Cosy Recipes: Apple and Blackberry Crumble

After a recent day out harvesting with Abundance I returned home with some lovely cooking apples. With visions of old fashioned spreads described in Enid Blyton books I decided to make an apple and blackberry crumble so after getting my hands on some blackberries I set about making my Mallory Towers/ St Clare’s/ The Magic Faraway Tree inspired Crumble.

This recipe has been adapted from the ‘fruit crumble’ recipe in the book Nora’s Dinners, Nora being one of the cool dinner ladies Jamie Oliver worked with recently to revamp British school dinners. The name Nora fits in really well to the Enid Blyton theme, I can imagine her being one of the mischievous pupils at St Clare’s…


(serves 4-6)
1kg of a combination apples and blackberries (I just had a handful of blackberries but you could alter these quantities freely)
225g plain flour
115g butter (or Pure Dairy Free Spread for vegans/those allergic to dairy)
90g caster sugar
2 handfuls porridge oats
1 tablespoon mixed seeds if desired


1. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C/ 375 degrees F/ gas mark 5.
2. Take another large bowl and sift in the flour, then rub the butter/dairy free spread into the flour until it forms ‘breadcrumbs.’ Add the sugar, oats, seeds and mix together with a wooden spoon to make a light crumble mixture (be careful not to over mix).
3. Wash the blackberries and set aside. Wash, peel and core the apples then chop them into 1cm chunks.
4. Place all the fruit in an oven proof dish and cover with the crumble and cook for 30 minutes or until golden. Enjoy with cream/icecream/classic English custard!


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