I don’t know if you guys have noticed, but I haven’t baked in a while. This is because one day, with no warning, my oven decided it had had enough of the hard grind and just packed up. When I say packed up, I mean that it flew into a rage and took all its frustrations out on me. Obviously it got tired of the endless cupcake and cheese cake orders, and disillusioned with all the interesting fruit cakes. I over used it, so it decided to scorch everything I put in it, without exception. Anyway, my friend *SU* hooked me up with a great oven technician and he got it working again. So of course, I made sure that I set aside a take away pack of this for her, to help me ‘wash’ my newly reformed oven. I am pleased to say, the crumble came out really well and my recipe is posted below.

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Ingredients (serves 10 – 12)

10 medium sized apples, peeled and sliced

4.5 cups of plain white flour

4.5 cups of brown sugar

300g of soft, unsalted butter

1 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

2 teaspoons of vanilla essence

2 teaspoons of freshly grated ginger

2 small limes or a large lemon



  • Mix the grated ginger with the vanilla in a small cup and pour over the apples.
  • Squeeze some lime over the whole lot, mix gently and transfer the apples to an oven-safe dish
  • Put the flour, butter, sugar, cinnamon and salt in a bowl and rub together gently with the tips of your fingers. Do not knead or get your palms involved, as this will turn it into biscuit dough, which you don’t want. Aim for the texture of clumpy sand
  • Now sprinkle the crumble over the apples, but do not press down, just pile it on evenly.
  • Place in the oven and bake at 180*C for about 40 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and serve on its own or with custard, double cream, or ice cream.
  • Enjoy 🙂