Easy apple crumble

What’s better than a good apple crumble? It may be an easy recipe to master filled with fond memories of home life, but satisfying it most definitely is. You may remember I purchased some lovely, locally-grown bramley apples from Studley Car Boot sale on Sunday, which made for a lovely base to a homely crumble. The recipe I used is from an equally traditional cook book and is one that will last me a long time to come yet. The only change I made is to double the crumble mix for extra crunch. If you’ve got a spare hour or so and some apples to use up, why not give it a go…and don’t forget to let me know how it turns out.

Five bramley apples picked from a local orchard - only £1. Perfect for an apple crumble

Five bramley apples picked from a local orchard – only £1. Perfect for an apple crumble

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Good Housekeeping’s Easy To Make Complete Cookbook will be a feature in my new kitchen

You will need:

250g plain flour
100g unsalted butter
100g sugar
5 large apples

Here’s how:

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C (160 fan). Put the flour, butter and sugar in a bowl and rub with your fingertips until the mix resembles breadcrumbs.
2. Arrange the apples in an oven-proof dish of your choice, sprinkle with one tablespoon of sugar. Sprinkle the crumble mix evenly on top and finish with an optional dusting of cinnamon.
3. Bake for around 45 minutes until the fruit is soft and the topping is golden brown.

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The result: tasty and homely. Perfect for a Bank Holiday

Since it was a Bank Holiday, I was feeling particularly brave and decided to try my hand at making custard from scratch. I found a great BBC Food recipe which seemed easy enough and with plenty of whisking turned out well.

The results went down a treat with the Mr and my current housemate and proved that the car boot sale can have great (and tasty) rewards indeed.

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The best bread

I was thinking, a loaf of standard white sliced loaf can cost up to £1.50, so how much would I save by spending a little time and effort on baking my own? After being persuaded by Channel 4’s River Cottage: Bread I headed off to the supermarket for the basic ingredients. And basic they are.

Using just flour, salt, yeast and water, I made a lovely loaf of white bread that tasted (and smelled) miles better than the store bought version. With a little help from Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall and a BBC Good Food recipe, I am proud to share my latest baked goods and the ingredients cost me around £1 and will make three good-sized, hearty loaves.

Homemade bread tasted just as good.

One shall have her cake

Happy Jubilee weekend!

In true Diamond Jubilee spirit, I have put my DIY baking/decorating skills to the test. While some may have their bunting hanging, my kitchen has been brightened up by this gem. A classic victoria sponge inside, my Union Jack cake is enough to get me in a celebratory mood.

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One for the recipe book – Banana and cinnamon muffins

My lovely banana and cinnamon muffins.

My fondness of afternoon baking has taken a turn for the more obsessed after finding myself with a bit more time on my hands. This time, I made one of my favourites and a recipe that makes use of leftover, or going-off foods in the kitchen. Tasty cakes using abandoned ingredients – win win. My banana and cinnamon muffins are really tasty and are great as a snack or for breakfast and I believe (well I tell myself) that they are a more healthy variety of cake because of their fruit content. Right? The bananas are best when they are pretty black and no one wants to eat them any more. So instead of putting them in the bin, have a go at recycling them.

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The Great British bake off, well nearly

While on a mission to save some pennies and bring afternoon tea to my living room, I’ve become quite a whizz in the kitchen of late. While I have steadily increased my recipe repetoire since my days of being a student, living solo is teaching me the joys of not only cooking for meal time purposes, but also of Sunday afternoon baking. While it may be a bit premature to be a housewife familiar with self-raising flour and vanilla extract, the satisfaction of making tasty treats from scratch make for a rather quaint and indulgent weekend in.

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