It can be an after thought, and just sometimes you probably buy something at the last minute when people are coming over. You don’t have to. You can always be prepared. This apple, passionfruit and rye crumble is the kind of dessert you can have lurking in the cupboard ready…well almost. It will only take you a couple of minutes to whip it up and you’ll have your own house baked warm dessert ready to go.
When you make up this crumble mixture, make double. Crumble keeps for months in the freezer and can be pulled out and crumbled onto any fruit you have you don’t even need to defrost. Add roasted nuts or seeds, exchange the rye flour for plain flour or nut flour or add spices. It can be as simple or as fancy as you like. I used Kialla organic rye flour because I had it and because I love the nutty flavour
Keep a tin of pie apples in your pantry. You know the type, the apple is cooked and sliced and when you need fruit in an emergency for a pie or crumble, there it is. For crumble it can be mixed with fresh or frozen berries, seasonal soft fruits like apricots or peaches and cherries or passionfruit.
When you substitute ingredients remember a crumble is like a giant shortbread broken up. The richer the mixture: sugar and butter, the more luscious the crumble. The less butter and sugar the drier it will be. I am an old school crumble maker- butter and sugar are very important – just dont eat too much
Some flours will produce a different texture. Coconut flour will absorb moisture and not stay as crunchy when cooked and the same goes for coconut oil. If using these be aware. Sugar holds ingredients together and caramelizes in baking. If using a substitute use enough to bind the dry ingredients and make a biscuit like crumble.
I love cream or ice cream to serve with mine but I had neither and so used yoghurt. Plain greek yoghurt sweetened with a little powdered sugar (or not) is nice. I only had a couple of passionfruit to add to my tinned apples for my surprise visitors and it was a very nice combination. Crumble with Rye flour isn’t too sweet and the passionfruit worked beautifully well with both the apples and rye.
Dont forget to put any leftover crumble mix in a container and freeze.
- Oven 350F/180C
- 1x 400gm ( oz) can pie apples
- 2 small passionfruits ( approx ¼ cup)
- 1 Tablespoon caster sugar (granulated)
- 100gm brown sugar (3.5oz)
- 150gm butter (a bit over 5 oz)
- 200gm rye flour (7oz)
- Nuts optional eg hazelnuts or almonds
- Yoghurt or cream to serve and 1 extra passionfruit
- Pour the apples , and 1 Tablespoon of sugar into the bowl or container you are going to bake it in. I used a 10cm ( 6in ceramic dish). Scrape the passionfruit from it's shell into this dish with the apple and stir gently to combine
- Mix the butter and sugar in a stand mixer to combine well then add the rye flour until it is just mixed. ( or rub ingredients together till sandy)
- Push the crumble mix together so that it develops nice clumps and sticks together in lumps.
- Sprinkle over the fruit and bake for 20-25 minutes or until brown and biscuity .