We are in uproar. We have the builders in and there is dust everywhere. There are toys and books secreted in the four corners of the house (many of which I don’t even recognise) and an autumnal grump has descended on the Hobbis Household.
If there’s one thing guaranteed to lift the gloom and put a smile back on everyone’s face, it’s what I call a proper dinner – with a proper pud. And there’s only one that ticks all the boxes – apple crumble and custard.
And, in an attempt to win some brownie points with my offspring, since they consider themselves ‘blogging orphans‘, I have come up with a rather yummy take on their usual dessert.
There are so many different types of apple but one that we’ve not tried much before is the JAZZ™ Apple – a cross between a Braeburn and a Royal Gala. Originally from the orchards of New Zealand, the JAZZ™ Apple is available all year round and grown across Europe, USA, Chile, South American and Australia. They are also grown here in the UK where the apples are widely available from November to the end of April.
Their taste is a mix of sweet and tart and the apples are both crunchy and very juicy – ideal for crumbles – and thanks to their texture, they will easily last for up to and over 4 weeks if you store them in a cool dark place or the fridge.
You can find JAZZ™ Apples in Aldi, Asda, Booths, Co-op, Lidl, Morrisons, M&S, Ocado, Waitrose, Tesco, Sainsburys and good independent green grocers where you’ll recognise them by their distinctive blue sticker.
Here’s my JAZZ™ appley creation which I hope you enjoy as much as we did.
For the base:-
6 JAZZ™ apples, peeled, cored and cut into chunks
6 whole Apricots in juice (stoned)
For the crumble:
100g soft brown sugar
300g porridge oats
300g plain flour
100g milk chocolate drops
250g pack of butter
Cook the apples in a large pan, stirring occasionally – add a splash of water if they start to stick on the bottom. When they are tender and stewed, stir in the sultanas. We did not add extra sugar as JAZZ™ Apples are naturally sweet but you may wish to add a tablespoon or two of caster sugar.
Mix the butter, brown sugar, flour and oats together in a large mixing bowl and rub in with your fingers until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. You could get the kids involved with this bit but make sure they’ve got aprons!
Alternatively, if you want a denser crumble, melt the butter and brown sugar together in a pan with a couple of tablespoons of honey. Add the flour and oats and mix well.
Add in your chocolate drops and mix in well, or sprinkle them on top of the assembled crumble according to taste.
Pour the cooked fruit into a baking tray and cover with the crumble mix To bake, heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 then bake for 40-50 mins until topping is crisp and golden.
If you want your chocolate to melt a little more, simply put the pan under the grill for a few minutes.
Cover your apple crumble in custard or cream and dig in!
You can find out more about JAZZ apples at their new website – https://jazzapple.com/uk/ where you’ll find recipes and competitions to whet your tastebuds and get you creating all sorts of appley delights.
Or connect with them on Twitter: @JazzAppleUK, Instagram: @jazzappleuk or Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/JazzAppleUK.
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