsalted butter
- 0,5 cup of shaved almonds
- Braise the fruit in a pan, with sugar over medium heat.
- Leave the fruit whole, it should not me reduced to jam
- Mix flour, sugar and oats.
- Rub the butter into the mixture, I like to use a knife to do this at first, this way the butters stays cold.
- Add the shaved almonds.
- Now use your fingers to bring the dough together leaving it rough and crumbly.
- Put the mixture into the fridge for about an hour.
- Preheat the oven to 160° celsius
- Place the fruit in the baking tray
- Arrange the crumble on top, divide evenly
- Put in the top side of the oven and bake for 30 to 40 minutes
- Serve with Clotted cream or vanilla ice cream.
Regula fell in love with Britain when she was a little girl, her parents travelled with her across the country feeding a love that is still as strong now as it was over a decade ago. On her blog 'Miss Foodwise' she writes about her quest discovering everything there is to know about British food and culture. She has a passion for vintage British cookery books and a weakness for dainty floral tea cups. Regula is a photographer, graphic designer and culinary school student.