Rhubarb and apple crumble

03 Dec 2014

Devine.

That's the word that comes to mind when I think of this fruity dessert. I had never had rhubarb growing up. It was always this obscure vegetable that I'd never really heard of/didn't really know what it was. It wasn't until I met Owen that I started to welcome this new flavour into my kitchen. He made this rhubarb crumble for me a couple of years ago and it's seriously delicious. The rhubarb in this recipe is quite strong but mixed with the sweetness of apple and brown sugar gives it a lovely flavour.

I tried to grow my own rhubarb once. Sadly, it died before even sprouting or showing any signs of the actual thing itself. While living in an apartment downtown is very convenient and fun, our only touch of outside is our small balcony meaning I've had to resort this year to keeping a few herbs in pots. I miss my vegetable garden! My mum has a beautiful vegetable garden up at our beach house which is laced with herbs and all good fruits and vegetables. I love visiting them and being able to harvest my own spinach and then wilt it to have with my eggs!

This crumble is served best with something sweet on the side. I prefer mine with a little bit of vanilla ice cream as it allows you to mix the cold with the hot, but it melts very quickly! Some whipped cream may be more your style, or I suppose you could even have this with some plain unsweetened yoghurt. What's your favourite accompaniment with desserts like these?

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Rhubarb and apple crumble

Ingredients

Filling:
10 stalks of rhubarb, cut into pieces
2 apples, peeled, cored and diced
1 tbsp of corn flour
65g of brown sugar
2 tsp of cinnamon
2 cups of water

Crumble:
85g of plain flour
65g of brown sugar
50g of rolled oats
75g of butter, softened
1/2 tsp of salt

Method

Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.

To make the filling mix together brown sugar, cornflour and cinnamon in a bowl. Add apples and toss to combine. Add water and boil for 10 minutes or until apple is soft. Drain water and add rhubarb, mixing to combine. Sprinkle mixture into an oven-proof dish and put aside.

For the crumble, mix the flour, sugar, oats and salt together in a bowl. With your fingers rub in the softened butter until the mixture resembles a breadcrumb like texture. Sprinkle the crumble mixture on top of your apple and rhubarb mix.

Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes or until golden.

Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

This recipe is inspired by Cook Your Dream.

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