Sometimes a craving for sweet foods hits at sudden moments and your immediate desire to fulfil it leads you to thoughts of chocolate and sweet treats. Often though, this thought is quickly followed by another, a niggling in the back of your mind reminding you that you are trying to be healthy, that perhaps you are trying to cut down on your refined sugar intake.
Using honey as a sweetener is the perfect way to step around that issue. This rustic caramelised apple and nectarine crumble is perfect for summer or winter, for sharing or keeping all to yourself. With a toffee bottom and oatey crumble it is quite the decadent, comfort food.
3 medium sized apples
5 Tbsps of honey
1 Tbsp of butter
2 Tbsp of fresh orange juice
½ cup of plain flour
½ cup of rolled oats
2 tbsps of chia seeds
1 tsp of cinnamon
2 tbsps of butter
1 tbsp of honey
Peel and quarter the apples and nectarines and remove their cores. In pan on medium heat melt together the butter, honey and orange juice. When the mixture is melted and perfectly mixed together place the apples and nectarines in the pan. Leave on medium heat for 10 minutes allowing the mixture to simmer and bubble, as it slowly caramelises. Stir every 20 seconds to prevent the mixture sticking to the pan and to fully coat the fruit.
Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Cut the butter into small squares and add it to the flour, then drizzle the honey over the top. Using your fingers, lightly rub the butter and honey into the dry mixture until it begins to form small crumbs.
Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and pour out the dry mixture to cover the sheet in a thin layer. Cook under a hot grill for two minutes or until the top becomes golden.
Serve the fruit in a bowl and sprinkle the crumble on top.