Thursday, February 05, 2009

"What To Do With A..."#3: Apple Mincemeat Crumble

I totally realize that mincemeat is an acquired taste and that it's not everyone's cup of tea. Most of my family loves it though, and I always make a huge batch of mini mincemeat tarts at Christmas time. They never last long. The PC mincemeat I purchase comes in a 700mL jar, and I always wind up with a scant cup or so left over after making 4 - 5 dozen mini tarts. Mincemeat is full of sugar and booze so it'll last forever in your fridge - even until next Christmas. But, since I share a fridge with my roommate, it's within my best interest to move the bits and pieces of left over stuff out ASAP. On Sunday I went over to my brother and SIL's for dinner and offered to bring dessert. After agonizing about what to bring, I decided to opt for something simple and remembered this recipe for mincemeat crumble from Canadian Living. I also remembered my little bit of left over mincemeat in the fridge, waiting for me to transform it into something yummy. This recipe is my adaptation of that CL recipe, and I've actually made it before, in 2007, when I had a similar amount of left over mincemeat after making the Christmas tarts. It was a hit.

Apple Mincemeat Crumble

4 cups peeled, sliced apples (I used these, which made this super quick and easy for me)
about 1 cup or so of mincemeat
1 tbsp corn starch
2 tbsp sugar
2 tsp lemon juice

Crumble topping:
1 cup oats
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup butter at room temperature

Combine apples, cornstarch, sugar, and lemon juice in a mixing bowl. Add in the mincemeat. Place the mixture in a greased or parchment-lined 8" square baking pan.

For the crumble, combine all dry ingredients. Break up the butter into small pieces and, using your hands, combine with the dry ingredients until crumbly. Put on top of apple mixture. Bake at 350F for 35 - 45 minutes, or until golden brown and the filling bubbles up through the topping.

My brother had a jar of double Devonshire cream kicking around, so we served the crumble with it and it was delish!



Mam said...

Ummmmmmmm, mincemeat, never thought of using it in crumble. I'm the only one in my family that likes mincemeat. After tarts, I use the rest to make cookies.

Bellini Valli said...

That's too funny Re Torte. I was just in the process of adding you to my Canadian list of food bloggers and commenting here when I received your message. As you said it is great to find another BC'er here on these pages. Yes I am from the Okanagan!!Oh yes...and I do love mincemeat. My mom always made tarts at Christmas:D

Navita said...

thts some crumble to me is just sweet...gr8 idea.
love this recipe..its for keeps.

Joie de vivre said...

How creative. That looks wonderful.

Helene said...

Can you believe that I never bought mincemeat. I would like to taste that crumble. I love crumble with lot's of ice cream.

Judith said...

Where did you find Devonshire cream in the middle of nowhere?


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