Dessert Week – Apple & Blackberry Crumble
Written by Mummy.
Week 4 of Bake Off is all about desserts, after hearing of a bumper crop of blackberries near the airport Jacob decided that we should make apple & blackberry crumble with of course homemade custard (eek)!
With tubs in hand we scooted off to collect some blackberries and stopped in at Grandma’s to relieve her of some apples. It was only bad planning that caused us to once again start cooking fairly late in the day.
To make the crumble we first peeled, cored and chopped 8 apples and put them in a pan with the blackberries, some water and 50g caster sugar and then heated them for about 5 minutes.
Whilst they cooked Jacob made the crumble topping by rubbing together 150g each of margarine, brown sugar and plain flour until the mixture was something like breadcrumbs. We spooned the fruit into ovenproof dishes and covered it with the crumble and put it into a 190 degree oven for about 30 minutes.
Jacob was determined that we would have homemade custard – all previous experience had involved adding boiling water to a yellow powder so I didn’t relish this thought! As usual google saved the day.
We heated 400ml milk in a pan with the remaining dribble of vanilla extract in the bottle (we didn’t have any vanilla pods sadly) until boiling. In a bowl Jacob mixed together 1 tbsp cornflour, 1 tbsp caster sugar and 2 egg yolks, to this we added a little of the boiling water and gave it a good whisk. This then went back in the pan and the whole thing was simmered until it thickened up. The result was a very pale custard, that tasted ok.
It might have been 10pm but it was worth waiting for.
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