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Apple Crumble
Posted by Tam

It’s winter now, meaning all I feel like doing is eating. I feel that the lack of pie available to me is a sign that I should definitely open a pie shop someday… If there are any pie places around the Johannesburg/Pretoria area, please let me know!

PASTRY (this makes enough for two portions!)

250g flour

125g butter

2 egg yolks

2 tbsp iced water

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp castor sugar


4-5 medium to large apples

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 tbsp all purpose flour

1 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground allspice

1 tsp vanilla extract


1 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp ground allspice

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled


1. Make the pastry and chill for at least 30 minutes before using it.

2. Make the filling by mixing  apples, sugar, flour, spices, salt and vanilla together in large mixing bowl. Let stand for at least 10 minutes. Set aside while dough is rolled out.

3. Make the crumble by whisking all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. Pour the melted butter over flour mixture, and stir until large, moist crumbs form.

4. Preheat oven to 220˙C. Roll out the chilled pie dough to fit your pie dish. Press crust into plate gently. Pour apple mixture into the pie crust and gently spread into an even layer. Sprinkle crumb topping over apple slices, using your fingertips to break up and distribute the crumbs evenly.

5. Bake for 20 minutes at 220˙C. Lower oven temperature to 190˙C and bake for additional 35-40 minutes, until apples are tender and crust is browned. If crumb topping becomes too dark, cover with foil.

6. Allow pie to cool completely before slicing.

This recipe is adapted from Baking Bites. I love this post from Serious Eats on the best apples to use for pie, although I didn’t use any of the variations mentioned.
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One Comment
    Posted by Kelly Ansara

    I am hungry! I have been craving Nachos and Apple Crumble – great minds I say! (Note I am not craving them together). Great post. Off to try at home!


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