November 5 might be all about fireworks and flames, but don’t forget the food to go with them.
By the time November comes around, the clocks have gone back and the nights have drawn in.
The weather has normally taken a turn for the worse too, providing the perfect excuse to wrap up in a scarf, hat and gloves, and warm up with some delicious food.
Try this tasty dish you can tuck into after the fireworks display.
Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5.
Baked apple and toffee crumble
For the apples:
100g pitted soft dates, snipped into small pieces with scissors
85g light muscovado sugar
3tbsp dark rum (or orange juice)
25g unsalted butter
1tsp mixed spice
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
4 Bramley apples, about 800g, peeled, cored and cut into 1cm rings
For the crumble:
125g plain flour
100g unsalted butter
50g light muscovado sugar
3tbsp jumbo oats
25g flaked almonds
Custard or ice cream, to serve
Put everything for the apple layer, except the lemon juice and apples, into a bowl and microwave on high for one and a half minutes.
Toss in the apples and lemon juice, then spoon into a medium baking dish.
Rub the flour and butter together, first into fine crumbs, then keep going until the mix forms bigger clumps.
Stir in the sugar, oats and almonds. Scatter the crumble mixture over the fruit, then cover with foil and bake for one hour, removing the foil for the final 30 minutes, until golden and bubbling.
Rest for 10 minutes, then serve with custard or ice cream.