Release Date : 01-May-2015
Author : Isa Du Toit
There’s no need to cook or blanch the apples beforehand - the oven cooking time is sufficient.
Add more almonds or apples (or crumble!) as you’d like - the ratio of crumble to apple can easily be changed depending what you prefer.
Leaving the sultanas to soak for longer makes them even more plump and delicious.
Apples are full of goodness and nutrients. Apples contain pectin, a form of soluble fibre which helps lower cholesterol and keep blood sugar levels stable. Pectin cleanses the intestines, binding with waste products and eliminating them from the body. (Apples are traditionally known as the body’s broom!) It also aids the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut. Pectin helps to eliminate toxins and heavy metals from the body; it also helps to eliminate excess fluids.
Apples are good for skin problems, arthritis, rheumatism and gout; it is a traditional aid for joint problems. Grated apple can stop diarrhoea. Apples contain high levels of quercetin that helps protect against damage and a build up in the arteries from cholesterol; it may also help protect the lungs from pollution.The malic acid in apples cleanses the liver, relieves indigestion and breaks down fats. It also plays a role in the production of energy.
Apples contain Vitamin C, are easily digestible and hydrating (they are about 85% water).
Almonds are a rich source of vitamin E, protecting against heart disease. Almonds are a good source of calcium (one of the richest non-animal sources), essential for healthy bones and teeth. Almonds can help lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease; they contain fibre and minerals such as zinc and magnesium.
Sources and further reading: Wonderfoods: Natalie Savona, The Complete Superfoods Cookbook: Michael van Straten, Healing Foods: Miriam Polunin
Juice of one orange
3oz/85g cold butter
3oz/85g golden granulated sugar
3oz/85g plain white flour
1oz/30g selfraising or plain brown flour
1oz/30g flaked almonds
4 crisp eating apples (Braeburn or Coxes are very good)