I love Bonfire Night, even though I rarely celebrate it on today's date - it's usually on the nearest Saturday, when the St Albans fireworks display happens. It was only a few years ago that I realised it wasn't just your standard fireworks display, and people come from all over the local area to see it. One of the best in the country, apparently - I feel so sheltered that I don't know any different! But also, you know, super lucky and stuff.
We usually wrap up warm and bring flasks of mulled wine and cider along to drink as we "Oooh" and "Ahhh" at the glittering lights in the sky, then spend the rest of the evening in the pub. It's one of my favourite nights of the year. This year though, because we're all in our thirties now and life stuff happens, we've got pregnant ladies and small kids along for the ride and need some non-alcoholic alternatives so I'm packing a flask of Taylors Apple Tea too. Apple tea is the only tea I like, fun fact.
Taylors challenged me to spice up an appley recipe and, in the spirit of my somewhat boozy bonfire night memories, I opted for an apple crumble. The apples are caramelised first in butter, brown sugar and a splash of amaretto and Jack Daniel's, another splash of amaretto, before being topped with my mum's classic crumble.
Alcoholic Apple Crumble
4 large cooking apples
100g dark brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
50 ml amaretto (optional)
25 ml Jack Daniel's (optional)
60g plain flour
60g butter, cubed, room temperature
50g toasted flaked almonds (optional)
2. Melt the butter in a large frying pan then add the sugar, cinnamon and ginger and stir together until melted.
3. On a medium heat, place all your apple slices in the pan and cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring regularly, until soft.
4. Transfer the apples to an oven-proof dish and pour over the amaretto and Jack Daniel's, then get started on the crumble.
5. Cut the butter into cubes and transfer to a large bowl along with the sugar, oats and flour. With your hands, rub together until combined and it looks like, well, crumble. Roughly chop the almonds and stir through.
6. Add the crumble mixture to the top of the apple mixture, and cook in the oven for about 30 minutes on 180 degrees / gas mark 4, until the top is golden and the fruit is bubbling around the edges.
7. Serve hot, with custard or ice cream. Probably custard, let's be honest here. Why wouldn't you have custard?
This is amazing, rich and wonderful and I am sad it's gone. No Weight Watchers points on this one, because honestly, I don't want to know - do you?
Written in collaboration with Taylors Tea