Although the festive season is one of my favourite times of the year there is a lot of pressure to get it ‘right’ – whatever that is. I have been bluffing my way through hosting Christmas for several years now (some more successful than others) and my best piece of advice is to keep it simple. I’m not MasterChef so why do I think that suddenly, for one day out of the year, I will be able to produce three, or even four, Michelin star-worthy courses?
Christmas Crumble is a dessert that I love because it is simple, quick, easy and everyone thinks it is delicious – even the mince pie haters! You can assemble it up to a day in advance and keep it in the fridge, then just pop it in the oven when you’re ready. As the Christmas Crumble cooks it fills the house with a delicious festive aroma. Try this Christmas twist on a family favourite. The proof is in the eating and we never have any leftovers!
Ingredients for Easy Christmas Crumble
You will need:
- 3 eating apples
- 400g of sweet mincemeat
- 100g rolled oats
- 50g ground almonds
- 50g light brown sugar
- ground cinnamon
Watch how to make my easy Christmas Crumble recipe
How to make my easy Christmas Crumble
First, turn the oven on and preheat to 180ºC (160ºC fan) or equivalent.
Peel and chop the apples into small chunks. If the crumble is going to be eaten by small children make sure that your apple is cut finely into thin slices rather than chunks. Put your chopped or sliced apple into a bowl, add the mincemeat and mix them together. Put the mixture into a baking dish and spread it so that it covers the bottom of the dish.
Now for the dry ingredients. In a clean bowl mix the rolled oats, ground almonds and about half of the brown sugar. Once the dry ingredients are combined you can carefully pour the dry mix over the mincemeat and apple. Then sprinkle the rest of the brown sugar over the top of the crumble and sprinkle a pinch of ground cinnamon over the top. There’s no butter in the crumble mix as we have dairy allergies in the family, if you want to make a more traditional crumble topping then go for it! This recipe is fantastic because it’s adaptable and forgiving.
Put the crumble in the oven for 40 minutes at 180ºC.
Once the crumble comes out of the oven, leave it to stand for a few minutes as it should be piping hot. This Christmas Crumble is delicious served on it’s own or you can serve it with custard.