I'm currently living in Rennes, France, and one of my favorite hobbies is trying out new recipes I find in cooking magazines. Did you know the French love crumbles? It’s true! This simple, uncomplicated, and utterly pleasing dessert is all the rage for restaurant and home cooks alike. And it’s not just the French – everyone loves a good crumble. I’m not sure if there exists a more crowd-pleasing dessert. A friend served a variation on this recipe, adding bits of dark chocolate, at a dinner party; we, the guests, were in heaven.
When I made this delicious apple-banana crumble myself, it filled my apartment with the smell of cinnamon and baked apple. It came out the oven absolutely perfect – crisp, browned topping, bubbling juices, mouthwatering aroma.Taken from the pages of Marmiton magazine, this is nothing but a surefire hit. It’s another entry in my series of recipe translations, in which I attempt to bring French homestyle cooking to English-speaking kitchens. I hope you try it out! And if you'd like, check out all my recipe translations here on my blog, 208 Williams. :)
7 tbsp softened butter (that’s just under a full stick)
2/3 cup raw sugar
1 and 1/3 cup flour
1. Preheat the oven to 410°F. Lightly butter a glass or ceramic baking dish. Peel and slice the bananas into the baking dish; sprinkle them with lemon juice. Toss gently to make sure they’re well covered. Peel, core, and slice the apples into quarters.
2. In a good-sized pan, melt the butter and cook the apples for 10 minutes over a medium flame, adding the sugar and cinnamon at the 5-minute mark. Pour this mixture over the bananas.
3. Now for the topping. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter. Add the flour and sugar, mixing until a sandy, crumbly consistency is reached. Sprinkle it over the apples.
4. Bake for about 25 minutes, until the topping is golden brown. Serve warm. :)
For a picture of how my crumble came out, as well as a few helpful notes, check out the original blog post! I encourage you to give this recipe a try – it's so simple, and so delicious!! If you do try it, let me know how it comes out! :) Bon appétit!