The Apple Crumble in the Room

The Apple Crumble in the Room

You know what it’s like, as soon as you decide you’re not going to do something it’s all you can think about. When you realize you can’t swear in front of your kids, the only thing that wants to come out of your mouth are the foulest words.  Likewise, since I proposed having dessert just once a week all I started to obsess about chocolate cake, chocolate chip cookies, any kind of pie, ice cream, well, you get the idea. I also needed a little bribe for my girl this past weekend. I was going out on Saturday night. I knew Esme wasn’t going to be happy about it but three days into Ben’s most recent work trip to NYC and Mama needed a cocktail. So I told her we could make a crumble together on Saturday afternoon and she could share some with our sitter. It also gave us a chance to catch up on some things. For instance, you probably know that when lions have tea parties they wear fancy dresses but you probably don’t realize they buy their cakes in stores, “because they don’t have the materials.”

The Apple Crumble in the Room

4 medium apples peeled and chopped
1 cup frozen mixed berries
1 cup frozen rhubarb
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup oats
1/4 muesli (any granola would do but if you don’t have it, increase the flour and oats a bit)
1/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 stick of cold butter
pinch of cinnamon


Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. I was making applesauce, too, as I use it as baby food for Julian, snacks for Esme and in baking, too. I prepared seven apples – four for the crumble and three for applesauce.

Add the frozen fruit to the apples and toss. I don’t add sugar here as most crumble recipes do. I’m not just being health conscious when I say I don’t think it needs it! Pour all the fruit into your baking dish.

Mix the dry ingredients together well. Cut the cold butter into small pieces – roughly pea size – and add it to the dry mixture. Toss it together until each piece of butter is well coated with flour, the butter should be evenly distributed throughout.

Carefully pour the oat mixture over the fruit making sure to cover it all. It won’t be a thick layer of crumble. Pop in the hot over and bake for 50 minutes to an hour. While the crumble was in the oven I made applesauce. Making applesauce is super easy. Just place the chopped apple in about an inch or so of simmering water, cover and let it cook for about ten minutes.

Let the apple cool a bit before giving it a whiz with the hand blender. You could use a  potato masher if you don’t have one, but if you’re going to be making baby food the submersion hand blenders really do kick butt.

We go through so much applesauce I don’t bother to freeze it the way I do with all the other baby food I make. A jar like this doesn’t last a week for us. Let it cool a bit before putting the lid on and storing it in the fridge.

When the crumble is done the fruit will be bubbling and the top  will be golden. It goes without saying that some vanilla ice cream would be great with this crumble but it’s also very good plain.

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