Today was one of those in between sort of days. Spring is knocking on the door, everywhere I look wildflowers are blooming but winter is still so reluctant to leave. And in Cape Town that means four season in one day, ultimately ending with the season of winter. The wind is howling, clouds so heavy they have draped themselves over the mountains while heavy rain drops run down my windows.
It’s a lazy Sunday, and all this chillyness calls for something warm and delicious. The kind of something I can nibble on while I hibernate under a pile of blankets and zone out on series.
It’s the ultimate yummy dish for one, yet still healthy because hey! Summer is around the corner.
Apple & Orange Crumble
1 tablespoon butter (coconut oil for vegan alternative.)
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons brown sugar
2 Apples – peeled, cored and cubed
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 teaspoon raisins (optional)
¼ cup gluten free rolled oats
¼ cup coconut flour
1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
1 teaspoon honey (or brown sugar)
- In a small saucepan melt the butter. Once butter is melted and starting to bubble add the cinnamon, ginger and sugar. Give it a stir until nicely combined. This process brings out the the flavours of the spices.
- Now add the apples, raisins, orange zest and orange juice. Stir well. Turn the heat down to a low simmer, put the lid on your saucepan and stew the apples until delicious and tender. About 10 minutes.
- Stir occasionally and if the juice is reducing too fast, just add a touch of water.
- Once your apples are tender and sauce has slightly thickened, remove from the heat and set aside.
- Preheat oven to 200’C
- Now it’s time to prepare the crumble. In a bowl add the rolled oat, coconut flour, coconut oil and honey. Mix until the liquid ingredients have gently coated all the dry ingredients to form a delicious crumb.
- Scoop you apple mixture into a Jar, mug or ramekin. Top with the crumble, put as little or as much as you like! If you want to be a little extra decedent dust the top of the crumble with brown sugar and cinnamon.
- Now its time to bake. Pop your crumble in the oven and bake for around 20 minutes, or until the top is golden and the juices are bubbling around the edge of your dish and not to mention your kitchen with be filled with the aroma of warm spices.
- Remove your dessert from the oven, allow just a few minutes for it to go from piping hot to deliciously warm and comforting.
Enjoy! And remember there is sweetness in doing nothing. “Dulce far niente.”