♬ 'Lungs' by Florence and The Machine
The cycle back home was tedious. There were a handful of cyclists and drivers who shouted rather hideous comments. By far the best one was from a rather hot looking guy on a fixed gear bike who sped past me and shouted, 'come on girl sort it out!'. He made a good point, I have just got back from yet another heart wrenching boxing session and my legs feel and have the characteristics of jelly. This afternoon it was a different story, I was full of life because I came across two new Iphone apps and my legs were raring to go!
My all time favourite album was put on while I made this gorgeous pudding. I'll try and put my finger on it: 'Lungs' is my back drop, saviour and the only album that can make me feel happy, sad and crap all at the same time. Anyway while Florence is singing, I took the opportunity to try something that I've been pondering for about two months. There is the standard apple crumble, on the other hand I thought why can't the crumble work around the apple? At first I thought this would never work because the apple would get sloshy and the crumble will not stick effectively. This could only be resolved if the apple was not stewed for the same time like in a standard crumble recipe. I figured if I keep the apple in boiling sugary water while making the crumble, this should be enough to save it from browning and get it slightly soft on the outside.
Here is the recipe, a picture frame, and a short video courtesy of Viddy. Honestly without my Iphone and the apps my life would be just as unfortunate as the Wicked Witch of the East. Wow I went a bit link happy for a moment, the reason being you need to know what I ramble on about!
Recipe for one.
1 large Bramley apple
25g soft butter
25g caster sugar and extra for the water.
50g plain flour
Granulated sugar for sprinkling
1 heaped teaspoon of mixed spice
: Preheat oven to 200°c.
: Boil the kettle then pour in a large saucepan, add 2 teaspoons of sugar.
: Core and peel the apple as quick as you can, then immerse in the boiling water and put the lid on.
Working from left to right on the photo method below...
: While the apple is in the water, make your crumble by using your fingertips and rubbing in the butter, sugar and flour until it resembles breadcrumbs.
: I took about 5 minutes rubbing in, try not to take longer than this as the apple could get too soft.
: Scoop the apple out the water and roll in the crumble.
: Use both hands to stick the crumble around every bit of the apple. Even stuff a bit down the core.
: Lay on greaseproof paper, sprinkle granulated sugar on top and bake for 25 minutes.
: Once golden and a few cracks appear it should be done.
: Serve with hot custard, cream or ice cream in the core.
Finally this is my reaction and the finished pudding. Viddy is like a video twitter, so for 15 cute treasured seconds I am talking fast, showing you the finished pudding and excited about gobbling it all up. Find mixitcookit and follow moi, there will be viddies that won't make it on the blog and will show quick meal ideas.
Practice makes perfect, and there will be loads of these Viddies while longer videos are in the process of being edited.
ê 'Dog Days Are Over'