Are you all mince pied out yet? Do you want to make something different with your mincemeat? Or do you have a just a little bit left over at the bottom of the jar and you are not quite sure what to do with it? Why not make my mincemeat and apple crumble. It’s a super simple pudding to make, is a great way of using up the last of a jar of mincemeat and tastes soooo good!!
I really do love apple crumble. Not only does it taste delicious, but it’s so quick and simple to whip up, is pretty cheap to make and the kids absolutely love it. I also absolutely adore mince pies and make loads at this time of the year, but inevitably I end up with a little bit of mincemeat left over.
This recipe came about because I had a bit at the bottom of the jar of mincemeat after making my mini mince pies with the kids and wondered what to do with it. It suddenly dawned on me that it would be the perfect thing to add to an apple crumble – after all dried fruit, sugar and spices are the sorts of things that get added to a crumble anyway. Plus adding mincemeat elevates the humble crumble into something wonderfully festive, yet still super easy.
In fact, if you fancied something really easy peasy but still a bit festive, this could work as pudding on Christmas Day itself, especially if you or your family aren’t big fans of Christmas pudding or if you just fancy doing something a bit more familiar.
This recipe features my standard crumble mix, developed over many years of trial and error: I use 200g plain white flour, 100g butter and 100g soft, light brown sugar. You can make it with white sugar but for me the soft brown sugar makes a much better crumble texture – much more crumbly and less biscuity – and the taste is just fabulous! I always make my crumbles by hand, using the rubbing in method, but crumble can also be made in a food processor by pulsing the butter and sugar together to make a coarse breadcrumb texture, then adding in the sugar. However, I think part of the charm of a good crumble is that rough and ready, made-by-hand texture. It always seems a bit too perfect when made in a food processor! If you don’t fancy doing the rubbing in yourself, you could always try and find a small child to do it. My kids absolutely love doing this for me!
The quantity of mincemeat is very rough and ready. I used 4 tablespoons because that’s what I had left in the jar. But really the quantity is very flexible – a bit more or less would work just fine! I didn’t add any extra sugar as, for me, the mincemeat contains enough sugar to take the edge off the sharpness of the cooking apples, but if you have a sweeter tooth than me, you could always add a tablespoon of soft brown sugar into the apples and mincemeat mix for a bit of extra sweetness.
If you don’t have any leftover mincemeat, this crumble still tastes good without mincemeat, just a little less Christmassy. To jazz it up a bit you could always add a teaspoon of cinnamon or mixed spice or a few cloves to give it that festive feel! A small handful of dried fruit would also work well.
The quantity below is for 6 but this recipe is very easily scaled up or down and don’t forget – crumble tastes amazing the next day too. You can either eat it cold or reheat it. I reheat mine by turning the oven on to 180C and putting the crumble in straight away (i.e. don’t wait for the oven to heat up). I give it 15-20 minutes and it is perfect. You can repeat this procedure a second day too (in the unlikely situation that you have any left, that is!).
- 200g plain white flour
- 100g cold butter, cut into roughly 1cm cubes
- 100g soft, light brown sugar
- 1kg cooking apples, peeled, cores removed and chopped into small pieces
- 4 tablespoons mincemeat
- Preheat your oven to 180C.
- Put the flour and butter in a large bowl and rub together until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs (or do this in a food processor if you prefer).
- Add the sugar and stir. (There is no need to sieve the sugar as a bit of a rough texture is what is needed for a good crumble!)
- Set the crumble mixture to one side and prepare the apples. Peel them, remove the cores and then chop into bite-sized pieces – roughly 1cm square – but it doesn’t matter too much, actually a mixture of smaller and larger pieces is quite nice.
- Put the apples in the dish you are planning to use to cook the crumble and add 4 tablespoons of mincemeat. Stir together the apples and the mincemeat until the apples are evenly coated in mincemeat and the dried fruit is fairly evenly distributed.
- Sprinkle over the crumble topping – this can be quite rough and ready, but make sure all the fruit is covered. If it looks a bit too neat on top, rough it up a bit. You want lots of peaks and troughs to give it that really good crumble texture.
- Put your crumble in the preheated oven for 40 minutes or until it is golden on top and the fruit is bubbling. Serve with custard, cream or ice cream.