Apple, Lychee and blackberry (coconut)crumble with rose, cinnamon, cardamon and star anise

6 Dec

Spiced Apple, Lychee and blackberry crumble
I watched the entire 30odd minutes of kangaroo Dundee today. What is wrong with me? I watched a whole programme about a tall and strong looking fellow rescuing and nursing baby kangaroos, becoming their mother

It did get me thinking about comfort though. The primitive need. My boy fell over at playgroup whilst playing away from me and he walked around searching from me in cries that escalated in volume until he found me.

No matter where I am in the world, I always crave okra curry and hot chapatti with yoghurt after a few days. Why does it feel so easy, warm and calm to wake up next to someone you love each day. Remember the feeling of laying your head in your mothers lap and having your hair stroked, or sitting on the lap of your mum or dad in a crowd, the safe place. Maybe the smell of chips is comforting because it was a regular treat, a common feature in the winter take-away suggestions on a Friday or on blustery days by the seaside, laughing with loved ones. Or remember that time when we escaped from arguing relatives, hit the road and ended up at the seaside, in the dark in a bank holiday with nothing to eat, but chips.

Maybe the reason I keep Bollywood serials running in the background is because it feels like someone is there, maybe the sounds are familiar in a way that other shows aren’t or maybe there transport me to times when I actually watched a movie without gadgets for distraction. It’s comforting. Perhaps kadhi is cajoling because its what I’ve always eaten with khichdi when I’ve been sick. Growing up my mum would persuade me to go to the temple with her, she said she got some peace of mind at the temple. I never understood it, until I grew up.

My next recipe offers me comfort. My uncle has become old and frail, but memories of him are younger, still very mature and active. His garden was well tended back in the day. I loved walking along the oaths that were lined with unusual flowers, lots of them. I would head straight for the back of the garden, where a swing hung from an enormous tree. I’d swing and avoid kicking apples. I knew my dad would be carrying them home for apple pie.

Nowadays I give this recipe an exotic and spiced twist. The juices burst through the top of the crumble and make I could drink it. It’s really good, try it.

3 cooking apples, peeled, cored and chopped (I used Bramley apples)
150g Blackberries
150g lychees, stoned and halved
120g sugar
1 tsp. ground cardamom
1 stick of cinnamon
2 star anise
50ml rose water
A generous knob of butter

For the crumble topping
150g plain flour
100g caster sugar
100g butter
75g dedicated coconut

1. Pre-heat the oven to 180degrees
2. Make the crumble topping first, by combining the sugar and the flour, then rubbing in the butter gently, to make a bread-crumb like texture. Then add the desiccated coconut. When it’s ready, put it in the fridge until the topping is needed.image
3. Turn your attention to the fruit, by heating and melting the butter in a pan and adding the Apples and sugar. Crisp the apples up for 3-4 minutes before stirring in the cinnamon, rose water, cardamom, and star anise. Turn off the heat and add the blackberries and lychees
4. Turn the fruit into an oven-proof dish and spread the crumble topping over the fruit, evenlyimage
Bake the crumble in the oven for approximately 20-25minutes before serving…ideally hot!

20 Responses to “Apple, Lychee and blackberry (coconut)crumble with rose, cinnamon, cardamon and star anise”

  1. Tanya December 6, 2013 at 11:38 pm #

    Oh yum, this sounds delicious:)

    • Deena Kakaya December 6, 2013 at 11:40 pm #

      Thanks Tanya for stopping by and being the first to comment. I appreciate it. Yes, it is gorgeous and the juices are so wonderful as they taste of the fruits and the spices. A lovely one for Christmas I think. I hope you’ll try it xx

      • Tanya December 7, 2013 at 8:54 am #

        I plan to definately and have some with a little bit of cream:)

  2. atasteofmadess December 7, 2013 at 4:52 am #

    This looks great. What a combination of ingredients! I’m sure it tastes like heaven 😉

