Christmas is only 2 weeks away and I still haven’t started organizing my Christmas presents yet! This year, I am thinking of making some DIY Christmas food gifts. For example: healthy granola cookies, raw truffle etc. (see my Halloween spider truffle, you can certainly make them a Christmas gift – minus the legs of course!).
Today though, we are making a dessert – gluten free Apple Crumble – perfect for Christmas parties! (And one less thing to think about!) The crumble topping is not the typical floury one, it is gluten free, made of rice flour, oats and almond meal. So everyone can fully enjoy this recipe, especially those who are allergic to gluten. I know what you are thinking, but trust me, it is really tasty, I made this the other day for a Thanksgiving party, and I received many compliments, and most of the people were surprised that it is actually gluten free!
Notes: I cook the apples and crumble separately; you can make the crumble ahead of time; just bake them on their own and let them cool down when cooked, then store in an airtight container. After cooking the apples, just sprinkle the crumble on top when served. You can even add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top – just heavenly! – or sprinkle them on ice cream or yogurt – delicious! Any left over crumble can be stored in an airtight container for a couple of days.
(serves 6-8 with left over crumble)
For the apples:
- 6 cooking apples (I use Granny Smith because of the sourness or other type with a bit of a tarty taste), peeled, sliced
- 2 level-tablespoon of castor sugar, plus more to taste
- 1 tsp. of ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp. of ground ginger
- 2 tbsp. of orange juice or water, plus more if needed
For the crumble:
- 100 brown rice flour (but you can use white rice flour)
50g gluten free oats
- 50g almond meal (ground almond)
- 80g castor sugar
- 1 scant tsp. ground ginger
- 100g unsalted cold butter, diced
To make the crumble: preheat the oven at 180 degree Celsius. In a large mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients apart from the butter and mix well. Then add the diced butter, use you hands, rub the butter in the flour mixture until you get a breadcrumbs like texture, it is ok if you have some bigger lumps but make sure all butter is incorporated nicely in the flour mixture. Tip the mixture in a baking dish and bake in the oven for about 25 minutes (or until it takes on a nice brown color). Turn off the oven, take the tray out, stir once and then quickly put the tray back into the oven for another 5 minutes with the residue heat. Remove the crumble from the oven and cool if made ahead, or keep it warm by covering them with a piece of foil (pierce some small holes with a sharp knife, so the crumbles won’t get soggy in the steam) for immediate serving.
To cook the apples: place a large saucepan with all the ingredients on high heat. Once it starts to boil, turn down the heat to medium and let the apples cook for about 15-20 minutes or until tender (but not mash!). Stir occasionally to prevent burning, add a little bit water if it gets too dry. Now have a taste, if it is too sour, sprinkle in a bit more sugar, but bear in mind the taste of the apple should be a bit on the sour side to give a contrast to the sweet crumble.
Serves the apples in bowls while still hot, and sprinkle generously with the crumble. Top with a scoop of ice cream if desired!