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Toffee Apple Crumble

Eating clean doesn’t have to mean doing away with life’s little treats. For those of you with a sweet tooth, this oozing, sticky, refined sugar free, apple crumble should hit the spot. The apples are sweetened with pure maple syrup which means that the topping doesn’t need the large amounts of refined sugar used in traditional recipes.  

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200°C
  2. Peel, core and dice the apples into roughly 1.5cm chunks.
  3. Put the apples in saucepan with 1 tbsp water and cook over a gentle heat, uncovered until the apples start to really soften up but are just holding onto their shape (about 20 minutes). Remove the pan from the heat and set to one side.
  4. While the apples are cooking, in a separate small, heavy bottomed saucepan, melt 60g of butter and maple syrup over a medium heat. Keep the heat up high enough for the butter and the syrup to start bubbling. Allow to bubble on the heat for 10-13 minutes until it thickens up. Remove from heat.
  5. Pour the toffee sauce over the apples, add the chopped pecans and mix gently but thoroughly. Spread the mixture in a baking dish.

Make the topping

  1. In a large mixing bowl mix together the flour and ginger. Add the diced butter to the mix and rub in to the flour until the mixture forms fine breadcrumbs. Stir the oats, maple syrup and chopped pecans into the mix.
  2. Sprinkle the crumble mixture over the apples and bake for 30 minutes until the top starts to brown and the apple mixture is bubbling.
  3. Serve with thick, heavy cream.
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