Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Chocolate Chip Apple Crumble


I had a few windfalls that were in need of eating quickly and with the weather being rather autumnal, a crumble seemed like a jolly good idea.  I've been toying with the idea of making a crumble using chocolate for some time, but really wasn't sure about the concept.  However, I thought I'd give it a try this time - so I did.
  • Using my hands, rubbed 6oz wholemeal spelt with 2oz butter until the mixture resembled breadcrumbs.
  • Stirred in 3oz demerara sugar, 1 heaped tsp cinnamon, 2oz chopped walnuts and 50g chopped 70% dark chocolate.
  • Peeled, cored and sliced 5 medium sized apples and put these into a greased ovenproof dish along with a tbsp of demerara sugar and a small glass of water.
  • Covered with the crumble topping and baked for 30 mins at 180C.
We were so eager to get stuck into the crumble when it came out of the oven, that I forgot to take a picture - it did look quite delicious.  Despite my initial scepticism, I can report that the addition of chocolate did in fact work and indeed added to the overall comfort factor.  The crunchy nuts made a good contrast to the soft apple and melting chocolate. The pieces of melted chocolate had not merged with the whole, but retained their individuality giving intermittent chocolate hits. It was different but still good at room temperature the next day.  I will most certainly be using chocolate in crumbles again.

16 comments:

  1. Heaven in a bowl! Looks delicious!

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  2. Glad it turned out well, I'm looking forward to making more crumbles this autumn so must remember to try one with chocolate. I'm thinking chocolate and pear crumble would be good. I have a vague memory of making a chocolate apple betty by Nigel Slater once, which was really good, I must find the recipe again - thanks for the reminder!

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  3. Choc, I've posted what I think you are looking for in the side bar on my blog - got to go to bed now and I will come back and read your post tomorrow, leave me a note somewhere to let me know if I solved the mystery... love Jo

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  4. wow... looks wonderful ! chocolate in everything seems the way of the year!

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  5. I have only tried white chocolate in a berry crumble once and it wasn't prominent enough! I have tried chocolate custard in crumble and heard of apple crumble with custard so perhaps you could combine these and do apple crumble with chocolate custard???? I think this is a round about way of saying I whole heartedly support your experiments with chocolate in crumble!

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  6. Anything with chocolate is my favourite, crumble looks too fantastic..

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  7. divine combo! choc in crumble sounds very comfortable and yum!

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  8. Wonderful idea - can't wait to have try at this myself!

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  9. Now I love the humble crumble, and jazzing it up with some chocolate has just got to enhance the experience I think. The combination of the nuts, choc and apple is a winner. There is a local company that sells small tubs of something similar, for about $10 a pop.

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  10. Autumnal, what a lovely word! Thank you for yet another thing to do with my big sack of wholemeal spelt - this sounds delicious! :)

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  11. Ah Choclette, that looks divine! We've been getting in practice for crumble season with plum and hazelnut with a vanilla pod in the with the plums but maybe a little chocolate in the topping would take it to the next level :)

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  12. Nice one Choclette. I have a lady who buys my little bags of chocolate chips (callebaut) with the sole intention of adding them to crumble.

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  13. A chocolate crumble? What a great idea. And combining it with apples...thats so perfect for fall.

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  14. Thank you Lucie

    C- yes I bet chocolate and pear would be really good - intrigued by the apple betty. I know apple charlotte, but betty?

    Thank you Sushma

    Thanks Dom - I've sort of tied myself into this "chocolate in everything" lark.

    Thanks Kath - I agree

    Johanna - thanks. I did note your chocolate custard crumble and want to try that at some point. Chocolate crumble is a bit of a novelty to me.

    Thank you Priya

    Thanks Ananda - it was much better than I had anticipated.

    Thanks Chele

    CityHippy - thanks, will bear that in mind as a possible business opportunity!!!

    Celia - Agree autumnal is a great word. Noted from your blog that your spelt must be making it's way down the sack at quite a speedy rate?

    Johanna - I think your plum and vanilla crumble sounds just perfect.

    Gillian - you mean I wasn't the first? :(

    Indie Tea - that fall time seems to be creeping nearer, so good to get some practice in.

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