Puddings and cakes
- Serves: 6
- Preparation time: 30 minutes
- Cooking time: 45 minutes
Similar to a crumble but with a sponge top instead, this is in many ways a nicer and more comforting autumn dessert than the crumble. It can be served with custard, clotted cream or ice cream.
For the apple compote:
1.2kg (about 6) cooking apples- peeled and diced to approx. 1-2 cm
50g castor Sugar – depending on your taste and the tartness of the apples
1 cinnamon stick
150ml white wine – or just water
For the sponge:
150g sugar - I like to use soft light brown
Pinch of salt
150g self raising flour - sieved
The seeds from ½ vanilla pod or ½ tsp. vanilla essence
Flaked almonds or Demerara sugar - optional
Firstly make the compote.
- Place all the ingredients together in a saucepan over a low heat and cook for about 10-12 minutes or until the apple is cooked (some of it will turn in to a saucy pulp and some of it will retain its shape better - this is what you want).
- Check the sweetness or acidity and correct to your taste with sugar or lemon juice.
- Once you’re happy with it, spoon everything into an oven proof dish, large enough to top with the sponge.
Whilst the apple is cooking you can make a start on the sponge.
- First beat the butter, sugar and vanilla until pale and fluffy.
- Add the egg a little at a time until all is combined; if the mixture starts to separate just add 1 or 2 spoonfuls of flour to stabilise and continue adding the eggs until fully incorporated.
- Next add the flour and bring together.
Spoon or pipe onto the apple compote, sprinkle with the almonds or Demerara sugar if using and bake for around 20 minutes at 180C/350F/GM4 until cooked and a skewer inserted into the sponge comes out clean.