Don’t you just love easy to prepare breakfasts and desserts? Like with this Apple Oat Crunch which takes just 5 minutes to prepare and 10 minutes in the oven to create a crunchy golden brown topping. It really makes an amazingly quick dessert or breakfast to prepare.
Actually there was a difficult part to this dessert…trying to take the pictures, with my sons waiting impatiently with spoons, ready to dig in.? So lesson learnt…next time double the recipe of whatever I am cooking or baking, let them get half and I can take pictures of the other half in peace. But I need to work fast…because they eat fast. Do you go through the same thing or is it just me,I would really love to know.
Making the Apple Oat Crunch
Anyway let’s get to the easy part …making this amazing dessert. Apple oat crunch is made with canned apples mixed with apricot jam and apple juice, you can add raisins like I did, but it is optional. It is placed in individual ramekins or cups and topped with the oats, sugar,flour and butter mixture. Then it is simply put into the oven just until the top turns golden brown, say for about 10 minutes. You could leave it to cool a bit ( does not happen in my home) and then serve it with a dollop of whipped cream. Super simple.
You could also use fresh apples if you prefer,it will just take about 10 minutes longer than using canned apples, because you have to peel, core and chop up the apples. If ever and whenever I use fresh apples, I usually steam it for about 5 minutes with the jam, apple juice and raisins just to soften it, to get it to the same texture and consistency of the canned apples. It is really not that much longer and it tastes just as delicious.
So either canned or fresh apples, this is a great dessert recipe for unexpected guests or that unexpected craving you have when you want an easy , and delicious dessert.
- 1 can / 385g pie apples or 3 medium fresh apples peeled, cored and chopped
- ¼ cup / 80g apricot jam
- 2 Tbsp / 30ml apple juice
- ¼ cup raisins optional
- ½ teaspoon powdered cinnamon
- ½ cup oats
- ½ cup all purpose / cake flour
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup butter OR margarine cut into pieces
- TO SERVE:
- whipped cream
Drain the apples and mix in the apricot jam and apple juice and raisins if using OR
If you are using fresh apples, peel the apples, remove the seeds and chop it up roughly. Then place in a small pot with the jam, apple juice, cinnamon and raisins if using. Cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes until soft.
Arrange in 4 individual ramekins or four cups.
Mix the oats, flour and sugar and rub in the butter OR margarine using your fingertips.
Top the apples with the oat mixture, dot with butter and bake at 180ºC for about 10 minutes until golden brown.
Serve with whipped cream and dusted powdered cinnamon.