My grandmother was German, she sadly passed away last year, and she was an amazing cook. I loved that she didn't need an occasion to cook for, she just did it for fun. Because my grandparents lived on their own she would always have too much food for them to consume so she would pop around with some delicious goodies for our family. My sister must of got some of her genes as she has followed the path of becoming a chef.
Anyway here goes... Oma's Apple Crumble Cake.
250g Self Raising Flour
3/4 cup of milk
2 Granny Smith Apples peeled, seeded and thinly sliced
For the crumble:
140g plain flour
110g vanilla sugar**
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 200*C. Line a 19cm round cake tin with baking paper. Cream the butter and sugar for the base of the cake. Gradually add the flour and milk. Pour into the cake tin. Top with the thinly sliced apple.
Now for the crumble. Place the flour, vanilla sugar and cinnamon in a bowl to mix. Add the butter. Rub the butter between your fingers to combine with the dry ingredients. You will see it starts to form clumps. If it is a little dry and is not forming the clumps just add a little water to the mix. When the crumble is formed spread over the apple. Cook in the oven for 40-45 minutes. Test with a skewer and if it comes out clean, you're ready!
Allow to cool for about 15 minutes. The cake is a dry kind of cake so it is best to serve with whipped cream, vanilla ice cream or warm custard. Perfect for those really cold winter days.
**Vanilla Sugar can be bought at some supermarkets and deli's but if you can't find it you can make your own. Add 1 or 2 vanilla beans into an airtight jar containing up to 2 cups of white sugar. Let the mixture to age for approx. 2 weeks. Simply replace the sugar as you use it, the vanilla beans will last indefinitely.