Apple and Fig Crumble

Apple and Fig Crumble

Several years ago, the thought of asking a complete stranger if I could take photographs on their orchard would have seemed ridiculous.  Fast forward a few years and life has changed.  I now find myself looking for different ways to tell stories through food and photos and sometimes this means approaching strangers.  Thank you to social media for making like minded people easier to find and for taking some of the weirdness out of it.

On Sunday I took a quick road trip and visited a particularly lush and abundant orchard in search of apples.  These Fuji apples were due to be picked the very next day so I was just in time, thanks to the generosity of the property owners.  I traded home grown lamb, sourdough and olive oil for camera time with the apples and I wished that more transactions in life could be as fulfilling.  I also wished that I could just lose myself in the cool shade of those trees more regularly, observing their changes and their characteristics.

As I made my way home I took the long way just so I could drive past a favourite strip of road side stalls.  Discovering fresh figs perfectly wrapped and carefully placed in an old fridge with an honesty box filled me with joy.  Perhaps its just me who gets excited about these things!

There will be more apple inspired photos to come from my adventure but until then I hope you enjoy this recipe with plenty of cream or ice-cream.  The figs are optional but I would recommend them if you can find them.

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Are you picking or cooking apples?

Would you take the long way just to drive past a good road side stall?

Cream or ice-cream?

Happy Sunday, friends x

5 from 2 votes
Apple and Fig Crumble
Apple and Fig Crumble
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
Course: Dessert
Serves: 6
INGREDIENTS
Fruit Base
  • 6 green apples peeled, cored and chopped into cubes
  • 4-6 fresh figs quartered
  • 60 g brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon ground
Topping
  • 100 g rolled oats
  • 30 g shredded coconut
  • 30 g flaked or slivered almonds
  • 90 g brown sugar
  • 40 g plain flour
  • 75 g butter melted
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.  Combine fruit, sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl.  Place fruit mixture in an ovenproof dish.

  2. Combine all of the topping ingredients in a large bowl. 

  3. Spread the topping mixture evenly over the top of the fruit mixture.  Bake for 40 minutes or until the topping is golden and the fruit is bubbling and soft.  Serve warm with cream or ice-cream. 

23 Comments

  1. Reply

    Cheryl

    March 25, 2018

    I ADORE a good crumble!
    It doesn’t matter what the sweet fruity filling is, everything works in my books.
    Ice Cream…always…there is something so satisfying about hot fruity deserts and cold ice cream, slowly melting it’s rivers of white down the sides.
    It’s cool and showery and Autumn like here today…Hmmm…just perfect for a crumbly desert tonight in my opinion 😉

    • Reply

      Jane S

      March 31, 2018

      Thanks Cheryl, you describe a crumble beautifully!

  2. Reply

    Francesca

    March 25, 2018

    I have both apples and figs coming out of my ears, and if you lived a little closer, you could come and pick some here Jane. This looks like a lovely simple and honest recipe using all the pantry staples and it will be the next thing I make. Thanks for the prompt.

    • Reply

      Jane S

      March 31, 2018

      Thank you Francesca, I would love to visit you and your trees!

  3. Reply

    Sue Heward

    March 25, 2018

    I love this going to try today cheers Sue

    • Reply

      Jane S

      March 31, 2018

      Thank you Sue…I am looking forward to meeting you in Orange!

  4. Reply

    Kate

    March 25, 2018

    I have apples and pears that I was going to stew and add to my morning cereal, but I think a crumble is just what’s needed tonight. Yum.

    I am as equally excited by roadside produce stalls and as there are no long winding country roads here, the monthly produce swaps are our equivalent.

    • Reply

      Jane S

      March 31, 2018

      Your swaps always sound lovely Katie!

  5. Reply

    Kate B

    March 25, 2018

    I love a good crumble and apple and fig sound perfect Jane xx

    • Reply

      Jane S

      March 31, 2018

      Thanks Kate, Happy Easter x

  6. Reply

    Mimi

    March 26, 2018

    This is fabulous! I didn’t expect you to use fresh figs for some reason!

    • Reply

      Jane S

      March 31, 2018

      Thank you Mimi! Lovely to hear from you.

  7. Reply

    Brydie

    March 26, 2018

    It’s funny how things slowly change don’t they Jane. Asking a complete stranger to take a picture crazy crazy one year and then the next year you realise, yeah that’s all completely changed.
    Crumble is still one of my favourites for dessert, you can’t go wrong.

    (and ice cream and cream…as my Grandpa says! 🙂

    • Reply

      Jane S

      March 31, 2018

      Ice cream and cream sounds good to me Brydie! Your grandpa is a wise man.

  8. Reply

    Laura

    March 26, 2018

    I recently foraged a few kilos of apples which were turned into a few crumbles, dried slices and some spiced compote for winter porridge. I think if I could get my hands on some fresh figs they’d be eaten up too quickly to make it into a crumble!!
    I’d definitely take the long way to go past a road stall (especially if there were figs).
    If I had to choose I’d go cream but if not i’ll have both please.
    Have a great week.
    Cheers,
    Laura

    • Reply

      Jane S

      March 31, 2018

      Thank you Laura, so lovely to read your comment!

  9. Reply

    Annie Bart

    March 26, 2018

    Whilst I was away visiting newly settled family we found some old apple trees on their new property. Such excitement, so we just had to have apple crumble that night. I love the idea of adding figs though. Must try that. Might have to take a trip to my old home where there is a very good fig tree by the workshop! You must have had fun Jane and what a lovely swap. I bet they are still licking their lips.

    • Reply

      Jane S

      March 31, 2018

      Those old apple trees sounded amazing Annie, what a find! Happy Easter x

  10. Reply

    Anne

    March 26, 2018

    How wonderful to come upon a roadside stall selling fresh figs. Must admit though that if I’d bought figs, they probably wouldn’t have made it to the crumble. Your crumble topping with oats and coconut sounds interesting – makes mine seem very plain and boring so I shall have to try it when the apples ripen.
    Custard with crumble. Always.
    Should you ever need a photo shoot amongst Christmas trees, just let me know …

    • Reply

      Jane S

      March 31, 2018

      Oh yes…custard is a wonderful addition Anne. Thanks for the reminder. I would love to create a magical photo shoot in your Christmas trees, I can almost picture it now.

  11. Reply

    Kylie

    March 31, 2018

    Hi Jane. Lovely to catch up with what you have been up to via your beautiful blog. Always inspiring to hear of people being ‘brave’. ❤️
    No apple picking for me. Am taking a fast from posting on Instagram, however made an exception to celebrate my beautiful first born recently. I have 2 more books you may like. I’ll take a photo and email to see if they are of interest.
    Happy photo taking and exploring the long way home. My husband and I took the long way home to visit a friend last year. Darwin to Broken Hill via Carins. Lots of fun 😊

    • Reply

      Jane S

      March 31, 2018

      Thank you so much Mrs Green! I would appreciate those books, thanks for thinking of me. You and your husband take wonderful expeditions. Happy Easter!

  12. Reply

    Liz

    April 14, 2018

    Oh Jane, how exquisite!

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