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.
Making the Apple Oat Crunch
Apple oat crunch is made with canned apples, mixed with apricot jam and apple juice, you can add raisins as 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.
Can I use fresh apples?
Definitely, though the preparation time might just take 10 minutes longer when using fresh apples.
That's because the apples need to be peeled, cored and chopped.
Whenever I use fresh apples, I usually steam them for about 5 minutes with jam, apple juice and raisins just to soften them. This helps achieve the same texture and consistency as the canned apples.
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.
Apple Oat Crunch
- 1 can / 385g pie apples or 3 medium fresh apples peeled, cored and chopped
- ¼ cup apricot jam
- 2 tablespoon 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 cut into pieces
- 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.