Apple Crumble with Custard Sauce

>>  Saturday, September 5, 2015

We are coming to the last day of week 1, Buffet on Table, where we are doing Combo Dishes. With so many savory and dinner ideas done, I suddenly realized I could pick up a dessert. Infact my choice was another interesting dinner combo that will have to come out some other time. 

When I think of a dessert combo, all I could think of was Chocolate Brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream, which I have already done. Other than that I could only think about Indian Dessert combos like Gulab Jamun - Ice Cream. Carrot Halwa - Ice cream and Jalebi- Ice Cream. I know there is this Ice Cream Cake. I ended up thinking that the choice are so limited and looks like we can't think beyond Ice cream. 

As I said before, I am not sure what made me think of Apple Crumble. Its again been a dish I have been wanting to make. When we did Around the World in 30 Days, I had made Danish Æblekage / Danish Apple Cake

I know I didn't check out Apple Crumble then, though whenever I look at apple, I remember this dish. Its not often I cook with fruits. So its a chore to actually plan something with fruits. 

I went with checking Apple Crumble and I was so delighted to know the history of this dessert and how different it is served in different countries. Apple crumble is a British pudding traditionally served with Custard. Though over years, it was also served with cream or ice cream. 

I was thinking if I should really make this or pick up something else, since I have the Vanilla Custard recipe on the blog already. However since that is anyway a ready made custard powder recipe, there really is nothing new I will be making. And decided to go with Apple Crumble with Vanilla Custard.

Since I always make sure to have some desserts prepared for Sunday Lunch, I thought this will be the best chance to make use. I could get Hubby dear eat this and give his feedback as well. He loved it so much that he polished off the extra bowl and said it was intoxicating and lured him sleep. He infact napped like a baby and wanted another one for dinner! Said I will have to remember to repeat this dessert. I readily agreed and hearing our conversation, Konda was upset that I was ready to agree to repeat this, whereas I have not repeated her request. I said time is too short to repeat all her cakes and cheesy stuffs and there must still be so many other sinful dishes for to try!

I guess a lifetime is not just enough to try all the dishes across the globe!

I hope you all enjoyed the Combo Dishes that I made for Week 1. come back next week for a feast featuring Indian States!

For the Crumb Layer

For the Apple Layer
 Assembling before baking!

Make the Vanilla Custard Sauce

Apple Crumble Recipe


Apples - 3 medium
Maida / All purpose flour - 1 cup
Unsalted Butter - 3 -4 tbsp
Sugar - 3 -4 tsp + 2 tbsp for sprinkling on top
Cinnamon powder a pinch

How to Make Apple Crumble:

To make the apple base:

Wash, peel the skin and core the apples. Chop into thin 1 inch pieces and add 3 - 4 tsp of sugar to prevent from browning. You can also add a few drops of lemon juice if you are not going to cook the apple right away.

Cook on a low fire until soft and mushy. Just before taking it off, sprinkle the cinnamon powder, mix well and remove to cool.

To make the pie layer

Take the flour in a bowl, add sugar and cold butter. Crumble with your fingers so that the flour gets coated with butter and turns to become crumbs. Make sure you are not kneading to a dough.

Since I was baking in single serve ramekins, I greased as many bowls as needed. Else you can bake all in one baking tray.

First goes in the apple layer, on top of it will be a layer of the flour, evenly spread. Gently press down. Sprinkle some sugar on top.

Bake in a pre-heated oven at 185 C for 30 - 40 mins. You can check if done after 30 mins.

Serve warm with chilled vanilla custard sauce

To make the sauce, follow the same method I have done for making Vanilla Custard

Ensure the apple crumble is warm before serving. So MW for 30 sec if required and serve with chilled custard sauce.


Sapana Behl September 5, 2015 at 12:43 AM  

Such a wonderful combo, would love to eat a bowl or two.

Leena Chandrashekar September 5, 2015 at 7:24 AM  

Crumble and custard are made for each other combo..yumm

Nivedhanams Sowmya September 5, 2015 at 9:22 AM  

Beautiful and yummy combo... Glad your family liked it.

Usha September 5, 2015 at 10:49 AM  

Haha, I can reading the post I was think, wish it were crumble & ice-cream.. :) Apple crumble & custard sauce looks wonderful and must have tasted wonderful.

Priya Suresh September 6, 2015 at 12:50 PM  

Wat a wonderful combo to finish this week's marathon,usually we have crumble with icecream but never had crumble with custard sauce, wish i could make some very soon..

vaishali sabnani September 6, 2015 at 3:08 PM  

I must keep this combo in mind while we have dinners, easy yet delicious and unique. Loved it Valli.

Preeti Garg September 6, 2015 at 3:57 PM  

Love this combo.. already tried apple crumble with icecream, its really awesome in taste and love it your microwave version.
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Kalyani September 7, 2015 at 12:44 PM  

That's a great combo ... I hv made apple crumble wit ice cream n that too tastes Delish

sneha datar September 7, 2015 at 1:22 PM  

Must try this combo, always had apple crumble with ice cream.

Srividhya September 8, 2015 at 9:52 AM  

Loving this combo. Fruit based desserts are great na..

Sandhiya September 8, 2015 at 11:52 AM  

Love to finish my meal with fruit based dessert..Such a nice combo..

Padma Rekha September 8, 2015 at 7:52 PM  

MY GOD what a combination Valli , why didn't I get this Idea so tempting...

Gayathri Kumar September 10, 2015 at 8:14 PM  

Fruit crumbles are easy to make and tastes so yum. Your custard and the apple crumble looks so tempting..

Harini-Jaya R September 13, 2015 at 2:48 AM  

That is a wonderful combo, Valli. Should try it sometime soon.

Pavani N September 15, 2015 at 6:13 AM  

What a delicious and tempting apple crumble. I will definitely try and make it some time.

Archana Potdar September 17, 2015 at 6:13 PM  

Wow sounds yum. Bookmarking

Suma Gandlur September 24, 2015 at 8:06 AM  

That sure is a wonderful combo. I usually go with 2 minute microwave version for individual servings which also happens to be my kids' favorite.

Chef Mireille September 29, 2015 at 6:13 AM  

this is my kind of dessert as I always prefer fruit based ones over chocolate

Padmajha PJ October 2, 2015 at 11:00 PM  

Rightly said! A lief time is not enough to try out the different dishes across the globe!And where is the time for repeat requests!!! And this combo sounds so delicious and now I need to buy apples just to make these.

Manjula Bharath October 7, 2015 at 12:23 PM  

I love custard in any form and with a apple crumble it will marry so well :) am drooling over here .. wat an fantastic list of combos you made valli .. awesome !!

The Pumpkin Farm November 18, 2015 at 8:58 AM  

this is a perfect winter dessert combo...the custard is apt accompaniment for the crumble ...

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