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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.51 / 5 (587 votes)

Prep time:
10 min
Cook time:
35 min

Another simple, yet delicious classic from Rachel Allen, this time a heavenly autumnal dessert

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1. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4.

2. Put the apple chunks, water and sugar into a saucepan over a lowish heat and cook until the apples are soft and mushy; this should take about 10 minutes. While cooking, stir it every minute or so to prevent sticking. Taste and add more sugar if it needs it.

3. Transfer the apple pulp into individual bowls or one big pie dish and allow to cool slightly. Stir the berries into the apples.

For the crumble

4. Rub the butter into the flour until it resembles very coarse breadcrumbs. However, if you rub it too much the crumble will not be crunchy. Combine with the sugar.

5. Sprinkle the crumble mixture over the slightly cooled apple and bake for 15 minutes for small crumbles or 30-45 mins for larger crumbles. Serve warm with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.


  • 4 large cooking apples, peeled, cored and cut into big chunks
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 225 g fresh or frozen blackberries, or mixed berries

For the crumble:

  • 170 g plain flour
  • 75 g butter
  • 75 g demerara sugar

Tips and suggestions

If you choose to leave out the berries, add ½ tsp ground cinnamon or a few cloves to the apple. You can also add oats to the crumble, or nuts, such as chopped pecans, walnuts or nibbed almonds. If you want to use less sugar, you can cook eating apples instead of the cooking variety, although they have a slightly less fluffy texture.

For a summer time rhubarb and strawberry crumble, just cook the rhubarb as you would for the rhubarb fool with strawberries, though you shouldn't reduce it as much; it should be a bit more juicy. Add the sliced strawberries - but not the cream - and cover with the crumble.

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It would be helpful if you gave the quantities also in grams, not only in tablespoons

JessicaL99940 JessicaL99940  Posted 18 Jun 2015 11:42 PM

So easy to make and so tasty. Even my partner ate it and he's not keen on desserts! Will becoming a regular in our house after our blackberry haul this year!

LauraB42175 LauraB42175  Posted 19 Aug 2014 10:37 PM

loved it making lots more for the freezer

rayR91497 rayR91497  Posted 28 Sep 2013 2:42 PM

Although it say's frozen blackberries can be used, it doesn't state if you need, or can defrost them 1st!!! I didn't wash them before I froze them because I thought I would end up with lots of ice with them. I have never frozen blackberries before, but we had so many that I was reluctant to just throw them.

Any ideas anyone. I have Googled using frozen blackberries, but come up with nothing. I then thought I'd google making a crumble with them, which is my intention, but still not really got any answers!
This recipe does look nice, so I will try it.... can only go wrong I guess!

ConnieB51965 ConnieB51965 Posted 14 Nov 2011 8:54 AM

Blimey Bill, that sounds like a smashin' crumble! Like the idea of serving it with clotted cream - heaven.

Charlotte - Good Food Charlotte - Good Food Posted 12 Sep 2011 2:16 PM

just made this crumble with blackberries picked fresh from the bushes on the Moor. Apples picked from friends tree this morning.I added some Scots porridge Oats to make it extra crunchie,(Yum). Will serve it with fresh Devon Clotted Cream.Cant wait to taste it.
With the Berries and Apples thats left I have made another crumble,this one ive added some home grown Rhubarb to it. Its in the oven as I write, and the smell is just lovely.Theres nothing like home cooked food.

BillG19097 BillG19097 Posted 11 Sep 2011 2:38 PM


Jen - Good Food Jen - Good Food Posted 07 May 2011 9:28 PM

I made this dessert. It's so easy and delicious. If i can make this, i am sure everybody can. Ayshan

AYSENK24634 AYSENK24634 Posted 15 Jan 2011 4:52 PM

Great recipe. As an alternative healthier option to flour for the crumble, use poradge oats. Melt the butter and sugar in a pan over a low heat. Remove from heat. Add the porage oats and stir until well combined. Sprinkle on the fruit mix and bake for 35 to 40 minutes.

Paul7rhg Paul7rhg Posted 14 Sep 2009 9:11 AM

Absoslutely beautiful, i added some cinnamon when the apples were cooking. Delicious!!!

MarianneM68730 MarianneM68730 Posted 09 Sep 2009 5:05 PM

so easy to make and absolutely delicious we shared it between 5 of us and nothing got thrown away! would recomend it.

emmaW20809 emmaW20809 Posted 23 Aug 2009 6:22 PM

This recipe is excellent.

Anonymous Anonymous Posted 21 Jun 2009 4:12 PM

hey, the judges loved our crumble even though we didnt win. id just like to say thanks and im planning to use this recipe again soon.

bethL93858 bethL93858 Posted 04 Mar 2009 5:16 PM

hi i have entered a young chef competition at my school with my friend we are going to use this recipe for our desert. i hope it all goes well. bye.

bethL93858 bethL93858 Posted 08 Nov 2008 5:53 PM


tcl976 tcl976 Posted 16 Sep 2008 2:43 PM

I dont usually eat desserts but my family cant get enough of them, i made this & tried some myself & i must say it was absolutely wonderful...

tcl976 tcl976 Posted 16 Sep 2008 2:41 PM