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Nom, Nom, Nom: I’ll Crumble For Ya

Sadly, our season four True Blood Supper Club ended on September 11. Finally, us fangers, howlers, witches and potential mediums got a solid season finale. I now have a slight case of separation anxiety because I don’t get to meet up with my girls on Sunday nights. But woo, woo, woo. Don’tcryformeArgentinapointblankperiod.com.

We wanted to go all out for the season finale. We talked about doing a Cajun menu weeks before. But when the night finally rolled around, we decided to go with a considerably lighter menu. That meant chicken Caesar salad and wine of course! At first, I wanted to get all fancy and make a bananas foster creme brulee or chocolate-strawberry crepes. But once the menu changed, I went with a simple fall dessert. I was too lazy to go to the store, so I decided to make an apple crumble. I already had everything I needed to make it. So done and done!

If you’re not a baker, crumbles are right up your alley. They usually require you to plug-in a mixer, chop some fruit and cut in some butter. If you can’t do this, I don’t know what to tell you. (Actually, I’ll just say a prayer, and ask Baby Jesus to give you common sense!) But this recipe I found on About.com is super easy to make, and it will serve about six people.

I decided to tweak this recipe a little, and make mini crumbles in ramekins.  I added about a 1/2 cup of old-fashioned oats to the crumble mixture along with some ginger and nutmeg. I didn’t add water to the apples. Instead, I cut up my apples, seasoned them with cinnamon, nutmeg and dark rum, and added lemon juice to keep them from turning brown. I let my apples chill out in this mixture in the fridge while I made the crumble. Before I assembled the mini crumbles, I added about a tablespoon of potato starch to the apples so the rum and juices would thicken up as the crumbles baked.

I recommend baking the crumble for the full 45 minutes. The crust came out perfect. I also recommend that you have vanilla ice cream and extra mini crumbles on hand. Our hostess for the evening (Dana) really enjoyed the dessert and said, “Damn Devo, you really have a future in this!”

Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups peeled, cored, sliced apples
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup softened butter

Preparation:

Place apples in a lightly buttered baking pan or dish, about 10 x 6 or 9-inch square. Add water. Combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle crumb mixture over the apples. Bake apple crunch at 350° for 35 to 45 minutes, or until apples are tender. Serve apple crumble warm with ice cream, if desired.

Apple crumble serves 6.

 

So happy chopping, baking and crumble making!

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