The Home Economics Bit
The Rubbing In Method
The rubbing in method is a technique used in baking where flour is rubbed into a fat to make dishes such as crumbles, scones and shortcrust pastry. Using your fingertips, the flour and butter are rubbed together until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
Butterscotch Apple Crumble
- 650 g cooking apples peeled, cored and sliced
- 75 g light muscovado sugar
- 25 g butter
- Finely grated zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 100 ml water
For the crumble
- 125 g plain gluten free flour sieved
- 75 g butter diced
- 25 g gluten free oats
- 50 g caster sugar
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
- Peel and core the apples.
- Slice the apples thinly and and place them into the bottom of an oven proof dish.
- Place the sugar, butter, lemon zest and juice, and salt in a saucepan with water. Bring to the boil, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved and the butter has melted.
- Pour the butterscotch over the sliced apples and stir with a wooden spoon until the apples are coated evenly in the sauce.
- Dice the butter and add it to a large mixing bowl along with the sieved flour.
- Rub the butter into the flour until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs.
- Stir in the gluten free oats and the sugar.
- Spoon the crumble on top of the apples and bake in the preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes, until bubbling and golden.
- Delicious served warm with with homemade custard or vanilla ice cream.