Everyone loves a good crumble, right? I know I do! I have fond memories of my mum baking crumbles, pies and puddings when we were growing up and over the years no matter how decadent or tricky the dish on offer, I always go weak at the knees for a good crumble. I think the key to this dish is the mix of tart fruit with a sweet, nutty and crunchy crumble that is baked til golden brown and served with a heaping spoonful of vanilla ice-cream.
This is no ordinary crumble, I am happy to admit. The apples are cooked in a deliciously fragrant chai tea blend and the crumble itself sweetened with the Honey Lady‘s magnificent Chai Honey which you can get at the Adelaide Showgrounds Farmers Markets every Sunday. If you’re not a fan of chai then by all means leave it out, apple goes wonderfully well with cinnamon so consider adding a half teaspoon of ground cinnamon in its place. If you can’t get your hands on chai honey then use regular honey and mix some ground chai spices in with your flour mix. You could use a spice combination such as this or even some chai syrup.
I tend to go easy on the sugar in my crumbles, in fact aside from a light sprinkling of raw sugar on top of the crumble, there is no sugar used at all. I prefer to sweeten the apples with a little honey and orange juice as I find they take on a much more natural, earthy flavour. Apples are pretty sweet as they are so the added sweetness is really only needed to turn down the tartness a little.
Chai spiced apple crumble
6 apples, cored and skin removed – cut into chunks.
2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
2 tablespoons of Honey
2 tablespoons of orange juice
2 good quality chai tea bags
4 cups water
1/2 cup wholemeal flour
1/4 cup nuts – roasted almonds, macadamias or even peanuts work well, crushed
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup rolled oats or toasted muesli
1 tablespoon of Honey Lady Chai Honey
2 teaspoons of raw sugar
In a large saucepan over medium heat, place apples and 1 tablespoon of butter. Cook for a couple of minutes until butter is melted. Stir through to coat the apples.
Add orange juice, chai, honey and water. Mix well.
Cover the saucepan, turn the heat down to low and cook gently for 30-40 minutes stirring now and then.
Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees.
Remove tea bags from the pot and pour apple mixture into a large ovenproof dish.
In a bowl combine flour, nuts, coconut, rolled oats, honey and 1 tablespoon of butter.
Using your hands mix everything together, rubbing the butter and honey into the flour mix until it resembles breadcrumbs.
Sprinkle crumble mixture over the top of the apples and place in a hot oven. Sprinkle raw sugar over the top.
Bake for 20 minutes or until golden.
Serve with cream or ice-cream.