My late mother-in-law was a cleaner and she had always worked very hard. Her house was spotless and there was always plenty to eat (she always seems to have family round, even on a tight budget). Thus, her food was, in her own words, “nothing fancy” but very nourishing for the soul.

This is the apple crumble that she often made:

For the apple:

  • 500g apples
  • 50g granulated white sugar

Peel and core the apples, and cut into chunks. Put in a saucepan with 1 tablespoon water and the sugar. Cook on low heat for about 5 minutes until just about soft but with a bit of crunch in them still.

For the crumble:

  • 35 g wholemeal flour
  • 35 g rolled oats
  • 35 g unsalted butter
  • 20 g caster sugar

Mix the dry ingredients. Cut the butter into small cubes. Rub the flour and oats into the butter until they resemble breadcrumbs. Add the sugar. Cover the apple with the crumble mixture.

Bake in a medium oven for about 20-25 minutes.

We made it using the Pyrex dish that my son inherited from her, and ate it on her old dining table!!! Love you, Mum x

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