Low Fat Apple Crumble.
If you're like me and have a sweet tooth and absolutely love desserts but have a problem with high cholesterol or weight, then this a traditional recipe for you. It's quick, delicious and tastes like it's terribly wicked.
This is a recipe for low fat fruit crumble. There are as many variations of this as your imagination will allow but I'll give you two of my favourites.
Get four large apples, any variety but cooking apples such as Bramley works well. Cut them into slices, removing the core and peel. Place them in a saucepan with some sugar substitute (Candarel or similar) and add a tablespoon of water and three whole cloves. Put them over a low heat for about 15 mins until cooked through. When cooked, transfer them to an oven proof dish.
Then you need to make the crumble topping. Get some wholegrain bread. Any rustic brown bread will do. Rub about three slices between your fingers until you make breadcrumbs. To the breadcrumbs add about 15 crushed walnut halves (crush them in a plastic bag with a rolling pin) and then add about a tablespoon of brown sugar. Mix the dry ingredients well and sprinkle over the cooked apple in the dish.
Cook in a medium oven (200c) for about 15 mins or until the topping is golden brown.
Serve with low fat custard (made with skimmed milk and sugar substitute).
This dessert is better than the usual apple crumble as it is lighter and tastier. The only fat comes from the walnuts. No butter, no oil and little sugar.
Another variation very popular in my house-hold is rhubarb and ginger crumble. It's made in exactly the same way, except with six thick sticks of rhubarb and two table spoons of chopped up crystalised ginger instead of the apple and cloves.
Give it a try, you'll be glad you did!