While in Amsterdam for Thanksgiving, I thought about making traditional dinner like we’d have in the states so it’d be more authentic, and since Mike had scored some turkey legs and all the trimmings I knew this thanksgiving was going to be tasty. I just needed a dessert. One I didn’t have to spend hours on since I was in Amsterdam and we wanted to be out exploring the city you know? So I racked my brain for a simple, easy dessert that would still look good.
I thought about making a play on apple pie so crumbles are easy and simple. And you can eat the whole dessert including the apple it was cooked in. Genius right?
This would be a great dessert to take to a party where you’re trying to impress but for sure everyone’s on a health kick so you gotta bring something that doesn’t have 3,000 calories. I loved these so much I made them again for a dinner I hosted where a friend of mine gave them a thumbs up.
- 2-4 apples (Golden Delicious, Fuji, or Cortland apples work best for baking)
- 1 pint of fresh raspberries
- 2-3 tablespoons brown sugar
- Pinch of cinnamon
- Dash of vanilla
- Half a stick of cold butter
- 1/4 cup flour
- Cut the tops off your apples.
- Get a small knife and go around the inside edge while holding the apple tightly so you don't crack it. You want to get all of the flesh out of the apple slowly. I usually make a cross in the middle then get a spoon and start forcing the flesh out. Don't rush as you don't want the apple to crack!
- Once you get all the flesh out, cut the seeds away and chop the apples up into small pieces.
- In a small saucepan, put the apples on low heat along with your handful of raspberries. If you have only frozen ones that works too. Put a little bit of sugar, vanilla and cinnamon and bring it to a slow boil, just so it all comes together. Remove from heat. Preheat your oven to 350F. Get a sheetpan lined with foil or a baking dish. Put the apples into the baking dish.
- Pour the filling into the empty apples and set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine some flour and butter with your hands until you make what looks like crumbs. Pour some crumble on top of each apple. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the apple is cooked and the crumb topping is golden.
- Remove and serve with fresh raspberries.