Neils Recipes! forum: Apple Crumble!

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ImageNEILMUIR1
Feb 20, 2010 6:14 AM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Apple Crumble my way!
Here is a good simple way to make it.
I do not know what apples you can get in the US, but we use Bramley cooking apples as they are sharp in taste, but with sugar are wonderful.
You can use eating apples, but then you must cut down on the sugar as it will make them too sweet.
You will need:
1-1 and a half pounds of peeled and cored apples cut into large cubes. Either cooking 2 -3 tbsp caster sugar or eating apples 1 tbsp of caster sugar or to taste.
Place the apples in a pan with about 4-5 tablespoons of water and the sugar.
This is optional but you can add some cinnamon about 3/4-1 tsp.
Cook covered for about 10 minutes, but stir now and again to make sure it does not stick. don't overcook it, just till it is soft.
For the crumble topping you will need:
8oz of plain flour, white or wholemeal.
4oz of unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small cubes.
3oz of brown sugar or to taste, 2oz for the mix 1oz for the top.
Add the flour, butter and 2oz of sugar if you want it, into a bowl.
Then with your fingers, simple crumble the flour into the butter and sugar, don't use an Electronic whirligig machine, it is a fingers only job.
Don't do it to much, just enough to make a crumble mix. Some people add 1 oz oats, it is up to you, but if you do that add the sugar and oats last and just combine.
Then put the cooked apples in a 1and 3/4 pint pie dish and cover with the topping. Sprinkle the last of the brown sugar evenly over the top.
Bake in a preheated oven at 180℃-350℉-Gas mark 4 for 30-45 minutes until golden brown.
Serve with English Custard.
Regards.
Neil.
p.s for custard see below!

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Imagecececoogan
Feb 27, 2010 12:07 PM CST
Name: Cherie (Cece) Coogan
Southeastern WI zone 5a
sounds like the apple crunch my Grams used to make only instead of using her fingers for the crumble topping she used two forks. A pastry blender thingy works well too.
the faster I go, the behinder I get
ImageNEILMUIR1
Feb 27, 2010 12:15 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear Cherie, some questions for you! What is a pastry blender? Why use two forks? Then what is the cooks most important tool in a kitchen?
Kindest Regards.
Neil.
Imagecececoogan
Feb 27, 2010 12:30 PM CST
Name: Cherie (Cece) Coogan
Southeastern WI zone 5a
The cook!
the faster I go, the behinder I get
ImageNEILMUIR1
Feb 27, 2010 1:37 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear Cherie, when I went to college I was asked the same question by the tutor! So I stupidly aid the oven, he went berserk at me.
He told me in no uncertain terms, that the most important thing in a kitchen for a cook is their hands! For if you are using an Electronic whirligig machine, there is no way you can tell the texture of something, for no matter how clever the Electric device is, it cannot tell that for you. So with a crumble, the texture of the topping is important as if it is too fine (Electronic things), it simply will not work correctly!
But by doing it by hand, you can feel it and get exactly what texture you so wish!
There is a saying in the UK amongst cooks; that if you cannot make a proper crumble, your passport should be confiscated, and you should locked in the Tower of London, to await your sentence!
I hasten to add not many people after going through "Traitors Gate," at the Tower of London. have ever come out alive, that was of course in days gone by, not NOW!
I will not go into English law about the punishment for a cook poisoning someone with bad food!
Kindest Regards.
Neil.


