When there are just two of you living in a house, dessert isn't something you make very often. At least that is the way it works for me. It usually doesn't all get eaten and if I haven't been able to give it away, then it gets thrown out. So normally I only do dessert when we have company.
I had some bramley cooking apples that someone had given us that I wanted to use and I found this crumble recipe on the BBC food page, which looked good, but it made far too much. I liked the premise of a crumble using sultanas and dates though, so I kept those and added Calvados instead of rum, because I always have Calvados in my larder, but never rum.
I also cut the quanitities down by a half more or less and added my own version of a crumble topping as I really like mine, but am not overly fond of the one that most desserts use over here. I'm sorry, you can take the North American out of North America, but not the North America out of the North American! There will always be some things I think we do better.
The end result was a perfectly sized crumble for two people. A bit of indulgence, without having all of those leftovers to tempt you into digging in again and again . . .
Because dates and sultanas are naturally sweet, you don't need to use as much sugar as you normally would in a crumble filling, and their caramel like sweetness goes very well with the tartness of the Bramley apples.
Bramley apples break down so nicely in crumbles I think. Fluffy and tart. I like that. The topping of course it's crowning glory. Enjoy! (OF course if there are more than two of you, the recipe can easily be increased !)
*Toffee Apple Crumble for Two*Serves two generously
but can be easily multiplied to serve more
A tasty two person sized crumble filled with lots of apple, sultanas, and dates. Reminiscent of a sticky toffee pudding in a way, but extra fruity and with a moreishly buttery crisp topping!
cut into thin slices
2 TBS flaked almonds
pinch saltPlace the sultanas, dates, sugar, calvados, butter and mixed spice into a bowl. Stir and then heat in the microwave for about a minute and a half until the butter is melted and the sugar is syrupy. Toss in the apple slices and lemon juice. Spread into a small (about 4 cup) buttered casserole dish, taking care that the dried fruit is scattered throughout the apples.
Serve warm with ice cream, custard or pouring cream.