Winter Apple and Blackberry Crumble

By Saturday, November 07, 2015

I really love this time of year. The days are becoming shorter, nights longer and the temperature slowly dropping. Hearty and warming foods are what get me through winter, and crumble is always high on my list. The combination of Apple and Blackberry is magical and this crumble is no exception. It's deliciously indulgent, with the sweet Blackberries help to cancel out the tartness of the Apples. Best served fresh from the oven with a good dollop of custard or cream.

Serves 6

You will need:

200g plain flour
150g light brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
125g salted butter, chilled
6 large cooking apples
150g blackberries
1 tbsp granulated sugar
1 lemon, juiced
1 tbsp milk

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees/ gas 6. Begin by peeling and coring the apples then cut into large chunks. Place in a saucepan with the lemon juice, 25g butter and granulated sugar. Cover, place on a medium heat and simmer for 3 minutes. The apples should be starting to soften, but still have a bit of bite. Remove from the heat and add in the blackberries. Stir well then cover and leave to steam for a further 3 minutes. 

In the meantime, make the topping. Add the flour, sugar and baking powder into a large mixing bowl. Cut the remaining 100g butter into small chunks and mix into the dry ingredients until everything starts to resemble chunky breadcrumbs. Add in the milk and stir so that the mixture forms large lumps.

Spoon the cooked fruit into your baking dish then cover with the crumble topping. Bake for 30-40 minutes until golden brown. Serve and enjoy! 

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