Imagecececoogan
Feb 27, 2010 2:01 PM CST
Name: Cherie (Cece) Coogan
Southeastern WI zone 5a
ah but Neil what good are the hand if the cook doesn't know what he/she/s doing?
the faster I go, the behinder I get
ImageNEILMUIR1
Feb 27, 2010 3:12 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear Cherie, anyone can cook! It is a simple matter of basic common sense, for it is up to you what you cook, not for others to judge!
Most people who say they can't cook, really do not want to cook; it is like hard work to them, or they simply get a "Take Away", I think you call it fast food, as it easier and they simply do not have to bother with anything at all!
It is also extremely unhealthy to eat that junk food as I call it!
I can cook very nice dishes on the odd occasion someone comes round, who indeed would expect such a meal. But there are two of us and most of the time my nephew, who I hasten to add will not eat rubbish food, and I or indeed his mother would not allow it!
If he wants a burger we make it together, so we both know what went in it, do you know exactly what went in store bought food? For I do over here and I would not touch the stuff.
If he wants a Burger bun he makes it, and I do the oven bit as it is not right that a seven year old, goes near a hot oven!
Then of course he wants mayonnaise so I drizzle the oil in and he does the rest.
Tomato ketchup we make as the store bought stuff is full of pure sugar, he already is very active so I don't want him bouncing off the walls with a sugar rush!
If you put your mind to anything you can do it, it is called the "Human Spirit."
Regards and the meringue is on its way!
Neil.
p.s the Landlord sold me a cheap old beer barrel, so I got all technical and cut it in half with a chainsaw! Then shopping around I got an old Victorian pump for it, and made a water feature to keep my tree ferns damp! Unfortunately Sarah's silly cat had a better idea and drinks out of it as the water is very pure here!
Maybe if she is a beer cat I should send her over to where you live, and stick her in a brewery,







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Imagecececoogan
Feb 27, 2010 6:39 PM CST
Name: Cherie (Cece) Coogan
Southeastern WI zone 5a
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing is all I can say.. Smart cat!
the faster I go, the behinder I get
ImageHappy_1
Mar 29, 2010 2:29 PM CST
Name: Nancy or \"Hap\"
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
I would love to hear all about the punishment of the chefs, Neil.

We can go to our city's website and find the health inspections for all restaurants. We even have a TV program called, "Dirty Dining" where they feature filthy restaurants. In some areas they even post the health department's rating on the door. I say good for them. If they can't clean, they shouldn't be open! (I was not always the popular one in my kitchens, but they were clean.)

Nancy
What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail? ~~Dr. Robert Schuller
ImageNEILMUIR1
Mar 29, 2010 4:23 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear Nancy, many years ago I got a three months contract in a London Tourist Site when at University! This place is the History of Torture in the the UK, which was never legal, it was done by the Aristocracy to amuse themselves. Although I used to go in the Dungeon once a week to see my Boss, I spent most of my time researching in the British Museum library!
There are many laws in the UK that have never been repealed or taken out of the statue books.
The reason they wanted me over my summer break was they had built a new display of King Henry VIII and someone had complained that he had potato's on his plate, which was not correct. Potato's came in with Queen Elizabeth I, via Sir Francis Drake long after King Henry VIII was dead. So they had to get things right, in the Historical sense. They wanted a display with wax dummies of another torture that was still law! So I found one for them. King Henry VIII was in London and a cook gave him some food that was off and he was ill. Being the sort of King he was, I hear he was not best pleased. So as Smithfield Market was the main place of Execution, to punish the cook he made it law that the cook was to be boiled alive in the market. Which he duly was, much to the amusement of the crowd, or so it is written in the 1500s.
So the law still stands; that any cook who poisons anyone by fowl food is to be boiled alive in Smithfield Market!
The Dungeon had an huge pot made with a glowing fire and the cook slowly going red in it, and the Executioners people pushing him down into the boiling water! Although evidently they put the poor cook in cold water and brought it to the simmer, then the boil!
If they still used that law, I cannot imagine the queue of "Take Away" or "Fast Food" cooks awaiting their fate!
Regards.
Neil.
murielw1
Mar 30, 2010 11:40 AM CST

Hello Neil,
I love apple Crumble, I add 1oz porridge oats to my crumble mix, goes nice and crunchy.
Mum2
ImageNEILMUIR1
Mar 30, 2010 11:56 AM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Yes it is nice with oats as well!
Regards.
Neil.
murielw1
May 1, 2010 11:32 AM CST

Hi Neil

Apples to use up, bought some eaters no flavour to the, so into a dish they go tomorrow for a crumble and custard.
Muriel. Mum2.
murielw1
May 13, 2010 11:46 AM CST
Hi Neil, the Crumble was tasty last week-end, this week-end, as I have Rhubarb in the garden, it will be Rhubarb and Ginger Crumble and custard.
Muriel
ImageCajuninKy
Mar 12, 2014 11:03 PM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
My Momma made this a lot and called it Apple crunch. She served it with evaporated milk poured over the top. Mmm
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