It's true, why would you just stop at apples when you could add some wonderful dulce de leche (milk jam) and make it the indulgent dessert you truly deserve this Autumn. It even has a delicious gluten free crumble mix that has good things such as oats and nuts in it.
This dessert has wonderful flavours and you would nearly want to eat it straight from the dish out of the oven. But it's nice to let it cool down a bit so you can scoop some out into a little serving bowl. Curl up on the couch with a book and enjoy every single spoonful of your warm dessert. It may be cold outside (and even pouring rain!) but that little moment is heavenly.
For this dessert, choose apples that are suitable for baked desserts, they will soften much faster in the cooking process. I got some from the Cox variety and they were just perfect for this dessert.
As for the dulce de leche, I know it can be found around (look also for milk jam or confiture de lait) but it is easy to make yourself too, there are some good recipes online (I put a link under the recipe). It is also too easy to eat it on its own so make sure you keep enough for your crumble!
Ingredients (serves 4 to 6 people)
400g apples (approximately 3 to 4 apples, cut into 2cm cubes)*
200g dulce de leche (milk jam)**
For the crumble mix
40g buckwheat flour
20g almond meal
50g brown muscovado sugar
20g chopped roasted hazelnuts
50g diced unsalted butter
1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC.
Put all the dry ingredients for the crumble mix in a baking bowl. Add the diced butter and rub it into the dry ingredients until the mixture looks like large breadcrumbs.
2. Place the cubed apples and the dulce de leche in a large bowl and mix well until all the apple pieces are coated.
Transfer into a baking dish and cover with the crumble mix.
3. Place the dish on the middle shelf of the oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes (until the crumble is golden on top and the apple and dulce de leche mixture is bubbling).
Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream. Or just eat it on its own like I do.
* For this recipe, I used apples of the Cox variety. They are lovely and sweet and are perfect for cooked apple desserts.
** You can buy ready-made dulce de leche or make your own like I did for this recipe. You can find easy recipes online such as this one in which the only ingredient is sweetened condensed milk.
*** Make sure to pick carefully for a gluten free dessert.