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Deconstructed Apple Crumble

When I cooked with Josh Emmett on MasterchefNZ at Kauri Cliffs I helped him with a crumble element of his dessert.  It gave me the idea to try to cook elements separately and I spent a lot of time experimenting in the Masterchef mansion kitchen.  I also fell in love with David Chang’s books - including Momofuku ‘Milk’ which is written by Christina Tossi.  Her crumb recipe inspired me when I came to my elimination cook off against Ella in Episode 14. Here is the 30 minute crumble - which helped me stay in the competition! What you need: Fruit - whatever you would like - I used apple and strawberry on the show! Simply cook fruit in a little butter and brown sugar until softly stewed - then remove from the heat.



  • 40 g milk powder
  • 40 g cornflour
  • 40 g white flour
  • 1 Tbs white sugar
  • 55 g melted butter


  1. Heat the oven to 150C
  2. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl
  3. Melt the butter in the microwave
  4. Pour the butter into the dry ingredients
  5. Mix to form clusters - you will have a lovely yellow mixture
  6. Place on a non stick tray in the oven and cook for 20 minutes
  7. A couple of times, use a spatula to move the crumb around a little to evenly cook it.
  8. When it is buttery and golden, remove from the oven.

Recipe Notes

You can pop your fruit in a bowl and top with the crumb or you can deconstruct as I did - either way it will taste delicious.