Monday, 7 October 2013

Blackberry and apple crumble

2 blackberry and apple crumbles in tin foil containers
Just a quick post to type up my blackberry and apple crumble recipe. For me, blackberry and apple crumble is an autumn must! Having made blackberry and almond crumble squares with some of our foraged blackberry haul, next on the list was proper crumble. I love the combination of blackberry and apple, and crumble is just so easy to make.

My crumble isn’t actually the traditional flour, butter, sugar combination, I follow a recipe from The Good Granny Cookbook, which uses oats rather than flour in the topping and so is more like a chewy, crunchy flapjack on top – delicious! By cooking the fruit in a saucepan first and then reducing the juices, you intensify the flavour and prevent the top from becoming soggy.  The great thing about crumble is that there really aren’t any rules – I tend to throw in a bit of spice and whatever nuts that I have in the cupboard!

As I was visiting a friend who has just had a baby, I split the crumble into two disposable tin foil containers: one for them and one for us! These are great: you can pop them in the oven to bake and once cool, pop the cover on and put them in the freezer. Then, when you want to eat, just pop them straight back in the oven to re-heat.   

Blackberry and apple crumble


  1. 700g mix of Bramley apples (peeled, cored and diced) and blackberries (I used 400g blackberries, 300g apple)
  2. 60g soft brown sugar
  3. 85g golden syrup
  4. 85g butter
  5. 175g oats
  6. 60g hazelnuts / walnuts
  7. 1.5 tsp cinnamon
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 175C.
  2. Put the fruit in a saucepan with the sugar and enough water to cover the base of the pan.
  3. Cook gently until the fruit are soft and the juices running.
  4. Taste to check the sweetness – stir through more sugar if needed.
  5. Strain off the juice.
  6. Put the fruit into the pie dish / foil containers.
  7. Return the juice to the saucepan and boil rapidly until reduced and syrupy.
  8. Pour the juice over the fruit.
  9. Melt the golden syrup and the butter together (easiest done in a microwave).
  10. Mix the oats, nuts and spice into the syrup/butter mixture.
  11. Spread the mixture gently over the fruit.
  12. Bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes until the top is lightly browned.  

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