52 Cookbooks #37: Apple & Walnut Crumble

It's time for more Hugh! I do love a bit of Hugh cooking and I thought I'd already used this book in this challenge, but it seems not - so happy days.

 52 Cookbooks: the challenge is to cook a new recipe from one of my (many) cookbooks each week for a year...

52 Cookbooks: the challenge is to cook a new recipe from one of my (many) cookbooks each week for a year...

Infact the real reason I pulled this book - River Cottage Everyday - off the shelf was to remind myself of its apple compote recipe, which in turn I hoped would help me make some headway into the apples I brought back from Norfolk last weekend. 

But as I looked for the compote many of the other recipes were screaming "cook me!"

As it turned out I haven't deviated too far from the compote recipe (and I've some of that sitting in the fridge too) with this apple and walnut crumble, but I also used this book for tea last night and cooked liver, sage and onion. Yum. 

So as crumbles go, for me it's normally rhubarb (as I grow some in the garden) and a plain crumble. If I make an apple crumble instead that's usually fairly plain too, following the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" rule of thumb. But for Hugh I decided to make an exception. And I had just the dish for it too:

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So breaking from tradition I added ground almonds and porridge oats (substituted for the oatmeal) along with more normal crumble ingredients. I pulsed it all in the food processor and it looked like crumble. So all was good.

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I baked the walnuts - yes I actually followed the recipe - well almost, I only had 80g of walnut pieces not the 100g that Hugh said. I peeled, cored and sliced my apples and mixed them with 80g of caster sugar and the walnuts. Hugh says to get the fruit as compact as possible so I did my best with that and then added the souped up crumble. 

I left out the optional cinnamon as for a simple crumble girl I decided it was a flavour too far. And I have plenty more time to add cinnamon to apple and crumbles this autumn!

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Ready to go into the oven... still looking like crumble!

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Out of the oven, still looking good. It cooked for about 40 minutes and still looked like crumble, which is always good news. In the dish and with a splash or two of cream we were very happy (autumnal) bunnies. 

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The verdict:

  • It was easy to do, and I might be tempted to make more apple crumbles
  • I liked the walnuts, but there were a lot of them. I'd only put in 40-50g if I were adding them again. 
  • The oats in the crumble were ok too, but I'm not sure I'd bother with oats and ground almonds again as I thought the crumble was fairly dry
  • Clearly though I'd be happy to eat any bowl of this put in front of me!

And I bloomin' love Hugh for this line in his recipe - which gives me permission to eat this for breakfast. I guess it's the porridge oats, but that's a good enough reason as any and with Hugh's permission I'm not sure I need that many reasons anyway...

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