Can You Use Red Apples For Apple Crumble

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WHAT APPLES SHOULD I USE?

So, since I got these apples while I was apple picking I have absolutely no idea what type of apples they are. Normally for baking the go-to is a granny smith. However, I have to say I have baked with quite a few different apple types and I have always enjoyed the outcome so don’t be afraid to just use what you have in the house! The apples I used were medium sized and red they were definitely not McIntosh apples because the apple orchard didn’t have any in season at that time. My only rule for this is that you should definitely peel the apples. In a cake I normally don’t mind if the apples aren’t peeled but for this you should.

THE CRUMBLE TOPPING

The magic of this dessert is of course that gorgeous crumble topping. It really doesn’t get better than that. The most important part is to make sure the vegan butter and flour have mixed together well. Do not let there be dry white bits of flour otherwise it will result in a not so great crumble. So, keep on crumbling it together until the crumble resembles wet sand. If you like bigger pieces of crumble just be sure to leave some bigger clumps and don’t break everything down quite so small.

TOPPINGS

Of course I would say the most classic topping on an apple dessert is some sort of ice cream (in our case vegan ice cream). I did put a little powdered sugar glaze on top of mine just to give it a little something extra but that is totally optional. I also sometimes like to pair mine with some vegan cocowhip, gives it the same feel as vegan ice cream but good for when I don’t have any in the house. You can even add a drizzle of maple syrup, some nuts, vegan caramel. There are tons of ways to customize the top of this dessert.

VEGAN BUTTER

There are of course a lot of vegan butters to choose from these days, which is amazing. My go to has actually become a generic store version from Shop Rite but the Miyokos is one of my all time favorites as well! Most vegan butters are salted so I just used salted butter for everything which has always been fine. The Earth Balance butter is a second favorite but I know is the most common and easiest to find. You can also use coconut oil in place of the vegan butter if you prefer.

Recipe overview

Apples: Thinly sliced apples are tossed with apple juice, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. A couple tablespoons of flour thicken the apple mixture and then they get placed in a baking dish.

Crumb topping: Combine brown sugar, granulated sugar, flour, salt, and cinnamon. Cut cold butter into the dry ingredients until you have a crumbly mixture with small pieces of butter all throughout.

Baking: Start baking this apple crumble covered with foil. This allows the apples to begin to soften without the topping burning. After about 20 minutes, remove the foil and let the crumble finish cooking uncovered. Once the juices are bubbling, the topping is golden brown, and the apples are tender, it is done!

What is the difference between an apple crisp and an apple crumble?

The fruit filling of our crisp and crumble are the same; it is the topping that is different. An apple crisp topping includes oats and uses melted butter, which create a crispier texture while baking in the oven. An apple crumble topping is more of a traditional crumb topping (no oats), similar to what you would see on an apple pie or a crumb cake. Cold butter gets cut into the flour and sugar creating a drier, almost sandy texture

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