I think it also definitely stemmed from the fact that my Dad has a love for cooking and when he could did the majority of the cooking in the house as my Mum was not a huge fan of it so I guess I thought it was just normal.
I found this very dodgy photo of myself in action, not overly sure why I would share this but hey it was the early 90s here…..
Some time ago I stumbled onto an old handwritten recipe book of mine; I remember I had to write it for Home Economics class in school. The copybook still has flour and butter stains from back in the day & has a couple of classic recipes: one is a rich shortcrust pastry & a pancake recipe. The last one being the easiest recipe you will ever find for an apple crumble.
What I do differently than here in Holland is that I stew the apple first – also there is no cinnamon and definitely no raisins thrown in.
6 Apples – Cooking apples or Granny Smiths
Handful of sugar
150g plain flour
75g softened margarine/butter
Saucepan for apples
Large bowl for mixing crumble
Preheat oven to 190C
- Peel and core all your apples
- Finely chop up your apple pieces and place in a saucepan of cold water
- Now empty the water from the saucepan – to stew apple properly, the apples need to be moist & wet for them to stew properly
- Sweeten your apples and place the saucepan lid on and turn on to a low to medium heat
- If apples are too sour to your taste you can always add more sugar throughout the process
- Sieve your flour into a large mixing bowl
- Add your softened margarine/butter
- With the tips of your fingers mix together until you create a crumble
- Add 50g sugar
- To assemble place the stewed apple in an oven dish and pour your crumble over the top ensuring the crumble is evenly distributed
- Bake in the centre of a preheated 190C oven for 35 minutes
- Serve hot with ice-cream, cream or custard
Dutch it up - add cinnamon & raisins to your apple.....