Apple And Blackberry Crumble

Winter is coming. This is serious! Don’t get me wrong I do like winter; I love the cold nights with a roaring fire and steaming hot chocolate with floating blobs of marshmallows. What I don’t like about winter is the snow , the cold and that it gets dark about four in the afternoon. So to comfort myself and my family I decided to make a nice warm and comforting Apple and Blackberry crumble! Absolutely fantastic for warming you up; served with custard or ice-cream it is sure to thaw your frozen hands when you come in from a crisp day outside. The mushy apple with the fabulous colour of the pink blackberries that steam in a bowl along with the crunchy crumble topping – amazing!

The ingredients for this recipe is pretty basic. I have used the soft light brown sugar for the caramel flavor that it gives as the natural molasses type stickiness caramelizes in the oven. NOTE: This recipe calls for 75g to 100g Caster sugar. To determine how much sugar you need taste your fruit. If the fruit is so sharp it makes you pull a fish face and makes the back of your jaw clench; add 100g Caster sugar. If it is fine on your taste buds then add 75g. For my apples and blackberries I added 90g! I used oats for my crumble because I think it gives it an even better crunch and a earthiness that pairs well with the fruit- please use jumbo oats instead of porridge oats because it gives you that satisfying crunch! Don’t like oats or haven’t got oats? Just substitute the oats with plain flour and continue on with the recipe. Make sure you make the crumble mixture first otherwise the apples will start to go an ugly brown. If this happens don’t worry! It is just the apples oxidizing- they will still taste the same! If you do start to see this happening add about 1-2tsp of lemon juice onto the fruit.

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For the fruit you can use any fruit you want (within reason). I went for apple (bramley or cooking apples for the mushiness- if you use an eating apple then it will hold it shape and it will not mush!). You can pair the apple with any manner of soft fruit and change the spices that you put with it to complement the fruit. For example, instead of using apple and blackberry you could use apple and gooseberries! If you don’t like apples then substitute the apples for the soft fruit; it is really simple. For measuring the sugar you This recipe altogether is so easy and is ideal for the beginner baker. It is classic home baking!

Skill Level: Beginner

Prep-time: 10-15 mins

Cooking Time:  55-60mins

Serves: 4 large portions or 6 small-ish portions

The Ingredients:

 For the Crumble:

  • 125g Plain Flour
  • 75g Soft Brown Sugar
  • 50g Jumbo Oats
  • 75g Cold Unsalted Butter, cubed
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon, Nutmeg and ginger

For the fruit:

  • 900g Bramley or Cooking apples- for me this is about 3 large bramley apples
  •  150g Blackberries
  • 75g -100g Caster Sugar

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 190°c/170°c fan
  2. Into a bowl add your flour, sugar, oats and spices stir to mix. Then add your butter.With a butter knife cut the butter into the flour until the butter is in really small pieces.
  3. Now it’s time to get your hands dirty, using ONLY your fingertips rub the butter into the flour mixture until it forms coarse breadcrumbs. Set aside.
  4. Time for the apples. Peel your apples. Then core your apples using an apple corer. If you don’t own an apple corer cut the apples into quarter and using a sharp knife cut out the core. Slice the apples into thick-ish slices (roughly about 5mm thick).
  5. Grease a deep 1.5 litre dish with butter or oil
  6. Lay the apple slices into the bottom of the greased dish. Spread out evenly. Add the blackberries spreading them out evenly too. Then Sprinkle over the caster sugar.
  7. Spread the crumble on top making sure all the fruit layer is covered.
  8. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes at 190°c . Then turn down the oven to 180°c (160°c fan) for 40-45 mins or until bubbling and golden.
  9. Serve with custard and ice-cream

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