Growing up, we always had apple or berry crisps topped with vanilla sauce, a cool smooth sauce that resembles melted vanilla ice cream and pairs perfectly with tart apples or berries. In Finland, this sauce is a staple and you can readily buy it pre-made in the cooler at your local grocer. Since I moved to the US, I’ve been perfecting this nostalgic topper I grew up with to share with my family and friends… and quench my own cravings. And here it is, finally perfected to share with you and bring a little taste of Finland to the states.
APPLE CRUMBLE WITH VANILLA SAUCE
For the vanilla sauce:
2 cups milk
1 tblsp potato starch
2 tblsp sugar
2 tsp vanilla
For the crumble:
4 green tart apples, cored, peeled and sliced
2 tsp cinnamon
1 stick of butter at room temperature
2 cups oats
1/4 cup sugar
To make the vanilla sauce: In the inner pot of the rice cooker mix together milk, egg and potato starch. Set to Steam for 10 minutes. Mix constantly until milk mixture thickens and bubbles and remove from heat. Add sugar and vanilla and let cool in the refrigerator.
To make the crumble: Rinse the inner pot and place butter, oats and sugar inside. Mix to combine. Layer apple slices on top and sprinkle with cinnamon. Close the lid and set to Cake.
When your rice cooker beeps invert the dish onto a serving tray and serve with cold vanilla sauce.