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Apple and Custard Crumble

by Lizzie Kamenetzky from The Great British Bake Off: Winter Kitchen

Combine apples and custard with a traditional topping for a clever twist on a British classic. A perfect dessert or tea-time treat from The Great British Bake Off: Winter Kitchen cookbook.

From the book


Everyone loves a good crumble with lashings of thick custard, so why not combine the two? Having the custard inside the crumble adds a completely new dimension – tender chunks of tart apple encased in a rich custard blanket with a crumbly topping.

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30g golden caster sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp teaspoon ground ginger
finely grated zest of 1 lemon
175ml full-fat milk
150ml double cream
2 large egg yolks
2 tsp cornflour
50g golden caster sugar
freshly grated nutmeg
4 cloves
3 large Bramley apples, peeled, cored and cut into wedges
a squeeze of lemon juice
50g light soft brown sugar
For the crumble:
250g plain flour
200g cold unsalted butter, diced
30g demerara sugar

Essential kit

You will need: a 1.2 litre ovenproof dish.


First make the crumble. Put the flour in a large mixing bowl and rub in the butter with your fingertips to make a coarse crumbly mixture. Stir in both the sugars, the spices and lemon zest.

Heat the milk and cream in a saucepan until almost boiling. Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks with the cornflour and caster sugar in a heatproof bowl. Pour the hot creamy milk over the egg yolks and whisk together. Return to the washed-out pan and cook over a low heat, stirring constantly, until the custard is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon. Stir in a good grating of nutmeg and the cloves, then pour into a jug.

Heat the oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4. Mix together the apples, lemon juice and brown sugar and tumble into a 1.2 litre ovenproof dish. Pour the custard over the apples and give the dish a wiggle to make sure the custard settles to the bottom. Scatter the crumble mixture evenly over the top. Place in the heated oven and bake for about 50 minutes until the crumble is golden brown and the custard has set. Serve hot.


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