Hazelnut and apple crumble landscape


Apple crumble just like apple pie, is a comfort food I enjoy all year round but particularly so in winter. Although I can’t complain about the weather in Thailand (compared to Melbourne), rainy season has set in and the rain which I’ve keenly awaited to relieve the high summer heat; has left me with serious cravings for winter style desserts.


Hazelnut and applce crumble portrait


I’ve experimented with a few versions of apple crumble, including one substituting apples for mango. Due to personal taste and the fruits available here, I have stuck with apples, and this hazelnut and apple crumble recipe, which I now declare my staple, contains a few tweaks to what you might see in more classic versions. In terms of the crumb, I have added maca powder for its nutty flavour, as well as crushed hazelnuts which for me really makes this dish. In terms of the apples, rather than wet them with water, I’ve gone for a chocolate malt flavoured tea, I used this one by TWG which is an old favourite.

Let me know what you think and if you try this hazelnut and apple crumble at home. Enjoy!

JC x


Hazelnut and apple crumble landscape


Hazelnut and Apple Crumble

Makes 4 small ramekins (pictured) or one small baking dish.


3 tbs butter

3 tbs brown/coconut sugar

4 cloves

3 tbs chocolate malt tea (I use this one)

3 cooking apples, cored and sliced into ‘bite’ sizes

1-2 tsp’s cinnamon

1 tbs maca powder

30 hazelnuts roasted hazelnuts, crushed

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

4 tbs rolled oats



Set oven at 190 degrees

Places apples in dish or ramekins along with cloves

Rub butter and flour together until mixture becomes crumbly, then add in maca powder, sugar, cinnamon and oats

Sprinkle the mixture over the apples

Bake for 30 minutes or until hazelnut and apple crumble is golden brown


(Images by Jen Curcio)


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