Apple & Blackberry Crumble

Apples and blackberries are both in season at the moment, and they make the perfect pairing in this quintessential British dessert.


For the crumble topping:

  • 120g plain flour
  • 60g caster sugar
  • 60g unsalted butter, cut into cubes

For the filling:

  • 300g apples, cored, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 30g unsalted butter
  • 30g demerara sugar
  • 115g blackberries
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon


  1. Start by preheating your oven to 190°c / 170°c Fan / Gas Mark 5. Combine the flour and caster sugar in a large bowl, then rub in the butter using your fingertips until you have a light, sandy texture.
  2. Sprinkle the mixture over a baking sheet, and bake for 15 minutes until lightly coloured.
  3. Whilst your crumble topping is cooking, melt the demarara sugar and the butter together in a saucepan and cook for around 3 minutes until you have a light caramel.
  4. Tip in the apples and cook for 3 minutes, then add the blackberries and cinnamon, and cook for a further 3 minutes. Cover, remove from the heat, and leave to stand.
  5. Spoon the filling into an oven-proof dish, top with the crumble and bake for 10 minutes. Serve with vanilla ice cream.

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