April 27, 2011

Chestnut and apple crumble


I've been snacking on those gorgeous Pink Lady apples we picked during our country-side weekend and I've taken some of the delicious chestnuts to my partner's Japanese mum who absolutely adores them. I was keen to find a tasty way to combine both of these autumn ingredients and this chestnut and apple crumble is the perfect answer. 

You could easily adapt this recipe to your liking - try using rolled spelt or rye instead of oats, adding different spices like nutmeg or cloves or serving the crumble with a scoop of vanilla ice cream as an indulgent dessert. In any way it is autumn in a bowl and pure comfort on a rainy day.  
 


Chestnut and apple crumble
(serves 2-4)
(Recipe inspired by iga.net.au)

400g chestnuts

2 Pink Lady apples
100ml water
juice of 1/2 lemon

1 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp flaked almonds
3 tbsp rolled oats*
small pinch of ground ginger
pinch of ground cinnamon

raw honey, to serve

* for a gluten-free version, use pure uncontaminated rolled oats.

1. Place the chestnuts in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to boil, then simmer for 15-20 minutes.

2. Peel the chestnuts keeping the unpeeled ones in the hot water. Cut the peeled chestnuts in half or leave whole. Set aside.

3. Peel the apples, then slice into wedges. Bring the water and lemon juice to boil, add the apple wedges and simmer for a few minutes or until just tender. Remove from the heat and set aside.

4. Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a small frying pan. Add the chestnuts and sauté until golden. Scoop the chestnuts into serving bowls.

5. Add the flaked almonds, oats, ginger and cinnamon onto the same frying pan and toast until golden. (Be careful not to let them burn!)

6. To assemble, place the apple wedges on top of the chestnuts, sprinkle with the almond and oat mixture, then drizzle generously with the honey. Serve warm.


51 comments:

  1. This is a lovely crumble! Without sugar and with one of my favourite foods on earth: chestnuts... yum!

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  2. Oh, I love pink lady apples! My son and I made a delicious applesauce with them. Your crumble looks beautiful!

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  3. This would be perfect with a scoop of vanilla ice cream ... But then it wouldn't be so healthy anymore ;).

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  4. Chestnuts...I haven't had these for a while...love the idea of pink lady apples all together in a crumble. Great pictures as always Maria. Hope you have a great week ahead :-)

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  5. Its so wonderful to see your interpretation of autumn, just as we, in North America, are prepping for summer. I will have to place some of your culinary gems into my databank for when fall comes around again!

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  6. Pink Ladies are our favorites over here too. Your crumble looks so sweet. Again, those chestnuts are so intriguing to me! If feels odd to say but... Happy Fall! Fall is my favorite season of the year.

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  7. Pink Ladies are my favorite. This looks wonderful, and very interesting to me as I haven't really used chestnuts in sweet dishes.

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  9. I really love your style of cooking, pure and clean eating. Looks wonderfully fresh!
    Cupcake
    xo

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  10. I LOVE chestnuts too. I swear I could print your entire blog out to save. I want to try everything!

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  11. What a wonderful combination of ingredients. You have such a refreshing perspective in regards to food and photography. I am definitely a new follower!

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  12. the hand-picked apples look so great. pink ladies are my favorite
    Katherine

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  13. I adore your blog. So lovely and inspiring.

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  14. I've never had them together but I bet apples and chesnuts are fantastic together! Gorgeous crumbles!

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  15. This looks incredible :)

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  16. It's so nice to see so many leaves still attached to the apples.
    Margaret

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  17. Yum! Beautiful images and a beautiful dessert! I absolutely love chestnuts but they're just so expensive here in Brisbane! If I ever get my hands on any though...I'll definitely be trying this out!

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  18. wow this is the first time i've seen a crumble that's not baked and that doesnt require butter! i gotta try this soon!!! looks soo delicious maria!

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  19. Looks really delicious once again :)

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  20. A wonderful dessert, I like the combination of apples and chestnuts and how neat that there's no baking involved!

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  21. Maria

    These apples look amazing! Wish i could grab me a few! Love them apples! and the dessert you made looks mighty good too!

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  22. This looks like such a gorgeous dish with lots of lovely textures. Gorgeous as always Maria. Isn't it amazing how beautiful fresh produce inspires..

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  23. I love chestnuts and my father's village produces one of the best qualities in Greece. This crumble is the best idea to use some of them!

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  24. Perfect for a cool night in. Yum!

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  25. Ooh chestnuts are starting to pop up everywhere. I love the sound of including them in an apple crumble. Perfect for curling up with on the couch!

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  26. The crumble look so fresh and healthy..love to have a bowl of it for my breakfast.

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  27. This crumble looks fabulous!

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  28. This, I like! Healthy and flavourful snack...those blushing apples are so delectable!

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  29. I love chestnuts, raw, boiled or roasted. they have an amazing flavour that seems to permeate through everything to make it all delicious!

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  30. I never get to have chestnuts except for around christmas time ( so cliche I know) but its true. This looks so warm and inviting. I love the flavors and pairing apples with chestnuts is genius.

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  31. I dont know how I could be simultaneously wishing for summer weather and craving fall food, but you've somehow managed to make me do it! This combination of chestnuts and apples in a crumble is delicious!

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  32. Truly gorgeous, the nuggets of little chestnuts in the crumble is just fantastic! Lovely photography as usual :)

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  33. Love pink lady! Never tried them this way though...looks healthy and wonderfully delish!

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  34. OMG..this crumble looks so awesome.I cant believe its so healthy too.Way to go!

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  35. I could eat this right now!

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  36. We just got back from the southern highlands where organic fruit was so plentiful and the apples with the leaves still intact look mighty wholesome :)

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  37. How lovely. Your photos make a simple dessert really appealing. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  38. What a gorgeous way to use those apples, and with chestnuts as well. Delicious!

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  39. Beautiful apples! They are perfect for a crumble. I'm waiting for stone fruit season to begin here, so I can make a similar crumble with them.

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  40. Wow! that looks very inviting and slurpy yum!
    US Masala

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  41. Peeling chestnuts isn't something I enjoy, but well worth the reward!!!

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  42. we're enjoying the sweetest season right now, a blooming spring. Yet, reading your posts and indulging in your charming photos, I wish autumn will be back soon to enjoy this warm atmosphere!

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  43. Such an amazing combination and looks delicious. Will it go well with green apple too ?

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  44. Great post, Maria! Love these apples and really intrigued at the flavour possibilities with the addition of chestnut. I love crumbles and this one is no exception. So good.

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  45. Thank you all!

    Kankana, you can definitely use green apples as well. I don't see why they wouldn't work just as well :-)

    Maria
    x

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  46. Be still my ever growing fatty thighs! This is sooooooooo lovely. I die!
    *kisses* HH

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  47. This BLOWS MY MIND. I adore chestnuts but almost never get to eat them. (Mont Blancs may be my favourite dessert ever.) I love how you let everyone sweeten to taste here, too!

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  48. It is summer here, but girl am I craving the flavors in this beautiful crumble.

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