    • Deena Kakaya December 7, 2013 at 9:31 am #

      Hello! Yes the spices and fruits make for amazing flavours, it’s very exotic, floral, spiced and just a novel experience. I like that it’s so easy to do too! I hope you’ll try it. Thanks so much for stopping by xxx

  3. Jaishree December 7, 2013 at 9:23 am #

    Love this recipe!
    Sounds lovely definitely going to try it

    • Deena Kakaya December 7, 2013 at 9:26 am #

      Thanks Jaishree for taking the time to cl

    • Deena Kakaya December 7, 2013 at 9:29 am #

      Hi Jaishree, thanks for taking the time to comment, I really appreciate it!

      The juices of the fruits are amazing in this recipe, you can taste all of the spices and rose water. It’s such a quick and easy one to do as well. I hope you really enjoy it x

  4. greenmackenzie December 7, 2013 at 9:55 am #

    This sounds wonderfully comforting on a cold grey winter day… might taste like a little burst of sun I imagine. I will try it next time I need a pudding 🙂

    • Deena Kakaya December 7, 2013 at 9:56 am #

      Thank you so much for the lovely words…it is indeed an exotic burst of sunshine, I contemplated it for breakfast this morning! I hope you will enjoy it xx

  5. Ahila December 7, 2013 at 11:48 am #

    Looks delicious, Deena! A dessert that I would certainly try making if I could get hold of some blackberries here.

    • Deena Kakaya December 7, 2013 at 11:49 am #

      Hi Ahila, great to hear for you. I used blackberries from my freezer, I had picked them with my boy in the summer x

  6. Dipti December 7, 2013 at 11:57 am #

    Hi Deena

    This sounds almost as comforting as getting a bear cuddle from my baby girl! 🙂 would custard work with it as thats what i normally do when I make my apple & pear crumble? My husband loves crumbles so I will definitely give this a try. Have a lovely weekend! 🙂

    • Deena Kakaya December 7, 2013 at 11:59 am #

      Hello Dipti, so lovely to hear from you and aah, what a lovely thing to compare it to a cuddle from your baby girl 🙂

      Yeah, I think custard would be great or even vanilla ice cream…mmm… I really hope you enjoy this one. The juices are fabulous because you can taste the fruits and the spices with the rose water. Xx

  7. Aara December 9, 2013 at 12:59 am #

    Hello Deena!
    This Recipe of yours is so new to me and interesting with so many flavors infused together should be really yummy!!

    Thank you for stopping by my space and commenting at white khichdi! Your Query has been answered pls do check there! for some reason, I tot commenting here with ur question would be so much unrelated 🙂

    I guess Ive been missing your updates! Why not add Followers Button to ur space? that would be great for readers like me 🙂 Anyhow for now im following ur page on fb, Do stay connected !!

    Also pls do let me know when u add Followers Button I would love to follow u without missing ur updates 🙂

    • Deena Kakaya December 9, 2013 at 8:48 am #

      Hello Aara, great to hear from you. I’m so so pleased that you like this recipe and hope you’ll try it.

      I will follow your site, sure. I’m not on WordPress but you can subscribe I email updates on mine. Great to connect with you x

  8. Allison (Spontaneous Tomato) December 12, 2013 at 7:47 pm #

    I love your idea to use lychees in a crumble! I am a huge fan of lychees but I never thought of baking with them…

    • Deena Kakaya December 12, 2013 at 7:49 pm #

      Hi Alison, great to see a comment from you! The lychee works so wonderfully well with the spices and fruits, it just tastes quite exotic and not overly sweet, I hope that you will try this one out xx

  9. Humaira January 27, 2014 at 2:17 pm #

    ooh this sounds perfect – a good combination of some of my favourite ingredients! cannot wait to try it this weekend..thanks! x

    • Deena Kakaya January 27, 2014 at 2:21 pm #

      Hello Humaira, thanks so much fir getting in touch. In really glad you like this one, the juices are incredible! I hope you enjoy it x

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