It is still cold in the South of Brazil and in Australia, so a crumble recipe brings that comfort that we need this time of the year here in the Southern Hemisfere. Who doesn’t love the smell of crumble baking in the oven, that buttery-cinnamon scent that spreads all over the house and makes everybody’s mouths water?
I am currently in Brazil in my mother-in-law’s house and when I was baking this crumble earlier today, the house is full of family members and they were all very happy to hear that this is what they were going to eat. It is one of our family’s favourite!
One of my sisters-in-law is a great cook and regularly tries something new in the kitchen, so to my delight I am always learning new recipes and techniques with her. This Brazil Nut and Apple Crumble is one of the hundreds of recipes she shared with me over the years. The recipe is a treasure that has been passed from generation to generation of my husband’s family who are German and Russian descendants. Coming from the Volga’s river region in Russia, the first family members who are called Russian-Germans settle down in the XIX century in the South of Brazil where they set up three different colonies. With that they left their stamp in the area which includes delicious recipes.
It has been a tradition of my husband’s family to always have some kind of apple pie when they make big family reunions. This recipe given to my sister-in-law by her Auntie was originally made with walnuts. My sister-in-law once used Brazil nuts because she didn’t have walnuts in the house and now everyone prefers her version of the recipe. A little change in ingredient makes this crumble so special and that is why I love cooking. The sky is the limit and many times improvisation results in something surprisingly extraordinary! Very quick to make and with simple flavours this crumble can be enjoyed warm or cold with a scoop of a good quality vanilla ice-cream on the side.
250g Brazil nuts
1 cup plain flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 tbs ground cinnamon
2 tbs unsalted butter, cubed
5 Granny Smith apples
1 tbs caster sugar
1 cup sultanas
1. Pre-heat the oven 130°C, fan-forced. Grease a large baking dish with butter.
2. In a bowl of a food processor, finely grind the Brazil nuts. In a medium bowl combine the nuts, flour, sugar and cinnamon. Add the butter and rub the mixture with the palms of your hands until the butter is combined. Reserve.
3. Cut the apples in half, remove the core and seeds, and finely slice in half-moon shapes. Spread the apple slices onto the dish, dust with 1 tbs caster sugar and add the sultanas.
4. Cover with the Brazil nut mixture and bake in the oven for 40 minutes or until golden. Serve it with your favourite vanilla ice-cream.