Apple Crumble & Vanilla Ice Cream

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Apple Crumble & Vanilla Ice Cream by Amy Salgado
Story and Photos by Sara E. Flores

Amy Salgado, sophomore software engineering major, loves to bake in her spare time and uses baking as a stress-reliever. She is not a fan of cooking but would rather bake because she says it is less pressure and she has a sweet tooth.

“I love to bake because it calms me, it’s one of the main ways that I bond with my little sister. I always take study breaks and bake random things at random times. It always helps that there’s a delicious outcome at the end,” Salgado says.

Born and raised in Houston, Salgado has been exposed to many culturally-diverse types of food, not only because of the demographics, but also because her father is a professional chef.

“My dad makes the best food ever; he is so patient and delicate with his recipes. The outcome of his cooking is always right on point. My dad never reveals his secrets, but I always get to be his taste tester in the kitchen,” Salgado says.

Because of her Hispanic background, Salgado is used to throwing in a lot of spices and extracts to give her dishes a flavorful taste. Barbecue is Salgado’s absolute favorite type of food, but it never beats her favorite dessert­–apple crumble with vanilla ice cream.

“I chose to do this recipe because it’s easy, breezy, apple crumble. It’s easy to make and it’s delicious. I like to bake things that aren’t time consuming because then they become stressful. It’s a quick fix for a sweet tooth,” Salgado says.

Apple crumble is Salgado’s favorite dessert at any time of the day and any time of the year. She’s always more excited to eat it than bake it.


• 2 Apples

• 1/4 cup olive or canola oil

• 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted cold butter, melted

• 8 tablespoons light brown sugar

• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

• 1/2 cup granola

• 2 scoops of Vanilla ice cream

• Prepared caramel sauce, heated, optional


Heat the grill to medium. Then, place apples in a medium bowl and toss with the oil. Next, Place the apples on the grill, cut-side down and grill until nicely browned. Flip the apples over and continue to grill until nicely browned. Remove from the grill and allow to cool briefly. Place the apple wedges into a bowl and toss with 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 4 tablespoons light brown sugar and 1/2 stick melted butter. In another bowl, toss together the remaining melted butter, cinnamon, light brown sugar and the granola. Next, place 2 large scoop of ice cream into a bowl and top with the apple mixture. Sprinkle the granola mixture over the top of the apple and drizzle with some of the caramel sauce, if using. This process will give you one serving.

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