Cape gooseberries, also known as physalis or Chinese lanterns, add a pleasing sharpness to apple crumble, while the fruit juice and dried blueberries bring natural sweetness. Rolled oats and chopped nuts give an appealing crunch to the crumble topping, which is made with less sugar than most recipes suggest.
Replace the cape gooseberries with 100 g (3½ oz) of chopped rhubarb. If liked, add a handful of strawberries too. * 2 tbsp desiccated coconut can be mixed into the crumble topping. * Use other dried fruits instead of blueberries – cranberries, raisins, sultanas and currants are all just as good.
Oats are an excellent source of soluble fibre which helps to slow the absorption of carbohydrate (particularly glucose) into the bloodstream, resulting in a gentler rise and fall in blood sugar levels. * Cape gooseberries contain beta-carotene and vitamin C as well as potassium.
E * A, B1, B6, C