Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Apple Crumble with Golden Raisins

This little dessert makes just enough for two - the perfect option when you want something sweet at the end of the meal but don't want leftovers.

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons vegan sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon vegan brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vegan butter
  • 1 and 1/2 cups peeled and diced Granny Smith apple
  • 1 tablespoon golden raisins
  • 2 tablespoons fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Cooking spray
1. Combine the flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, and brown sugar in a small bowl.  Cut the butter into small pieces, and cut into the flour mixture with a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse meal.

2. In a bowl, combine the remaining 1 tablespoon sugar, apples, raisins, orange juice, lemon juice, and cinnamon, and toss well.

3. Divide the apple mixture evenly among 2 (6-ounce) ramekins coated with cooking spray.  Sprinkle evenly with the flour mixture.

4. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes - the tops should be golden brown. 

Nutrition Info:
2 servings (1 crumble), Calories 223 

Tasting Notes:
A tasty and piping hot little crumble.  I would increase the golden raisins, and also would have loved more orange flavor; consider adding more juice and a touch of the rind as well.  I also would have liked the filling to be sweeter, and would use more sugar or a sweet variety of apple, such as Braeburn, next time.  Since the crumbles weren't too sweet, however, I'd consider making them part of a weekend breakfast, rather than dessert, next time.


Vegan Extra:
As a side note,  I kept things simple with dessert tonight because I was eager to try the new line of frozen entrees from vegan restaurant Candle Cafe for dinner.  Although I don't advocate frozen prepared foods as a general rule (too much sodium, and generally a steep price tag), frozen entrees are a convenient indulgence every once in a while.  But more importantly, I was eager to support Candle Cafe's efforts.  Do check out the frozen entrees, and if you live in New York, I highly recommend visiting Candle Cafe or it's fancier counterpart, Candle 79, for the fresh version of their food sometime soon.

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