Apple & Blackberry Crumble Recipe

Ingredients:

For the crumble topping:

  • 125g plain flour
  • 75g cold butter, cubed
  • 75g rolled oats
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)

For the fruit filling:

  • 500g apples (a mix of sweet and tart varieties like Bramley and Cox apples work well)
  • 250g blackberries
  • 100g caster sugar (adjust to taste depending on the sweetness of your apples)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp cornstarch

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 190°C (170°C fan) / Gas Mark 5.

Make the crumble topping:

  • Sift the flour and a pinch of salt into a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the cubed cold butter and rub it into the flour with your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. You can use a pastry cutter for this step as well.
  • Continue rubbing until the mixture starts to come together in pea-sized clumps.
  • Stir in the rolled oats, caster sugar, and ground cinnamon (if using) until well combined. Set aside.

Prepare the fruit filling:

  • Peel, core, and chop the apples into thin slices. You can leave the skin on for a more rustic crumble.
  • Place the apples in a large bowl.
  • Wash the blackberries gently and add them to the bowl with the apples.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, caster sugar, and cornstarch.
  • Pour this mixture over the fruit and toss gently to coat everything evenly.

Assemble and bake the crumble:

  • Spoon the fruit filling into a baking dish.
  • Evenly crumble the topping mixture over the fruit filling, making sure all the fruit is covered.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown and the fruit is bubbling through.
  • Serve warm with custard, whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, or on its own.

Tips:

  • If your blackberries are very juicy, you can add an extra tablespoon of cornstarch to the fruit filling to help thicken the juices.
  • For a richer crumble topping, you can use a mixture of brown sugar and white sugar.
  • You can add chopped nuts like almonds or pecans to the crumble topping for extra texture and flavor.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently in the oven before serving.

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