Crumble is a national institution, so why limit yourself to just one type? Using seasonal produce, we've compiled a list of our favourite crumbles so you can enjoy this glorious pud all year round.
Everyone loves a crumble, it's the undisputed king of family desserts. The sweet crunchy topping, mouth-watering mix of fruit, and custard or ice cream on the side, are a winning combination.
Crumbles are so versatile, you can eat them throughout the year, making the most of nature's harvest, sweet and savoury too. The key is to think seasonally. Aim for perfectly ripe produce and don't forget to add a touch of spice. We've brought together our finest fillings and crunchiest toppings for you to enjoy.
Try a twist:
With an abundance of produce, summer is the perfect time to get experimental with your crumbles. Berries abound and can jazz up any crumble with a hint of tartness or a burst of sweetness. Gooseberries are only available fresh for a short time and they make fantastic crumbles, so snap them up when you see them.
Here are three ways to create a crumble hybrid, our homages to the perfect pud won't disappoint.
Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness indeed! Plums, pears, apples and blackberries are the staples of autumn. They're best enjoyed hot, with liberal dollops of custard to brighten things up as the evenings close in. Experiment with a sprinkling of nuts and warming spices such as ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon.
From our half scone, half crumble 'scrumble' to a deconstructed dessert, there's always a new way to enjoy that satisfyingly sweet crunch.
Believe it or not, winter is actually prime time for apples and pears, which store well over the months. Make a true crumble classic by combining the two. Frozen berries, saved from the previous seasons, also work well, lending a burst of colour and sweetness.
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Winter's all about wrapping up warm, getting together with friends and cooking up comfort food. Our savoury takes have tender stewed veg and rich sauces, they'll soon be your new go-to winter warmers.
Get crumbling with our 'how to make the perfect crumble' video, demonstrated by Cassie Best.
What's your favourite crumble combo? Or do you have an unusual twist? Let us know in the comments section below...