Day one of the Portobello Road Market Apple Fest is over and what a wonderful day. Needless to say we ate a few apples, served thousands of people samples and cant wait till tomorrow to try out a few more recipe surprises. Hats off to all the volunteer, from cooks from Flavour Gateway in Tower Hamlets ( check out their food at Weavers Field in Bethnal Green) to Masters in Food Policy students at City University who helped make it all happen.
Today was not just about apple and squashes. It was actually about saving local jobs, local fruit and veg, local cultural history, and reconnecting people with the flavours of the season. Not the flavour one finds in the freezer aisle of the supermarket, or the jarred apple sauce we feed our infants. No. I am talking about the flavour of home made food that is made with skill, but more importantly with lots of love.
Below is a very simple recipe for a wonderful dessert that anyone can make for their friends and family. Give it a try; cook with your loved ones both young and old, and enjoy the process and the "fruits" of your labour!!!!
WHAT YOU NEED
4 large Bramley apples (or other apples/stone fruit) washed and seeded
1 lime (or other citrus) zested and juiced
4 T raisins (or other dried fruit)
1t mixed spice (or just plain Cinnamon)
75g whole meal flour
25 g oats
50 g sugar
50 g butter
1 t mixed spice
WHAT TO DO
- Heat oven to 190 Celsius/375F/Gas mark 5
- Thickly slice apples and toss with zest and juice of lime, raisins, 1t mixed spice, and place in baking tin.
- Rub butter into the flour, stir in sugar, oats and mixed spice and rub till crumbly.
- Cover apples with crumble mixture and press firmly to create a sealed layer over the fruit.
- Bake in oven for 40 minutes until brown and let rest 10 minutes before serving
MORE DISHES TO WASH
Try serving this with natural yogurt instead of custard.
Try to make a different fruit based crumble for each season.
Mix up your dried fruits, your spices, and your citrus with each crumble.