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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.18 / 5 (821 votes)

Prep time:
10 min
Cook time:
45 min

Tom Parker Bowles makes a traditional British apple and rhubarb crumble for when you need a bit of home comfort

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1. Preheat the oven to 180C/fan160C/gas 4 and grease an ovenproof dish with butter.

2. For the filling: put the apples and rhubarb in the ovenproof dish and dot with butter. Mix the sugar and cinnamon together and sprinkle over the fruit. Pour over a little cider brandy and sprinkle with grated fresh ginger (grate the ginger directly over the dish, if you like).

3. For the topping: put the butter, flour, ground ginger and half the sugar in a mixing bowl. Rub together until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Heap the crumble over the fruit and sprinkle with the remaining sugar.

4. Bake for 45 minutes, or until the top of the crumble is golden and crisp. Serve warm with double cream or custard.


For the filling

  • 450 g Bramley apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 200 g rhubarb, sliced
  • 1 knob butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 75 g light brown sugar
  • 1 pinches ground cinnamon
  • splash cider brandy
  • 2 cm ginger, peeled and grated

For the topping

  • 100 g butter, diced
  • 200 g plain flour
  • 1 pinches ground ginger
  • 50 g demerara sugar

To serve

  • double cream, or custard

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Latest Comment


sandie7 sandie7  Posted 12 May 2015 3:07 PM

Anyone use anything different instead of cider brandy?

KelS72066 KelS72066  Posted 16 May 2010 1:13 PM


LeahL4255 LeahL4255  Posted 14 Jan 2010 5:50 PM

Absolutly delicious!

LeahL4255 LeahL4255 Posted 14 Jan 2010 5:50 PM

just had two portions of this crumble,cant move now:( all the same it was comfort food at its best yum

karenH6052 karenH6052 Posted 22 Nov 2009 6:39 PM

karenH6052 karenH6052 Posted 22 Nov 2009 6:37 PM

Delicious recipe, easy to do and it ended up quite light for a crumble. It can serve 6 rather than 4, particularly if you've had a big meal before hand.

KatieB40506 KatieB40506 Posted 03 Apr 2009 7:28 AM

Have not made a crumble in years, (they were normally very uninspiring). But this was absolutely delicious and will definitely be making it again, and again, and ...

Debbie125 Debbie125 Posted 27 May 2008 7:09 AM