Pepper apple and strawberry crumble

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This pepper apple and strawberry crumble is a twist on the traditional recipe of the crumble. Be ready for a radical change in taste! The recipe is inspired from a bakes apple recipe from Yotam Ottolenghi.  The pepper is not at all overpowering, it brings up a different flavour combination.

  • 4 apples (3 if quite large) – all apples are good, although the granny smith are likely to be a bit bitter (not my favourite)
  • 1 punnet of strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon of pink peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
  • Black cracked pepper
  • for the crumble: 150 g of flour, 75 g of soft butter, 60 g of caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup of orange juice (or water)
  • 1 tablespoon of pistachio (shells removed)
  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C.
  2. Prepare the crumble top: place sugar, flour and sugar in a bowl and rub until the ingredients are combined in a rough sand (or gravel to be more exact!).  Cut the pistachios with a large knife and set aside.
  3. Peel and cut the apples in small pieces. Rinse the strawberries and cut in quarters. Place the fruits in the baking tray with the orange juice. add the cinnamon.  Toss.
  4. Crack the black pepper all over (a bit les than for a steak) and sprinkle the pink peppercorn all around.
  5. Sprinkle the crumble all over, then the pistachios.
  6. Bake until golden brown on top.
  7. Serve on its own or with a creme anglaise.


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