My grandma has three apple trees in her garden. One of them makes outstandingly sweet apples. My grandma calls the sort “white cinnamon”. I have no idea if that’s its real name, but it definitely suits it. Every autumn I would ride my bike to my grandma’s place every other day just for a cup of tea and then to collect a basketful of just those apples. And then I would ride back in the twilight, through the crisp cold air and at home I would go straight to the kitchen and make a big batch of hot apple crumble.
But that hasn’t only been our tradition when living in Finland. We’ve been doing that for all my life, only that when living in Germany my mum and I always rode our bikes to the local farmer, not to my granny. But the autumnal feeling has always been the same. It’s cold outside, but in our kitchen everything smells of apples, cinnamon, vanilla. My childhood memories still come up every single time I make my apple crumble, and I make it several times per week at the moment! Right now I’m so lucky to have an apple tree in our garden, and as I always make way more apples than crumble, this dessert isn’t even too unhealthy!
And as it’s the recipe I’ve been asked for most in my whole life – here it comes!
1/2 cup margarine *
3 cups oats (I usually take 2 cups rolled oats and 1 cup instant oats)
1 cup flour (spelt or wheat)
1 cup brown sugar or sugar beet molasses
2 tbsp water
1/2 tsp salt
1-2 tsp cinnamon
* by cups I mean small coffee cups of about 100ml (equals 1/2 mug)
- Preheat the oven to 200°C.
- Cut the apples into slices. I have an apple slicer which is incredibly helpful! Place the apples into a heat-resistant glass bowl or casserole form. If you like, you can add some raisins!
- Put the apples into the microwave or the preheated oven for about 10 minutes to soften.
- Melt the margarine and add the dry ingredients. If they don’t stick at all, add a little water.
- When the apples have softened a little, add the crumble on top. Make sure it is nice and loose.
- Put the form back into the oven, until you can see the apples cooking in their own liquid and until the crumble gets crunchy. That should take about 20-30mins.
- Enjoy hot with vanilla sauce or vanilla ice cream!