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MasterClass - Jazz Apple Crumble

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Jazz Apple Crumble with Cinnamon Doughnuts
Recipe by Josh Emett

Wine Match: Huntaway Reserve Gewurztraminer

Serves 4


90g milk

30g fresh yeast

3 eggs

15g rum

500g plain flour

50g sugar

100g soft butter

10g salt

15g water

Sugar and cinnamon, for dusting

Pastry Cream

80g flour

110g sugar

55g butter

570g milk

2 vanilla beans

80g egg yolks

150ml fresh cream, whipped to soft peaks

Crumble Mix

100g butter

100g Demerara sugar

18+0g plain flour

50g ground almond

Apple Puree

6 New Zealand Jazz apples, peeled and cored, roughly chopped

100g sugar

25g butter


1. Preheat oven to 160°C.

2. To make the doughnut dough, combine the milk, yeast, eggs and rum. Allow to sit until the yeast has dissolved. Add the flour and salt to the yeast mixture and mix to a dough. Gradually add the butter and mix until incorporated. Roll out the dough and place in the freezer until the dough is firm but not frozen. Cut the dough into 1 inch squares and allow to prove until doubled in size.

3. To make the pastry cream, crumble together the flour, sugar and butter by hand. Place the milk and scraped vanilla pod in a saucepan, place over medium high heat and bring to the boil. Add the flour, sugar and butter mixture and cook over medium heat for a few minutes until there are no lumps. Remove from the heat and stir in the egg yolks one at a time. Strain and set aside to cool. Once cooled, whisk to loosen and carefully fold in the whipped cream.

4. To make the crumble mix, rub together the butter and sugar by hand and then mix in the dry ingredients. Crumble the dough mixture onto a baking tray and place in the oven to bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Set aside to cool and then crumble into small crumbs.

5. To make the apple puree, place all of the ingredients in a saucepan, place over medium heat and cook until the apples are tender. Blend until smooth, pass and allow to cool.

6. Heat a deep fryer or saucepan of canola oil to 160°C and deep fry the doughnuts until golden brown. Remove from the oil and immediately coat in sugar and cinnamon. Allow to drain on paper towels.

7. To serve, place the apple puree in the base of a serving dish, add a layer of custard and top with the crumble. Serve the doughnuts on the side.   



1. Fold extra cream into the pastry cream if it is still too stiff.

2. Rum can be swapped out for liquor of your liking.

3. Fresh yeast may be substituted for 10g dry active yeast.