Last year for St. George's Day, we were asked What's for Pud? - this year Sam sent us on a far more earnest quest to show that English food isn't a joke.
You've got to love a nation that turns having a cup of tea into a fine art, a cuisine that's resplendent in lard and dripping and real butter and not to mention clotted cream. A cuisine that turns stale bread into heavenly bread and butter pudding or can turn simple cake and jelly into the Trifle of your dreams - this is a cuisine to be saluted.
As it's supposed to be Autumn here and the nights are getting cooler, there is a quintessentially English dessert that we swear by - served with a dollop of double cream and still warm from the oven, you just can't beat Apple Crumble.
As Paalo is the resident Englishman he is quite strict on his crumble criteria and does insist of a most generous layer of crumble so do bear that in mind with this recipe - you can always add more apples ;)
8 medium sized Granny Smith apples
2 tablespoons soft brown sugar
4 tablespoons golden syrup
juice of half a lemon
220 grams self-raising flour
75 grams shredded coconut
100 grams rolled oats
200 grams soft brown sugar
200 grams butter, melted
Prepare the apples:
Peel and quarter the apples, cutting out the core and cutting into thick slices. Toss them through the lemon juice to stop them from discolouring.
Place the soft brown sugar, golden syrup and apple mix into a saucepan. Cover, and cook on a low heat until the apples have just softened.
Spoon this mixture into a shallow baking/casserole dish.
Prepare the crumble:
In a large bowl, add the flour, coconut, rolled oats and brown sugar. Stir this to ensure it's well combined. Make a well in the centre and pour in the melted butter. Continue stirring until it's been absorbed and all the ingredients are moistened.
Take handfuls and sprinkle over the apples to form a level topping.
Bake in a preheated 180°C/350°F oven for about 30-45 minutes or until golden brown.
You can eat it hot from the oven, warm or even cold - better yet, try all the ways and find out which way you enjoy the most!
Looking inside you'll see those lovely apple juices, some of which will have bubbled up over the sides and the crumble that is wonderfully crisp yet chewy, it's depth giving you a greater level of textures and experiences.
To fully indulge in the experience, a generous blob of double or clotted cream is a must! One bite and you'll no longer be joking about English food.
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