Sunday, 1 April 2007

Apple Crumble (egg-free, dairy-free gluten-free)

It’s so tempting to try and pretend that you don’t have children. Their needs and demands are so constant and all-consuming that sometimes the urge to slope off is overwhelming. I like to sneak off to the kitchen and cook. Today, I thought I had the ideal opportunity.

The post-breakfast Activity Meeting had adjourned and the decision was unanimous; they were to play ‘Swing Sofa’. This riotous game involves two children holding hands and pulling each other round and round in the middle of the lounge. At the critical moment the ‘puller’ lets go and the ‘swinger’ gets catapulted onto the sofa, much to everyone’s merriment.

As the game commenced I crept out of the room and headed for the kitchen. I had just reached up for the weighing scales when I heard the undulating, siren cry of children in lots of pain. The swinger had collided with an onlooker and bumped heads. It was time for me to focus.

My husband is away at the moment on a jolly (another free week-end in the bag for me). I was on my own with four little piglets and they needed some attention. We bundled the baby into the push-along trike and headed for the forest. The first little piglet made a house of twigs, the second little piglet pushed the smallest piglet in her trike, and the Pig chased the boy piglet round and round the forest.

On the way home, I couldn’t resist buying some apples from the market. The tired and happy children didn’t begrudge me my afternoon foray into the kitchen, and they did enjoy this Apple Crumble.

Apple Crumble

50g ground linseeds (grind the whole seeds in your liquidiser)

50g ground pumpkin seeds (ditto)

50g ground sunflower seeds (double ditto)

125g rice flour

1 tsp ground cinnamon

0.5 tsp ground nutmeg

140g dairy-free spread

150g sugar

4 medium/big eating apples

1 extra teaspoon of cinnamon

2 extra dessertspoon of sugar

Extra sunflower seeds

  • Heat the oven to 190 degrees C. Grease your crumble dish. My oval dish measured 30cm in length, 19cm wide

  • Peel and core the apples and cut them into slices. Place the apples in the base of the dish. Sprinkle a teaspoon of cinammon over the top and a dessertspoon of sugar. Mix it all in with your hands. Set aside

  • In a large mixing bowl put the ground seeds, rice flour, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix together

  • Put the dairy-free spread in the bowl, and using your hands, rub the fat into the seed and flour mix

  • Add the 150g of sugar and mix well

  • Sprinkle the crumble mix over the apples and press down. You might want to rough up the surface a bit with your fingers to give it a 'crumbled' look. Sprinkle sunflower seeds over the top and another dessertspoon of sugar. Cover with tinfoil (or the sunflower seeds will burn before it's cooked) and place in the oven.

  • Cook for about 25 minutes covered. You should be able to hear the apples sizzling by the end

  • Remove the tinfoil and cook for another 10 minutes to brown the sunflower seeds

  • Remove from the oven and enjoy

© Pig in the Kitchen 2007

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mutterings and meanderings said...

Although, as you know, I am not a fan of the small folk, you do make them sound rather sweet. I do like your stories.

Pig in the Kitchen said...

Thank-you love! A mare and cats are enough to contend with, you don't need small folk too!

dulwichmum said...

You sound like a happy contented lady, I am sure your children will have high self esteem. I am always whinging, the kids are always fighting - Oh I don't know, I want to do it like you for a while... Help!

I shall start with the apple crumble over Easter, and see where it takes me!

Pig in the Kitchen said...

now now Dulwich Mum, don't be putting me on a pedestal! Of course I will only publish the good bits, and I bellow along with the best of them. It's not a good bellow unless you have a sore throat when you've finished!

Tell you what, I bet you have a tidy house don't you? You see, you're already better than me.

I bake because it makes me's not about being lovely, it's actually very very selfish!

Have a fab easter...

rilly super said...

bonjour pig in the kitchen, thanks ever so for dropping by over at SITN. I'm sure I put on weight just coming here you know, should give you up for lent or something. I think you have interprteted the phrase 'yummy mummy' just a little too literally though darling, oh but if only blogs had an aroma function as well, sigh

Pig in the Kitchen said...

Rilly, what a joy to have you in my kitchen, I would so love to share a coffee with you and pick your very clever brains. Just what IS going on with the SITN and the WITN?! It keeps me very entertained, and your lullaby to Tilly (?) so made me laugh! Drop by anytime...

Happy Easter,

Aussiegirl said...

I am so happy! As one who has never had to deal with the crazy world of dairy/gluten/nut/meat/(insert here)-free, I was totally clueless and at the end of my tether when exploring the net to find a dessert recipe for gluten & dairy free children (have been invited for dinner at a new acquaintance's where I'd like to make a good impression). Then I fell upon your blog. Thank you for sharing all your triumphs in the kitchen with those of us less endowed with baking talent! Am thinking your Apple Crumble or Pineapple Upside Down Cake will be a hit...and I'm sure I'll make a good impression!

Pig in the Kitchen said...

Aussiegirl, you have spread the happiness...i am so happy to have read your comment, and to be of some assistance! If i had to pick, I would go with apple crumble...and for the final touch you could hunt down some gluten-free ice-cream or just take a tub of custard powder! Now i hope that last bit hasn't put you off!
You are very welcome to visit again, enjoy your dinner party. Feel free to pass on the link to me ;-)

Aussiegirl said...

Hi PITK, it's me again! Very funny story with that apple crumble I made for those boyfriend and I went to their house for dinner (they live on a rural property) and that night there was a thunderstorm and we had a full power cut! (very exciting to do everything by candle light in a storm) So we baked the crumble in my pyrex dish "bushie" style on their open fire...of course with no temperature control! So to cut a long story short, as our mouths were salivating with the lovely aroma of almost-baked apple crumble, we heard a big CRACK! The dish had broken in the heat and was in lots of little pieces! crumble for us, or risk death via pyrex...but I'm trying it again tomorrow for another everything free friend! It smelt so good, it must also taste amazing! Looking forward to it...finally!
And I will definitely add some gluten free ice cream!

JuicyFig said...

I just love where serendipity takes you - I was just trying to find a dairy/glouton free recipe for easter pud - and here it is!

Many thanks