|Preparation time: 60 minutes|
150g golden caster sugar
For the crumble:
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Put the golden caster sugar and 50ml water into a pan and cook over a low heat until it’s a chestnut caramel colour.
Peel, core and cut the apples into 4cm dice. Add to the caramel and stir over a high heat for 5 minutes. Put in a dish, season with black pepper and add the thyme. Stir, then set aside to cool.
Preheat the oven to 180°C/fan160°/gas 4. Make the crumble. In a bowl, rub the butter and flour together (you can do this in a food processor if you prefer). Add the semolina, almonds, zests and sugar. Fold in the pine nuts and a pinch of salt. Place the mix on a baking paper lined tray and cook in the oven for 35 – 40 minutes, stirring halfway. Cool.
Warm the apple either in a pan or the microwave. Spoon into bowls, top with the crumble and serve with custard, if you like.