This is a recipe for those of you who, even in the depths of summer, where long, parched days bleed endlessly into each other, crave the comforts of winter. The thought of a chicken roasting in the oven while it greyly snows outside, of roast potatoes and gravy. Apple crumble trifle brings a dish usually banished to shorter, colder days and marries it to that glory of summer cooking, the trifle.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/360°F/
- Begin by blitzing together the butter, oats, sugar and flour. This should make a soft, damp mixture prone to clumping.
- Sprinkle this over a baking tray and bake for around 30 mins. Half way through the cooking time give everything a stir to break it up and make it into craggy lumps. When it's golden brown set it aside to cool.
- Meanwhile, toss the apples with the sugar and roast them until soft and sticky.
- Whisk the cream with the vanilla essence and sugar until it makes stiff peaks, then layer it with the apples, a little caramel and crumble in a trifle dish.
- Eat immediately.