Kiran Chug and Musings on motherhood
At the back of the garden where I grew up are two large apple trees. The smaller of the two bears crisp green apples every second year, while the larger of the two hangs heavy with cooking apples. It belongs to a neighbour, but its branches hang over the fence laden with large blushed apples. Mum always used to make crumble with these, and we’d look forward to it coming out of the oven to be served up warm with ice cream.
Last weekend, we put the little mister to work with his dad to recreate the the dish. He doesn’t really like his food, and our mealtimes are a battle – so we thought getting him involved with the process of making a crumble from scratch might make him more interested in eating.
We got out the ladder, but watching his father pick the best apples was almost too much to bear. Milin needed to climb the ladder himself. He’s fearless, completely unafraid of heights, and pretty quick at climbing a ladder, we learnt.
Once the apples were collected up, he helped cut up the butter while his dad chopped and sliced the apples. He also had great fun mixing the crumble mixture together. We used 250g of plain flour, 175g of brown sugar, 200g of butter, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, and about a cup of rolled oats. Milin also helped me grease the baking dish.
We softened the apples up first in a pan with a bit of water before assembling the crumble and putting it into the oven for about 40 minutes on gas mark 6. We also had lots of crumble mixture left over which we froze to use for a second dish. We’ll be adding fresh rhubarb to the apple mixture for that one.
Our crumble was delicious. It didn’t last long at our place, and once again, I had mine hot with vanilla ice cream. For a few days, I was in home-made dessert heaven. The poor little mister, however, was even more off his food than normal thanks to a tummy bug. We’ll have to make it again and see if we can convince him to try it. He definitely loved the experience though, and when he got some pots and pans out of a kitchen cupboard this week, I asked him what he was going to make. “Apple crumble” he told me. Looks like we’ll be using up that frozen crumble mix soon then.