Feeding children doesn't always turn out the way you expect - I never imagined I'd have a child who'd refuse to eat a strawberry, apple or banana! Despite hating fruit ever since he was old enough to voice an opinion Mr R has always loved crumble. Apart from smoothies and cakes it's long been the only way in which he'll eat fruit. When he was very little I didn't tell him that there was fruit in it but now he accepts that there is fruit in crumble and eats it quite happily. Which gives me much hope for the future that he might start to enjoy raw fruit as well.
In a week when the kids' vegetable intake was particularly low (there's only so many times I can serve up pasta, sausages, meatballs etc in a sneaky veg sauce after all!) I decided to try putting some sweet potato into a crumble, figuring that it was just sweet enough to convince my picky eaters that it was tasty enough to eat. The first time I made it Mr R ate it happily but little Miss R objected to the orange chunks and refused to even try it. So I made it again and mashed the potato before mixing it with the apple. This time she ate it happily, leaving me feeling glad that she's eaten some veg, but still with a long way to go before she'll choose to eat a sweet potato.
2 large bramley apples, peeled, cored and chopped
1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped. then boiled until soft and mashed
110g (4oz) plain flour
75g butter, chopped into small pieces
50g dark brown sugar
75g oatmeal, porridge oats or chopped nuts
Pre-heat the oven to 200°C.
Mix together the chopped apples and mashed sweet potato in a medium sized oven proof dish.
To make the crumble topping rub together the flour and butter with your fingertips, or in a food processor, until it resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar and oats or nuts. Spread evenly over the apple and sweet potato mixture.
Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes until golden brown. Serve with custard or ice cream.
The crumble topping in this recipe contains sugar. If you prefer you can make it with a sugar-free topping such as this one.