Apple and strawberry crumble pudding with homemade custard
Sweet, spicy apples and strawberries marry well in a nutty crumble - and even nicer with a rich homemade custard
Difficulty: Easy, 1 hour
There is nothing more comforting in winter than a warm apple crumble. Strawberries add a delicious berry dimension, and slivered almonds add extra crunch to the topping.
It's worth going the extra mile to make the vanilla bean crème anglaise which finishes it off perfectly. You can use frozen strawberries, just allow them to thaw first. Cut the apples into whatever size you like, but medium-sized chunks hold their bite.
350g fresh or frozen strawberries
6 apples (Pink Lady or Golden Delicious), peeled, cored and cut into chunks
10ml (2 tsp) ground cinnamon
80ml (1/3 cup) golden caster sugar or regular caster sugar
120g (½ cup) butter
120g (1 cup) flour
120g (½ cup) golden caster sugar
50-80g raw sliced almonds
3 free-range egg yolks
250ml (1 cup) milk
250ml (1 cup) fresh cream
Seeds scraped from 1 fresh vanilla pod
1) Preheat the oven to 180°C. Mix all the filling ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
2) For the topping, combine the butter, flour and caster sugar and mix by hand or in a food processor until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
3) Using your hands, clump the crumbs together to make bigger bits.
4) Spread the apple and strawberry filling in an ovenproof dish and sprinkle the crumble topping evenly over the top.
5) Scatter the almonds over and bake for 35-40 minutes until the pie is bubbling and the top is golden brown. If it is browning too quickly, cover loosely with foil.
6) For the crème anglaise, beat the egg yolks and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
7) Heat the milk, cream and vanilla seeds in a small, heavy-based pot until bubbles form around the edges.
8) Slowly beat about half the warm milk mixture into the egg mixture, then add the rest and mix gently to combine.
9) Pour all this back into the pot and return to the stove over a low heat. Stirring continuously, cook until you have a custard thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
10) Pour over the crumble or serve on the side.