Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Five Recipes: Apple Crumble

If you've read The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts, you'll know about Maddie's idea to host speed dating nights with a difference - the difference being the addition of a dessert to accompany each date.

Last week, I posted a series of short stories centring around Natalie and her experience of the speed-dating-with-a-difference night, and this week I'll be sharing the recipes of the desserts she enjoyed.

All the desserts mentioned were part of The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts, and today's recipe is Birdie's favourite: Apple Crumble!

Apple Crumble
For the base:
Peel and core the apples. I use Granny Smith, but you can use whichever you prefer. Chop into small chunks.
Pop the apple chunks into a bowl and add the demerara sugar and give them a little mix.
Empty the mixture into a pie dish and press down.
For the crumble:
Pre-heat the oven to 200C
Cut the butter into cubes, making sure the butter is cold and not room temperature.
Sieve the flour into a bowl and add the butter cubes, caster sugar and dark muscovado sugar. Rub the butter, flour and sugars until it starts to resemble a crumble.
Top the apple layer with the crumble and bake for 40-45 minutes.
Remove from the oven and serve with custard (I prefer cold custard, but I suppose warm will do too).

You can find all the recipes here

 About The Book

From fairy cakes to first dates!

Maddie Lamington’s dreams are crumbling around her. If she doesn’t come up with a plan to save her little teashop on Sweet Street soon, it might be too late…

So when she sees how the perfect apple crumble brings together her lonely father and faithful customer Birdie, inspiration strikes: she’ll set up a dating night involving all her sweetest bakes.

Luckily, seriously gorgeous Caleb is on hand to help sprinkle a little magic – and a lot of sugar! Could one night of scrumptious first dates fix Maddie’s heartbreak and save her beloved teashop, too?

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