Apple Cranberry Crumble

Now a days, it is hard to keep up with science.

Cut Apples

Especially, when it comes to making healthy choices, regarding sugar consumption.

Apple-Cranberry-filling

 

We are all bombarded with statements like “Sugar is toxic”, “Sugar is the new drug”, “Quit eating Sugar” every single day.

Though I admit, I did believe the dogma that these statements convey for a long while, but recently I have come to the conclusion that completely eliminating sugar from your diet may not be a good decision either.

Apple-Cranberry-Crumble

What about those who want to add just a pinch of sugar to their morning coffee or tea?

Apple-Cranberry-Crumble

It is not just sugar, but lot of other things (read: even water) when consumed in excess can have adverse effects on our body. That does not mean we should stop drinking water.

Apple-Cranberry-Crumble

The answer to all, in my opinion is MODERATION. Sugar when consumed in moderate quantities by healthy people should not be harmful.

Apple-Cranberry-Crumble

After convincing myself with the above analysis, I baked some delicious Apple Cranberry crumble topped with oats and little demerara  sugar.

 

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Bake Time: 15-20 minutes
Served: Room Temperature

 

INGREDIENTS:
3 Medium - Large Apples (core removed cut into small chunks)
½ cup dried cranberries
1/4 tsp salt
50 gm unsalted butter (Chilled)
4 Tbsp Icing Sugar/Caster Sugar
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
Zest of 1 small lemon
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Crumble Topping:
 4 Tbsp All-purpose flour
 4 Tbsp Demerara sugar
 1 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon
 2 Tbsp Granola/Muesli/Rolled Oats
 Pinch of Cinnamon
 1Tbsp Crushed Walnuts (optional)

Method:

  • Pre-Heat oven to 200 degrees Celsius or 425 degree Fahrenheit and butter your baking dish/casserole and set it aside.
  • In a pan, on medium heat add 3 tablespoons of caster sugar, cinnamon and vanilla to make a light caramel. It is a good idea to swirl the dish instead of stirring it so that it does not disturb the texture of the caramel.
  • When the sugar turns brown add in the cut apples and give it a good mix. After you see the apples disintegrating turn the heat to low and add ¼ teaspoon salt.
  • To this, add dried cranberries and zest of one lemon as they give nice tartness to the dish. Squeeze in fresh lemon juice to give it an extra acidic kick.
  • Turn the gas off and set the apple-cranberry mixture aside.
  • Crumble topping: In a mixing bowl, add in the flour, pinch of cinnamon, demerara sugar and butter and use your hands to get a fine crumble mix. Add in 2 tablespoons of Granola/ Muesli/ Rolled Oats whatever you have at hand into the crumbled mix. You could also add in some crushed walnuts at this point. (optional)
  • Spread the apple-cranberry mixture in the baking dish (to the bottom) and top it off with the crumble mixture.
  • Bake this for about 15 – 20  minutes (Keep checking every ten minutes) until the topping is slightly golden brown and the caramel starts bubbling. Let it cool slightly before serving.Apple-Cranberry-Crumble Enjoy this delicious and simple apple cranberry crumble with your friends and family!

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