To cut a long story short and, in an attempt to succinctly explain an otherwise laborious discourse, I have been overwhelmed by government food parcels ever since I signed up as being a vulnerable person and began receiving emergency food parcels during my isolation in lockdown. Don’t get me wrong, I am grateful that our government undertook such a policy to protect our society’s most vulnerable people and decided to feed them for free, but as the quantity has now exceeded my storage capacity and, as our supermarkets have now stepped up to the plate and reserved online delivery slots for people like me, I have cancelled the free food parcels before my kitchen is taken over by food stuff and leaves little room for yours truly!
Apples! Apples! Apples!
I have been literally inundated with apples – more than I could ever eat before they begin to spoil. I fancied the idea of making apple crumble but because of the flour shortage due to panic buying and home cooking hobbyists during lockdown, I couldn’t get any. However, that changed last week when I was able to buy some plain flour – albeit the most expensive kind because that’s all I could get. So I fired up my oven and got cooking to try and reduce my apple mountain (slight exaggeration).
I call this ‘Lockdown Crumble.’
After a bit of experimenting and adjustments, I found a recipe I liked.
1LB Apples peeled, cored and cut into small pieces.
10oz Plain Flour.
2oz Brown Sugar for the crumble mixture.
6oz Brown Sugar for the Apple Mixture.
Teaspoon of Cinnamon.
In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, salt, and rub in the butter until the mixture resembles bread crumbs.
Combine the apples, sugar, cinnamon in a separate bowl and mix well.
Place the apple mixture in a greased oven-proof dish and spread the crumble mixture on the top. Firmly press the crumble mixture down then lightly rake over with a fork to loosen the top.
Bake in the oven at gas mark 4 – 180C for 45 minutes or longer – depending on the type of oven used, or until the topping has turned a light brown. Serve with fresh cream or custard.