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Blog Series | Winter Treats – Teresa

Today’s yummy treat is presented by Teresa from Cupcakes & Couscous.

A little more about Teresa:
Freelance food writer, recipe developer and food blogger. Passionate foodie, prolific baker and enthusiastic chocolate eater. I am also mom to two fantastic tiny humans, and a proud Capetonian. 

{You can find her social links at the end of the post.}

Teresa shares her recipe: Apple & Raisin Oaty Crumble with Vanilla Custard
Apple and raisin crumble 1

There is something very comforting and homely about preparing and eating this particular dessert and I love the heavenly combination of spiced apple, crunchy oat crumble and creamy vanilla custard.


1kg apples
100g butter
60ml (1/4 cup) raisins
60ml (1/4 cup) caramel sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg


90g flour
60g caramel sugar
30g oats
75g butter, at room temperature

Vanilla custard:

2 egg yolks
40g castor sugar
2 tbsp flour
300ml milk
1/2 tsp vanilla paste

Apple and raisin crumble 2


Step 1.) Peel and core the apples, and cut into chunks. Melt the butter in a medium sized pot, then add the apple chunks. Toss to coat in the butter, then cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Step 2.) Add the raisins, caramel sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg and stir well. Cook for a further 10-12 minutes, stirring regularly until the apple chunks are soft but still have some bite. Remove from the heat and set aside.
Step 3.) Preheat your oven to 190°C and start preparing the crumble topping. Place the flour, caramel sugar, oats and butter together in a bowl. Use your fingertips to rub the ingredients together. The mixture will be dry at first, but continue to rub until the butter coats the dry ingredients and the mixture starts to clump together.
Step 4.) Divide the cooked apple between 6 small ramekins. Do the same with the crumble mixture, sprinkling on top of the apple. Place the ramekins on a tray and bake for 25-30 minutes until the crumble starts to colour.
Step 5.) While the crumbles bake you can prepare your custard. Whisk the egg yolks and castor sugar together until creamy. Whisk in the flour. Place the milk in a saucepan over a medium heat and heat just until boiling point. Remove from the heat and carefully add half of the milk to the egg mixture while whisking continuously. Then add the egg-milk mixture back into the saucepan with the remaining milk and heat slowly while whisking. Continue to cook until the custard has thickened. Stir in the vanilla paste, then transfer to a warm jug.
Step 6.) Allow the cooked apple crumbles to stand for a few minutes before serving with fresh vanilla custard.
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