Saturday, 7 June 2008

Pudding In Your Pocket

There is one thing on this earth (and obviously, I am talking about food, for a change) for which I would sell my soul. Really. Maybe not really. It isn't glamorous (no Daring Baker would look twice at it); it isn't expensive (no truffle oil, for example, or saffron); and it isn't even chocolate (GASP).

It's school apple crumble.

Yeah, I know. Not regular apple crumble; not apple crumble made with love and care by my own dear mother and lavished upon me in the finest china while I recline on my velvet chaise longe, watching Doctor Who repeats in a careless manner (although this does happen all the time). Just regular, mass-produced, margarine-not-butter apple crumble, flung together by underpaid dinner ladies every second Thursday.

But god, that stuff is good.

'It's not that good,' my best friend tends to say when I lapse into incoherent lusty noises over lunch. 'It's only apple crumble.'

HA! Shows what she knows.

I know, I know. You're peering at these photos now, aren't you? Muttering to bewildered family members, 'apple crumble? That doesn't look like apple crumble' and possibly, 'is that not a plate?'. Some of you may even be poking your monitors mutinously; possibly the words, 'bar cookie' have passed your lips while you try to comprehend where I'm going with this ode to school apple crumble.

The thing is... I'm not here to give you the recipe for that apple crumble. I know. I'm sorry. I thought about it, and then I thought, 'but - how will food bloggers the world over POSSIBLY APPRECIATE the sheer genius of this pudding without a big enough build up?'. For all I know, you could go the same way as my treacherous best friend ('only apple crumble'? ONLY APPLE CRUMBLE; I ASK YOU).

No, the only solution was to raise the tension a bit. An advertising campaign, if you will. After a few weeks of me subliminally dropping apple crumble references into every post, you will be desperate to own this recipe for yourselves.

Alternatively, you will have stopped reading my blog. One of the two.

Which brings me to the recipe at hand. Now, this may be a build-up recipe, but don't go thinking that it's only a build-up recipe. This has its own kind of genius, namely: it is apple crumble THAT YOU CAN CARRY AROUND WITH YOU. Should you be strolling the streets one summer evening, and the urge for apple crumble seizes you, there is no longer any need to vault a nearby wall and break into the school kitchens! You can carry apple crumble IN YOUR POCKET.

The sheer genius of this idea makes me slightly weak at the knees.

Apple crumble bars
Original recipe (and American measurements) here

560g flour
1/2 tsp salt
270g sugar
60g brown sugar
330g butter, softened
About 5 granny smith apples, skinned and diced (I halved this and used 2, cause we only had 2, but use 3 if you halve the recipe)
1 tsp cinnamon

1. Take the butter out of the fridge to soften (do not melt) on the counter as you peel and dice up the apples into small cubes. Squirt with some lemon juice and set aside.

2. Combine the flour, salt, white sugar and brown sugar in a bowl.

3. Cut the butter into the dry ingredients. The butter should not be melted; what we’re going for here are crumbs. You can either do this with a wooden spoon, or you can use your hands to crush it all together.

4. Take 1 cup of the crumb mixture and mix it with the apples. Add the cinnamon as well and set aside.

5. Preheat the oven to 180C and grease and flour a 9×13 baking pan. Take 1/2 of your remaining crumb mixture and press it into the bottom of the pan. Bake for 10 minutes.

6. Remove the crust from the oven, pour in the apple mixture and top with last of the crumbs. Put it back in the oven for another 45 minutes. When it’s done, the top should be a beautiful golden brown. Cool by putting the pan on a wire rack so air can circulate around it. Cut into bars after they’ve completely cooled, if you can resist it. It’s a great idea to refrigerate the bars so they set a bit more.


test it comm said...

Those apple crumble bars look so good!! Nice and moist and apply good...mmm...

Anonymous said...

Hilarious..between you, myself and Kevin we are all on the crumble bandwagon today...interesting. This one is also a divine speciman!

Anonymous said...

Moomin am I correct in guessing that you somehow magically acquired the *shockhorror* asking a dinnerlady???
(or did you kidnap one?)
But I know these were particularly magical, the first bit of baking of yours I'd had in an AGE!
I'm starting to feel withdrawl symptons again, I do hope you intend to spend all summer feeding me :P

Liliana said...

Being an apple crumble pie addict, these bars look AMAZING to me! I want to eat one now! Great advertising campaign! It sold me!

Thanks for sharing the recipe with us!

Anonymous said...

Those look wonderful! I think I'm going to make some at work today.

Abitofafoodie said...

Apple crumble that I can carry in my pocket? Now that really is a stroke of genius.
And... I couldn't agree more. Apple crumble shouldn't be messed around with. There is nothing worse than a 'fancy' apple crumble.

Clumbsy Cookie said...

I'm all for desserts you can carry on your pocket, as long as it's MY pocket of course! Just the world crumble makes me like any crumble-like recipe. There is something about that texture, yummy!!!!! My pocket is empty, that's not good...

Clumbsy Cookie said...

I meant word crumble... Stupid keyboard!

My Sweet & Saucy said...

The crust and crumble on those photos is just so yummy looking!

grace said...

hey, i don't care if it's apple pie, crumble, crisp, brown betty, cobbler, or galette, if there're apples, cinnamon, and brown sugar involved, i will eat it and i will eat it good. hilarious and delicious post!

Rosie said...

This looks divine and an apple pie in my pocket now thats a real treat - pudding on the go :) I like my apple crumbles the same way good plain flavours coming through!!

Rosie x

Anonymous said...

It looks good and the concept sounds handy...but I'm just too much of a crumble traditionalist to wrap my head around a crumble bar ;) Maybe if you made it for me to try, hehehe!

Anonymous said...

This is sheer brilliance. I'm a fan of apple crumbles, apple turnovers, apple strudels, and all of their apple counterparts in the apple nation. I hope to rekindle my relationship with apple soon nuf. Thanks for sharing, sweetie!

Y said...

Wow. Pocket apple crumble. Genius never looked so delicious!

Gigi said...

...oooo these look so good! And I can carry them in my pocket! I secretly love Krispy Creme donuts. They are sooo good. I would also sell my soul for them.

Anonymous said...

hey there! i'm honored that you borrowed my recipe. these came out looking great!

Anonymous said...

Darling, you are like Freud a.k.a. a sex maniac. Only with you it's that apple crumble! Just as Freud's obsession pervades all of his theories, so your obsession pervades all of your posts!

Which brings me onto two points:

a) Why have I only just now discovered this amazing food blog of yours?! and

b) Come live with me and be my love (and we will all the pleasures prove).... And cook apple crumble for me! I'll pay you in tea and pokemon videos from charity shops.


Very much looking forward to you making school apple crumble next time your at my house in the deepest dark of the night.


eatme_delicious said...

At my old job we had this apple caramel bar with a shortbread like crust - so good! This reminds me of it. I'm not a huge apple pie fan but in bar form I like it a lot better!

Anonymous said...

hahah funny post -- i can relate, i still dream of those terrible square lunchroom pizzas that i loved so much!!

this pudding/bar/crumble looks awesome too nom nom nom

Maria♥ said...

Wow these look really delicious and I'd love to try these soon!


Anonymous said...

I love school apple crumble! It's one of my favourite cheap, easy to make desserts along with the custard! Does anyone have the recipe for those yummy mint slices? I miss primary/high school :P