The United Kingdom.

Known in some parts as Britain and others as England has given the world a lot.

Half of America has roots in this part of the world. And Australia and New Zealand are just the same.

Let’s not even begin with the other countless countries where a portion of society have a heritage based in Britain.

I spent three weeks there, between living in Germany and moving back to New Zealand  in my teens and I have many fond memories of my visit.

One meal that has made it across the globe to this part of the world is apple crumble. I did a little research (yes research on dessert) of the history and origin.

And what I discovered surprised me and gave me a smile that no matter how awful things get we can always find a way to make dessert.
Fact: The story is that women in Britain invented the recipe of apple crumble due to the extreme rations in World War 2.

From the lack of ingredients available for apple pie, apple crumble was invented.

Clearly this was a good day in the kitchen for desperate women.

I can imagine it would have warmed many hearts after such hardships.

Nowadays, it doesn't take much effort to get the simple ingredients together and whip up this dessert and this is why it is such an effective recipe.

This is my simple take on it as I feel the crumble should have a little body over some traditional crumb toppings I've found.
Note: Aim to slice the apples as thin as possible as this will make them cook that much quicker.

Apple Crumble
Serves 8

8 apples, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1/4 cup superfine or caster sugar
1/2 cup water
50g butter, melted
1/2 cup oats
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup desiccated coconut
2 tablespoons brown sugar

Place the apples, sugar and water in a pot and simmer over a low-to-medium heat for 20 minutes. You want the apples to be soft but not mush.

Once the apples are soft and cooked through place in a medium baking dish and set aside. Heat the oven to 180°C/350F.

Meanwhile, place the melted butter in a bowl and add the oats, flour, coconut and sugar. Combine well until it resembles a crumb mixture. If the mixture seem's a little too moist add a little more oat and flour until the mixture pulls away from itself easily.

Spoon the crumb mixture over the apples evenly and place in the oven for 12 minutes or until golden brown.

Serve with pouring cream or vanilla ice cream.

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