Crumble is delicious in its purest form so I always think it seems a sin to add anything else to it, however....
I'm a fan of a deep gooey crumble - a greater ratio of crumble to fruit. The gooeyness, which comes from the melting sugar and butter I've discovered can be even better if you crush our Toffee Apple Brilliant Biscuits and add to the crumble. Adding large and small chunks of biscuit adds an additional crunch and a seasonal toffee apple flavour to the crumbly topping.
Serves approx. 6
5 Cooking Apples
1 bottle (250ml) Makers & Merchants Mulled Cider Syrup
260g Plain Flour
200g Butter - cold and diced
200g Caster Sugar
1 pack of Makers & Merchants Toffee Apple Brilliant Biscuits - crushed into large and small pieces
Turn the oven to 180 C / 350 F / Gas Mark 4
Peel and core the apples and chop into large chunks and add to a heavy bottomed pan. Pour a bottle of Makers & Merchants Mulled Cider Syrup (and the cinnamon stick) over the apples and stir to make sure all the apple pieces are coated with the syrup. Simmer for approx 5 minutes or until the apples begin to soften but still hold their shape. Remove the cinnamon stick.
Transfer to a baking dish large enough to hold the apples in a tight single layer and leave to cool slightly.
Sift the flour into a large bowl and add the butter. Lightly rub the butter into the flour reaching the consistency of coarse sand. Stir in the sugar and the crumbled biscuits.
Scatter over the top of the apples making sure some large bits of biscuit are visible on top.
Bake in the oven for 25 - 30 minutes.