Individual Apple & Cinnamon Crumbles

Apple and cinnamon are a match made in heaven and nothing smells better on a cold winter’s night than apple crumble fresh out of the oven. Instead of making one large crumble, which can be messy to serve and tricky to get the right ratio of crumble to fruit, this makes 4 individual crumbles. Absolutely perfect paired with my traditional vanilla custard.

Ingredients (makes 4)
3 medium apples, peeled, cored and cut into 2cm dice
1½ tablespoons caster sugar
¼ cup water
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

½ cup self-raising flour
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup rolled oats
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
75g butter, melted

Preheat oven to 160°C fan-forced.

Cook apples, sugar and water in a medium saucepan over low heat, about 5 minutes. Drain; discard liquid.

Combine dry crumble ingredients in a medium bowl. Pour in melted butter and stir to combine.

Divide apple mixture between 4 medium sized ramekins. Top with crumble mixture.

Bake for 25-35 minutes or until the crumble is golden brown. Serve with vanilla custard, cream or ice cream. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from an old family recipe by Aunty Rae


Sticky Date Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce

When my sister and I were younger we loved nothing more than “sticky tape pudding” on a cold winter’s night. Not much has changed, but (to our great relief) we now know that the secret ingredient to our favourite pudding is not sticky tape. This dessert is perfect served warm out of the oven, swimming in a pool of butterscotch sauce, with a good helping of vanilla ice-cream.

P.S. This butterscotch sauce is liquid gold. I sometimes make it just to go on ice-cream for the ultimate sundae & it never lasts long in our household!


Ingredients (serves 6-8)
1 ½ cups chopped dates
1 cup water
1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
60g butter
¾ cup caster sugar
2 eggs
1 cup self raising flour, sifted

Butterscotch Sauce
125g butter
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
¼ cup golden syrup
300ml thickened cream


Grease and line a 20cm round cake pan with baking paper. Preheat oven to 180°C (160 fan-forced).

Combine dates and water in a small saucepan, bring to boil, remove from heat & then add bicarb soda and stand for 5 mins.

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time; combine well. Fold in flour alternately with date mixture into the egg mix and gently stir until combined.

Pour into prepared pan and bake for 50-60 minutes. Cool in pan.

Make sauce by heating butter in small saucepan, adding the sugar and syrup (handy hint: spray your ¼ cup with a bit of cooking oil before adding the golden syrup and it will come out much more easily!) and stirring over the heat (without boiling) until the sugar is dissolved. Simmer, uncovered, for 2 minutes without stirring. Remove from heat & stir in cream.

Pour ¼ cup of sauce over the pudding and return to the oven for a further 5 mins (with foil over the top so it doesn’t darken too much).

Cut into desired size pieces and serve with lots of sauce and vanilla ice-cream.


Recipe from Mum (originally adapted from The Australian Women’s Weekly)