This lockdown hasn’t stopped the desire for cakes and desserts, far from it. And sometimes something needs to be ‘knocked up’ pretty quickly.
For something chocolatey it’s brownies, but we’ve also figured that a crumble can be prepared in under 10 minutes. In fact we’re planning a speed championship to see if we can get it down to the time it takes the oven to heat to 180C.
We use a basic recipe of crumble and approx 1kg of fruit, this fills a 30x20x6cm oven roaster dish. Enough for two sittings or one plus a few nocturnal trips to the larder cupboard!
Once you’ve mastered the easy, basic recipe you can start being creative; instead of golden caster sugar use brown sugar for a more treacly taste. Other spices can be substituted for cinnamon, oats or nuts which can replace some of the flour (or variety of flours).
Bramley apples are ideal, they cook down nicely in the half hour it takes the crumble to bake. You can also substitute some of the apples with rhubarb or strawberries. Or split the crumble into kids different combos by splitting off with a lining of baking paper.
We use a kitchen aid mixer to make the crumble, this usually takes about 4 minutes, starting off slowly and increasing to setting 3.
To speed up the process we measure the flour and sugar by volume, using empty plastic containers that just hold the right weight.
Step 1: Set oven on fan and 180C.
Step 2: Measure flour, sugar, cinnamon and place in a mixing bowl. Add 200g of butter (ideally room temp) cut into small cubes.
Step 3: Use the butter wrapper to grease the baking dish.
Step 4: Start mixing the crumble on a low setting using the beater attachment.
Step 5: Peel and slice apples and place in the baking dish.
Step 6: Add 2-3 tablespoons of milk into the bowl and mix until the crumble forms small clumps.
Step 7: Sprinkle evenly over the apples and bake for 30 minutes or until lightly golden.
Step 8: Remove from the oven, leave to sit for a few minutes then serve with a pouring of cream.
Remember to share your crumble with us on social media using the hashtag #konditorcakes.