Jamie Oliver is undoubtedly one of my favourite chefs, really! those who swear by Nigella Lawson should go and take a hike, his sheer energy in the kitchen is a delight to watch. Along with that, his ability to make something delicious using ‘a little bit of this and that’ is truly inspiring. This is inspired from a recipe that I saw on his TV show, but I tweaked it to suit my tastes and decided to leave the butter and sugar out. Boy! was I surprised or what!
Apple and pear crumble
2 red apples, cored and chopped into pieces
1 pear, cored and chopped – the original recipe didn’t include this, but since I had one sitting in the fruit basket, I thought – okay, let’s just use the poor fellow!
3/4 cup jaggery
1/4 cup milk
1 tbsp honey
1/2 cup of raisins and sultanas
For the crumble topping:
1/2 cup of whole wheat flour
1/4 cup of oats
1/3 cup of milk
Mix all these three together and use your finger tips to form a cookie crumble like consistency. You can add butter if you like, but I just stuck to milk and it worked fine.
Heat a heavy bottomed pan and add the jaggery to this, allow it to melt on a low flame. Next add the apples and pears, add some milk to prevent it from sticking to the pan. Allow this to simmer and add the raisins next. Keep on the flame till the apples turn almost pulpy.
Take a flat dish (you can even bake in individual bowls if you like) and spread the fruit mixture. Now, on top of this add the crumble topping and spread well. Drizzle some honey on top. Let it rest for 10 mins. Bake in the oven for 10 mins until its golden brown on top. Serve warm with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. It even tastes good as is!