Fairview Homestead | Apple Crumble
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Apple Crumble

Older residents of George still remember raids into the apple orchards at Fairview -when it was finally decided to develop the suburb of Bergsig there was much debate whether to call the suburb Appelboord or Bergsig! Wwe still have one apple tree left. I would like to share the easiest apple crumble recipe you will ever try. Foolproof , with such basic ingredients that you’ll be able to whip it up in a flash.

Delicious served with custard, cream or ice cream.
switch oven to 180°Celsius.
Open two cans of tinned 410 g apple slices (or peach or pears…) Or stew about 4 apples in a pot with little water, a stick of cinnamon and  sugar to taste if you have your own apple tree!
Plonk into an oven proof dish (you’ll have to drain it if you use peaches or pears…)
In a mixing bowl : 1 and ¼ cup flour ; ¼ teaspoon salt ; 125g butter (margarine if you do not have butter) ; 1 cup sugar (white, brown, whatever…)
Rub between your finger until all crumbly and smooth over fruit (smooth down with a fork or the back of a spoon) Pop into the oven for 35 minutes – until brown.
That’s the basic recipe, but you could add a handful of slivered almonds or coconut ; I always add a whole cinnamon stick to the apples. Or half rhubarb ; half apple – that’s my favourite…

Philda Benkenstein

In 1995 we moved from Namibia to a town called George on the Garden Route in South Africa - we found a wonderful property,first registered in 1861. The place was very neglected, but I undertook to start a guest house, so that the house could at least pay for its own upkeep after the restoration, and of course - for Desmond's garden. That is the start of my life as a guest house owner and this is the story of a house and garden,lovingly restored and shared with our guests, with family and friends...

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