Over the last year or so I have been attempting cooking more deserts. One that has worked well for me has been rhubarb crumble.
The way I make this is I take some nice fresh rhubarb, cut it into half inch chunks, place in a saucepan, add a glass of white wine and some sugar and cook for about ten minutes.
The recipe I did look at talked about using port, well I didn’t have any port, but I did have some white wine in the fridge so I used that.
In terms of sugar, a lot depends on how sweet you like your crumble, I personally prefer a slightly more tart fruit filling over a sugary sweet one, so add sugar to taste.
Leave the fruit mixture to cool and make the crumble topping (or cheat and buy one).
Place the fruit mixture into a dish and top with the crumble mixture.
At this point, if I have made a few, I will place the spare ones in the freezer. If I want to eat it now place in a medium oven for 20 minutes or until the crumble starts to brown or the fruit bubbles through.
Serve with custard (or cream if you are that way inclined).
If you are looking for a cheap hotel, that isn’t Travelodge, then I am usually quite pleased with Premier Inn. I’ve felt that Premier Inn, which is generally not that much more expensive than the Travelodge have nicer rooms and definitely much nicer breakfasts. On a recent trip to Cambridge I stayed at the Premier Inn near to the A14. Knowing that I was arriving late on a Sunday, I decided to take advantage of their £22 meal deal.
Enjoy a delicious three course evening meal from our Meal Deal menu featuring specially selected dishes, plus a drink of your choice. Then the next day, eat as much as you like of our freshly prepared Premier breakfast, all for just £22.
As breakfast on its own costs £8.25 I thought that wasn’t such a bad deal.
Having arrived ordered a pint of bitter (part of the deal) and looked over the menu.
For the starter I went with the classic Prawn Cocktail, served on crisp salad leaves with tomato, cucumber, a classic Marie Rose sauce and buttered brown bread.
Interestingly the menu you download from the web site says that this can’t be chosen as part of the meal deal, whereas the menu at the hotel says it can be. There were similar inconsistencies across other items too. As for the prawn cocktail, well I was surprised to see large prawns, I was expecting the smaller prawns you normally find in prawn cocktails. It was apparent that the Marie Rose sauce was from a bottle and there was slightly too much paprika! Alas the prawns lacked flavour and were too chilled and so were overpowered by the sauce. The salad was fresh and crisp and the lemon was a nice touch.
For my main I went with the 10oz rump steak that according to the menu, came with a grilled tomato, peas, a flat mushoom and chips, which was described on the menu as firm, meaty and flavoursome. I think they meant to say tough, chewy and bland! Okay it’s a rump steak and in terms of cuts of meat that is not a tender melt in the mouth option, it normally is firm and chewy. I thought it lacked flavour, which is normally the reason for chewing, sorry choosing the rump cut.
As you can see from the photograph I didn’t get a grilled flat mushroom, I guess the kitchen had run out.
For desert I made a mistake and went with the Caramel Apple Crumble. This was an apple crumble smothered with sweet, sticky caramel served with custard.
This was way too sweet and the sticky caramel sauce was horrible, it clung to the top of my mouth and stayed there. I didn’t finish the dish and left most of it.
So as the blog title says this was not premier dining and for the price I don’t think you can expect it to be. However in terms of value for money and convenience it wasn’t too bad, but I wouldn’t have the crumble again…
Basically custard with apple and a crumble topping. The kind of dessert you can put in a lunch box.
And yes it was actually the sort of dessert you could put straight in the bin…
The custard was okay, as prepared custard often is, the apple was just tasteless chunks and as for the crumble… well I hoped that would be the bit that made this nice, no luck there! Wasn’t even proper tasting crumble, it was over sweety powdery crunchy stuff.
Though I like to make my own puddings, now and again I will purchase a ready made pudding from one of the big supermarkets.
This Kentish Bramley Apple Crumble from Waitrose sounded very nice.
And isn’t it always a however…
It wasn’t that good in my opinion. Well what did I expect.
It was okay. The crumble was nice and buttery and not too sweet (one of the issues I have with lots of ready made deserts). However the apple was in my opinion not cooked enough, it was crunchy and not soft. Now this may have been intentional, but personally I prefer my apple crumble with soft apples.