Sunday, February 15, 2009

Apple Crumble with Custard Sauce

I made this pudding (dessert) a few weeks ago, but as I am only eating soups at the mo, I thought I’d post it now. As you have all probably realized by now, I eat very little sweet stuff, which is perhaps as well considering my present dental predicament, but apple crumble (I also love this made with rhubarb) is one of my favorite puds, surpassed only by jam roly poly. In England, both these puddings would be called "nursery food," as only children, and adults who have never grown up, enjoy them. :-)

I have included a recipe for custard sauce, which I have made before, but on this occasion I cheated and used a pack of Bird’s instant custard. The homemade stuff is much better, although I do like Bird’s custard powder, if I can get hold of it. You can also serve it with fresh cream or vanilla ice cream if you prefer.

Apple Crumble


3-4 apples, I used Granny Smith’s
1 tablespoon sugar
Juice of ½ a lemon
1½ cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup sugar, I used ½ a cup as I don’t like it too sweet
¾ cup butter, softened

  • Pre-heat oven to 400°F.
  • Grease a 9 x 11-inch baking dish with butter. Peel, halve, core apples and cut into wedges. As each apple is cut up, layer in baking dish and sprinkle with a little lemon juice to prevent browning. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of sugar over apples, you can also add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon at this stage, if you like the stuff.
  • In a large bowl, mix together flour and sugar, then rub in butter using tips of fingers until mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  • Add crumble mixture to dish, and bake for 30 – 40 minutes, until top is golden brown.

Custard Sauce


2 cups milk
3 eggs
3 teaspoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • In a medium bowl, mix cornstarch with a little water to form a smooth paste. Add eggs, 4 tablespoon of the milk, and whisk together until smooth.
  • Put remaining milk in a medium saucepan and heat to just below boiling point. Pour hot milk into bowl with egg, cornstarch, milk mixture, and whisk together.
  • Return custard to pan and heat gently over a medium low heat, whisking constantly until thickened. Stir in vanilla extract.

Serve hot over apple crumble.

Look what my Sweetie Pie got me for Valentine's Day.


Sara said...

Beautiful flowers! That apple crumble looks amazing.

Cheryl said...

That is making my mouth water! I hope you are back to solid food soon! Happy Valentines DAy!

Pam said...

Love your purple flowers - they are lovely.

The custard sauce is making me drool. I really want a bowl of this crumble right now!

Beth said...

This is pure comfort food. (BTW I forgot about the bacon in my post)

Maria said...

Apple crumble with custard...holy yum! The flowers are really pretty! Glad you had a nice V-day!

Jason said...

Oh yum! I love apple crisp. I never thought about adding a custard sauce to it, sounds amazing.

Paula said...

Your valentine did a wonderful job with those flowers! This crumble and custard look so very, very good. I especially like custard, and would want an extra spoonful or two or three or four of it. I've never heard of that powder you mentioned. I would really, really like a serving of this right now for breakfast! :-)

The Blonde Duck said...

That looks fabulous! I love apple crumbles!!

Donna-FFW said...

This looks wonderful. Love your flowers. I have to try this, especially love the custard sauce.

Lynda said...

Apple Crumble with custard sauce looks so good! I love any type of apple desserts!

Paula said...

Just checking back in to see how the, uh, liquid diet is going. Hope all is well.

Mediterranean kiwi said...

crumbles and custard bring back great memories of my time in new zealand. neither are very common among the community where i lvie now, but crumbles remain my favorite pudding

Jan said...

Hi Paula, thanks for checking on me. My liquid diet is now over, and I am onto soft foods now, hurray! I never thought I'd be so pleased to see mashed potatoes. :-)

Kevin said...

That looks so good! I will have to try my next apple crumble with custard rather than ice cream.

Marjie said...

(raising my hand as an adult who loves nursery desserts) Those irises are beautiful, as is the apple crumble!

Lynda said...

Jan, thanks for stopping by my blog today! We live in SW Missouri, close to Joplin.I just found your blog this week and I appreciate your comment! Sorry that one got lost. I like cooking simple to prepare meals, so I don't mind not having access to some of the more exotic foods. I be back often!

Jan said...

I like your flowers Jan! The crumble and custard looks really yummy.

Cheryl said...

Hey peach I have an award for you at my place!

Denise said...

I always seem to be slow catching up but I am glad to have caught up to this delicious recipe you've posted. Looks extremeley delicious. Thanks for the share.
That's a lovely bouguet your sweetie gave you.

Sophie said...

MMMMM..I am a sucker for good apple crumble with home made custard!!! Crumble with custard is my favourite dessert!!! Yurs looks divine!!!