Apple & blackberry crumble

Apple & blackberry crumble

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

Raymond Blanc pre-cooks the crumble topping to avoid gluey, uncooked crumble and retain the texture of the fruit

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
395
protein
4g
carbs
56g
fat
19g
saturates
12g
fibre
3g
sugar
33g
salt
0.02g

Ingredients

For the crumble topping

  • 120g plain flour
  • 60g caster sugar
  • 60g unsalted butter at room temperature, cut into pieces

For the fruit compote

  • 300g Braeburn apples
  • 30g unsalted butter
  • 30g demerara sugar
  • 115g blackberries
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • vanilla ice cream, to serve

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Tip the flour and sugar into a large bowl. Add the butter, then rub into the flour using your fingertips to make a light breadcrumb texture. Do not overwork it or the crumble will become heavy. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over a baking sheet and bake for 15 mins or until lightly coloured.
  2. Meanwhile, for the compote, peel, core and cut the apples into 2cm dice. Put the butter and sugar in a medium saucepan and melt together over a medium heat. Cook for 3 mins until the mixture turns to a light caramel. Stir in the apples and cook for 3 mins. Add the blackberries and cinnamon, and cook for 3 mins more. Cover, remove from the heat, then leave for 2-3 mins to continue cooking in the warmth of the pan.
  3. To serve, spoon the warm fruit into an ovenproof gratin dish, top with the crumble mix, then reheat in the oven for 5-10 mins. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, October 2010

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lesley1142's picture
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Just made this with blackberries from our garden. Only had golden delicious apples but it worked well with these. I too added extra sugar to balance the tartness. (Did not have Demerara so used combo of golden caster and light brown sugar!). Followed previous tip and added oats to crumble and it all turned out fab. A big hit with us and highly recommended (especially served with a big dollop of vanilla ice cream)!!

dani-grrl's picture
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This crumble recipe is divine - the loveliest crumble I've tasted. I used 2:1 plain flour and jumbo oats to increase the crunch even more and used half Bramley and half Braeburn apples - I gave the Bramleys a couple of minutes' head start in the saucepan and increased the sugar slightly to account for their tartness. We picked the blackberries whilst out hiking with the dog. All in all, this crumble was the perfect end to a perfect day!

paulakirby's picture
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Superb recipe. I'll never make crumble any other way now.

PR2343's picture
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Cooking the crumbs on a tray seemed unusual and I was quite apprehensive about following this recipe - but was so glad I did.

Cooking the crumbs separately makes a MASSIVE difference to the overall consistency and seems to take away the sogginess/ stodginess. The slight crunchiness of the topping is a perfect compliment to the soft, tangy fruit.

All I would add is that you have to keep a close eye on the crumbs as those at the edges of the tray can burn within a few minutes, and that you may need to add more sugar to the fruit if you have a sweet-tooth.

A definite 5 out of 5 from me though... absolutely loved this recipe.

janefairburn's picture
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Fabulous result - did one & a half times the amounts to ensure good sized portions all around. Also substituted ground almonds for a third of the flour - and added a bit more sugar to the fruit to cater for our sweet tooth. finally I took the crumble out at 10 mins & shuffled it around the tray then cooked for another 5. Perfect just as we like it.

juliettes's picture
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So delicious, and easy too. Added some oats to the topping. Thumbs up from the kids. Next time I'll cook the apples a little longer to soften them before adding the berries, but other than that wouldn't change a thing!
An ideal recipe to make into individual ramekins, I can see this becoming a staple in our house

hogster_bogster's picture
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Very simple recipe to follow, and the resulting pudding was absolutely delicious! As tinamarie said, it's just as good as any crumble you'd get in a good pub or restaurant :-)

siamesesal's picture
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Forgot to mention that I had run out of caster sugar so used soft light brown instead. It was really good.

siamesesal's picture
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Absolutely deeeeelicious. I'm always going to do crumbles like this from now on. Kept the topping in the fridge and enjoyed it throughout the week.

vivriding's picture

Delicious!!

kusher1's picture
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Added less sugar the second time i made it and it was just as yummy!

sguys2002's picture

I love this recipe! Made a massive one for a big lunch so just tripled the quantities, and I made it with apples, cinnamon and mincemeat for a festive twist! Absolutely delicious!! Cooking both elements separately is a great idea and everyone raved about it - I usually wouldn't have followed a recipe for such a 'simple' dish however this gave it the edge!

cakeanyone's picture
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Made with just apples. Didn't have demera so mixed up different brown sugars, but will use next time as it lacked a little crunch.

jharrold's picture
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Very nice,quick and easy pudding. Can't rate accurately as could not get blackberries and so used raspberries which was very nice. Looking forward to trying the actual recipe!

callym's picture

I added oats to the crumble mix and added more apple & blackberries as it seems to be the best ideas! Smells heavenly and can't wait for dinner tonight!

katvic's picture
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forgot to say added chopped nuts to the crumble mix yum

katvic's picture
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an absolutely wonderful crumble thank you Raymond . Will be making again

polly1873's picture
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It was bitter, only enough for two and the topping was too crunchy. Pleased I had lots of custard to drown it in. Usually love all the recipes from here but this was just about edible.
I will be going back to my usual method, I don't weigh ingredients, just do it and it is always delicious.

Could have been me.....

frazthorpe's picture
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I really liked this because it worked for me and was really tasty. I have tried to do crumbles and pies before but failed quite badly. this has a lovely flavour and is easy to do.

veronicamp's picture
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I just finished making this for our upcoming Thanksgiving Day (Canada) weekend...I thought I would do a trial run.. I'll be lucky if there is any left by the end of the day the way it is disappearing. I have made many crumbles over the last 40 years, and for the most part they were good, but this one is fantastic...I used the plum compote from your recipes, and added cinnamon and nutmeg. I cannot get over how light and airy the crumble turned out...Its a No.1 Keeper...

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