There is something about mi-saison. The strong gust of wind and the constantly wet pavement. The dead leaves engulfing the road, making a loud cracking noise with every step we take. They stick to the pram’s wheel, and every now and then, we stop to remove the dead leaf. And yet we refuse to swap our light clothes for something thicker, hoping, praying for one last warm breeze. Just one more sunny day, that’s what we say. One more. And so we brace the cold, the wind and the rain, insisting of going to the park, taking long excursions, telling ourselves to enjoy it while it lasts.
But there is something warm about chilly weather, one that make you cocoon each other. Even the little guy is contented sitting on my lap, flipping Meg et Mog. As for me, it makes me think about hot chocolate, bubbly champagne, fresh oysters and warm apple crumble.
Truth is, when it comes to fruits, apple is as easy as you can get. It’s available all year round. There is one for every taste bud. Soft, crunchy, grainy, juicy, sweet and acidic. Tart, compote, fresh, cooked, baked. And yet, it is only during colder months that I yearn for a warm apple crumble.
Truly I prefer the warmer months, but I look forward to seeing mini eskimos in the playground. They are a sighting.
MULTI LAYER APPLE CRUMBLE
make one 9-inch
900 gr apples (about 4 medium sized apples), cored, peeled and thinly sliced
zest & juice of 1 lemon
2 tbsp apricot jam
75 gr flour
75 gr white sugar
1 tsp cinnamon powder
a pinch of salt
75 gr dry oats
100 gr cold butter, split into 75 gr + 25 gr, cubed
- Preheat oven to 180 C. Butter a 9-inch round baking tray.
- In a large bowl, sift the flour and sugar. Add in the cinnamon, salt and oats and mix well.
- Cut the 75 gr of cold butter into small cubes and work it into the flour mixture using your hands until it becomes small crumbs.
- In another large bowl, mix the thinly sliced apples with the lemon juice & zest. Warm the apricot jam in microwave for 10-15 seconds and add into the apple mixture.
- Start layering : apples, crumble, apples, crumble, .. with the final layer of crumble. Gently pat down the layer if it starts overflowing.
- Add in the remaining 25 gr cold butter, cubed, on the top.
- Baked in oven for 50 mins.
A vanilla ice cream will go well with this.