Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Autumn - simple apple crumble

As soon as it hit September the temperature dropped and it suddenly got very chilly. Autumn has definitely arrived. The last couple of days seem to be clinging on to the last remnants of summer but the autumn fruit are already out.

We have an apple tree growing in our garden. Usually, we don't take advantage of it enough, but this year I am determined to find more recipes that will use the apples that we have on hand.

I went picking apples from some of the lower branches with my nieces and we ended up with the tin of apples above. I decided to use them to make the most delicious, but simple dish; apple crumble!

It is ridiculously easy to make and only has 4 ingredients. And did I mention how delicious it is?

You will need: 150g Plain flour, 100g granulated sugar, 75g butter and about 3/4 cooking apples. That's all!

-1- Peel and core the apples and  then chop them up into cubes. Add them to a pan on medium heat with 2tbsp of water and 50g of the sugar. It will be done when the apples are all mushy. Add them to an ovenproof dish.
-2- Add the flour, butter and remaining sugar to a mixing bowl. rub in the ingredients to make a breadcrumb-like texture. It should look like -3-
-4- Add the topping over the layer of apples. Place in an oven preheated at 180°C/gas mark 4 for 30 minutes.

And then you're done.

It's a recipe that's also easily customisable. Next time I plan to use brown sugar and add bit of cinnamon to the apples. I hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, 17 September 2013


I haven't been on a holiday in so long, so I decided to take a few days off and fly to Stockholm. After the extra stresses of work it was great to spend some time relaxing and taking in some beautiful sights.

The city is absolutely gorgeous. It's so clean and fresh! The buildings were all colourful which is something that isn't generally seen in Britain. The architecture is amazing. I really did fall in love with the city.

I spent all my time doing very touristy things, including visiting lots of museums and having guided tours on a boat.

However the best of the guided tours was the free tour of Stockholm. It was a really funny tour which gave a great view of the city and it's history.

The best museum was the Vasa Museum. The entire museum is a shipwreck, The Vasa sank before it'd even started it's maiden voyage in the 17th Century. It's amazing how intact it was.

I had a fantastic time in Stockholm walking around the old town and seeing the animals at the The Open-Air Museum. It's definitely a place that should be visited, and maybe one day I'll go again.



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