Saturday, April 06, 2013

52 Steps to Yesteryear - Bake with Apples

We live in a house surrounded by apple trees. Seven crabapples give name to our home, Crabapple House, and three more varieties add to the abundance. But I'm never one to turn away a bucket of apples when good hearted friends share their harvest. 

And this is the month for apples. So with a bench-top littered with fruit, I set about creating a quick apple treat ~ in and out of the oven in less than an hour. If you're feeding men, as I do...  there's nothing better than a hot apple anything. 

Apple Bumble ~ Crabapple House

This week, we're enjoying Apple Bumble. Named in honour of the bumbling which occurred when I combined the best of apple crumble and the base of a brownie mixture (without the chocolate), messed with it a little, waited for more eggs to arrive when my hens' supply was low... and ended up with a new and favourite delight. 

Apple Bumble ~ Crabapple House
I hope you get a chance to play with this recipe and taste my Apple Bumble. 

Apple Bumble 

Preheat oven to 180C (medium oven, where you'd normally bake a cake)

2 cups SR flour
2 cups sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cloves
1 cup melted butter

Mix well and let this crumbly base sit while you peel, core and slice 5 apples. Set your apples aside and beat up 4 eggs. Add to crumble mixture. This will make your base a little runnier but it will be thick.

Apple Bumble ~ Crabapple House
Spoon into a lined 30x20cm baking pan. Add sliced apples on top. Sprinkle with sugar and bake for 30 minutes. Cover with aluminium foil for another 10 minutes, or until your cake base is cooked right through. Be careful to keep those apple slices from burning in the last ten minutes. 

And there you have it. Apple Bumble. Be lavish in your addition of powered sugar once it's out of the oven. The best way to remember anyone's grandma who cooked with apples, cinnamon and cloves. 

What's your favourite apple treat? Are you a fan of cinnamon and cloves? 

Blessings for a wonderful weekend,