Apple and Blackberry Crumble

A few weeks ago a very exciting thing happened- we moved house! So, I waved ‘goodbye’ to Southsea and ‘hello’ to Bosham, a lovely little harbourside village on the south coast.  It all happened rather quickly, but it already feels like home and i’m totally in love with the garden more than anything!  It didn’t take me long to pick every last blackberry from the trees…

IMG_1364There’s nothing more homely and autumnal than a blackberry and apple crumble, so I thought I would christen the new kitchen by making one.  I got the recipe from a book called ‘Home Made Winter’, but tweaked it slightly by swapping in wholemeal flour and oats to give it a nuttier and more wholesome flavour.  

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To make one large crumble, you will need:

– 150g wholemeal flour

– Pinch of salt

– 1tsp cinnamon

– 100g cubed cold butter

– 100g oats

– 100g soft brown sugar

– 3 Large Apples

– 1 large punnet blackberries 

– Two tablespoons of brown sugar

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Pre- heat your oven to 180 degrees.  Start by rubbing the butter in with the flour and salt to make fine breadcrumbs.  Then stir in the oats, sugar and cinnamon, and set the dry crumble mix to one side. Next, finely chop the apple into thin slices.

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Grease a large pie dish with a little butter.  Arrange the thin slices of apple into layers, working them into a circular pattern. Sprinkle with a little brown sugar, and a handful of blackberries.  Layer another circle of apple slices on top, followed by a little more sugar and blackberries… keep going until you reach the top of the dish.  Finally, sprinkle over the crumble mixture.

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Pop into the oven for 35 minutes, until lovely and golden, and the fruit starts to bubble up the sides.

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Tuck in and serve up some nice hearty portions!

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Apple crumble or pie recipes usually tell you to stew the fruit in a pan beforehand, and then spoon it into a dish and top with crumble before baking.  I tend to find that this makes the apples all mushy and they lose their flavour, so by cutting the apples finely it means they are able to cook nicely in the oven and still retain their flavour and texture.

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I made a little bit of custard to go with it…

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Crumbles taste so much better made slightly more rustic with oats, brown sugar and wholemeal flour. It also gives it a beautiful colour which is hard to acheive using the more traditional caster sugar and white flour combination.  I loved using the fresh blackberries off the tree- there’s nothing better than using produce that’s home grown and in season! I can’t wait to get planting some more fruit trees. I think i’m going to like it here…

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