Apple Mincemeat Crumble – a very English dessert

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Apple and mincemeat crumble (4- 6)

 This is an English Recipe from my sister so I have kept the UK measurements and put the USA ones next to them.

Ingredients:

  • 500 g sliced cooking apples  ( 1.1 lbs)
  • 150 g mincemeat ( 6 ounces) I bought this from THE AFRICAN HUT ( online store with all sorts of goodies from the UK and the colonies!)
  • 2 tbl sugar
  • 2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • ½ teaspoon ground mixed spice ( I made this up – see the recipe below – it may be too spicy for American tastes so do not use too much – maybe one tablespoon is enough and keep the rest in an airtight bag labeled in the pantry for the next time)
  • 2 tbl brandy

 Directions:

Cook apples in enough water to cover for 10 – 12 minutes until cooked but firm.  Drain well or the end result will be too juicy – my result was that way as you can see from the picture. The water is good to drink – apple water!  Heat oven to 400°F.  Grease a medium sized baking dish with the butter.  Set aside.  Mix apples, mincemeat, 1 tsp of the rind, mixed spice and brandy.  Place in baking dish.

Mixed Spices:

Ingredients.

Here is a typical blend of spices used to make mixed spice –

1 Tbs ground allspice.

1 Tbs ground cinnamon.

1 Tbs ground nutmeg.

2 tsp ground mace.

1 tsp ground cloves.

1 tsp ground coriander.

1 tsp ground Ginger.

Directions:

Mix them all together.

Topping

Ingredients:

  •  180 g ( 6.5 ounces)  sifted flour
  • 90 g (3.1 ounces) butter
  • 100 g  (3.5 ounces) sugar
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
  • ½ teaspoons ground mixed spice

Directions:

Pulse flour and butter until like coarse bread crumbs.  Stir in sugar, lemon rind, mixed spices and mix until blended.  Spoon over apple mixture spreading out evenly.  Bake for 30 – 40 minutes till brown and crisp. It is best served with icecream or ( if you are saving calories) Cool whip!

Apple Mincemeat Crumble Dec 2015

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