Even though I haven’t really had time to turn around over the last few weeks, I found the time the other night to have another baking session.
I love the idea of baking. Sunshine pouring into the kitchen, birds singing, fresh washing on the line blowing slightly in the breeze….I’m inside effortlessly beating eggs into a perfect victoria sponge – which comes out of the oven complete with cream, strawberries and a dusting of icing sugar.
Ok, so not quite brave enough to tackle a cake yet – my history of icing is enough to warn me off trying to bake a full cake. It ressembled a drizzle cake and I had more icing on the plate than the cake itself. Not very Delia Smith I assure you! However, it seems I’m a master of the crumble. This little beauty was baked to perfection and tasted just as perfect warm with a dollop of yummy vanilla ice cream. Go on, give it a try!
1kg cooking apples
60g soft brown sugar
half teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tbsp orange juice
180g plain flour
Preheat oven to gas mark 6. Peel cooking apples, cut them in half and cut out the cores. Slice them and cook them in a saucepan with the orange juice, spice and brown sugar until soft.
Pour them into a pie dish and spread evenly.
For the crumble, sift the flour into a mixing bowl. Cut the butter into small bits and addto the flour. Rub the butter into the flour with fingertips until the mixture is evenly crumbly. Mix in the sugar, spread the crumble over the apples and bake for around 30 – 40 minutes.
Yum, yum, yum…