This recipe is one of those 'what have we got in the cupboards?' dishes. Last night I remembered that there was some stewed apple in the freezer made from the windfall apples from my daughter's garden. Last year I collected a huge bag of them and had a day of washing, chopping and cooking them. After washing, I cut them into quarters and removed the core then sliced them leaving the skin on them as I prefer the texture and taste. I added a little lemon juice, some unbleached sugar and some cinnamon before cooking over a medium heat (with the lid on the pan) until they were soft, but not completely mushy. Then once the apples had cooled completely, I froze them in individual meal size bags (approximately 1lb cooked weight). It took just a few minutes in the microwave to defrost the apple ready to make into a crumble.
Gluten free Apple and Berry Crumble
1lb stewed cooking apples
4oz frozen mixed summer fruit berries
5oz finely ground cornmeal
2 1/2oz unsalted butter
2oz caster sugar
pinch of salt
pinch freshly grated nutmeg
Pre-heat oven to moderately hot, 190C, gas mark 65 170fan, 375F.
Put cornmeal and salt and nutmeg into a bowl, rub in butter to form medium to fine crumbs and mix in sugar.
Cover the base of a flan dish with stewed apple, add frozen berries. Sprinkle the crumb mixture over the top and spread to the edges.
Bake in middle of the oven for 20 -25 minutes or until golden brown.
Leave to stand for 10 minutes before serving.
Can be served hot or cold. Perfect accompaniments include fresh cream, ice cream or custard.