A Cup of fruity Crumble
This, if I do say so myself, is a fantastic dessert! It looks very sophisticated yet quirky and tastes absolutely divine.
YOU WILL NEED
For the fruit compote 3 large cooking apples, peeled and diced
4oz/110g caster sugar
2 tbsps water
5oz/150g fresh or frozen mixed berries For the crumble 7oz/200g plain flour
3oz/75g brown sugar
½ tsp cinnamon
2oz/50g flaked almonds
Place the apples, sugar and water in a medium-sized saucepan and bring to a gentle boil. Add in the berries and stir gently to incorporate them with the apples.
Simmer on a low heat for five to six minutes, until the fruit just starts to soften. Taste the fruit and add a little more sugar if you feel it is required.
I normally like to leave it a little tart as the crumble topping is quite sweet.
Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. Meanwhile, prepare the crumble topping by sieving the flour into a large bowl. Add in the brown sugar and the butter and rub the butter into the flour and sugar mixture with your fingertips until a fine consistency has been achieved.
Mix in the cinnamon and the flaked almonds at this stage and stir well.
Divide the fruit-compote mixture between six ovenproof teacups or small ramekins, filling them between half and two-thirds of the way up and topping with some of the crumble topping.
Place the cups on a flat baking tray and bake for 20 to 25 minutes until the crumble topping is golden brown.
Place on a saucer and serve immediately with a little freshly whipped cream.