A while back I reviewed the television series for Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course and I was so inspired by the show that I bought the book which accompanies the series. I was slightly apprehensive at first because although I like Gordon as entertainment I often find his style of cooking too ‘chefy’ for my tastes. I prefer to cook simple tasty home-style meals that don’t need a week-long course at Leith’s to prepare. After a little online research and a perusal of some online reviews from other people who had purchased the book, I ended up buying the book, and since it’s arrival in the post I haven’t been able to put it down.
The book is packed with 123 recipes that any home cook should be able to tackle, all written in an easy to follow way. It doesn’t use too many ingredients that you will have to send out a search party to find (there are a couple, but nothing I can’t pick up in my local chinese grocery) and there is no special equipment needed, which is always good, because who wants to have to invest a weeks wages just to cook one meal?
The photography is also fantastic, though if I have one gripe about the book it is that all the recipes are not accompanied by a photograph. Still, there are plenty in there to keep you drooling for a while.
The best thing about the is book though is how clear and concise the recipes are. Gordon has pulled out all the stops to explain everything needed to complete any of the recipes in the book, and by doing so, has allowed amateur chefs worldwide to cook themselves into better cooks with some easy to make but delicious recipes in their arsenal.
Here’s a recipe that I have tried and tested, and I must admit it is one of the best crumbles I have tried for years.
Gordon’s Apple Crumble
I love crumbles, not only because they are easy to make, but also because they tend to please the masses, are cheap and the recipe is easily adapted to suit your tastes, and Gordon’s recipe is one of the best I have tried so far.
Skill level: easy
Preparation time: 15-20 minutes
Cooking time: 12-15 minutes
For the fruit base
- 6 tbsp caster sugar
- Pinch of ground cinnamon
- 1 vanilla pod, seeds only. (I used vanilla paste)
- 6 apples of your choice, cored but not peeled, 3 grated, 3 cut into small chunks
- 3 tbsp dried cranberries
- Zest of 1 lemon, juice of ½
For the crumble topping
- 100g plain flour
- 2 tbsp Demerara sugar
- 50g butter, chilled and cubed
- Pinch of ground cinnamon
- 4 tbsp nutty granola or muesli
- Heat the oven to 200°C/Gas6
- Heat a small hob proof baking dish, add the caster sugar and heat for about 5 minutes until it caramelises. (I know it is tempting but don’t shake or stir the sugar, or it will never melt).
- Add the cinnamon, vanilla and grated apples and cook for 1 or 2 minutes.
- Stir in the apple chunks, then mix the cranberries, lemon zest and juice.
- Remove from the heat and set aside.
- Place the flour, sugar, butter and cinnamon in a bowl and rub together with your fingertips until the mixture resembles bread crumbs.
- Add the granola and mix until fully incorporated.
- Scatter the topping over the fruit and heat the dish again on the hob. Once the mixture is bubbling again, transfer it to the oven and back for 12-15 minutes until the topping is a deep golden colour.
- Remove and serve warm.
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