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Hairy Bikers' apple and blackberry crumble

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Hairy Bikers' apple and blackberry crumble from Mums Know Best
  • Serves: 6

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    (or until golden on top)
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  • Skill level: Easy peasy

  • Costs: Mid-price

 

You can't beat this traditional British fruit dessert with a dollop of hot and creamy custard - it's the ultimate comfort food and this recipe is from the boys' 'Mums Know Best' series on BBC2

Ingredients

For the filling:

  • 3 eating apples, peeled,
  • Quartered and cored
  • 2 Bramley cooking apples, peeled
  • Quartered and cored
  • 2tsp cinnamon
  • 100g demerara sugar
  • 300g blackberries

For the crumble topping:


  • 175g plain flour
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 140g soft brown sugar
  • 35g porridge oats
  • 180g cold unsalted butter

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Method

  1. Put the quartered apples in a bowl and shuffle them around to mix them up a bit. Mix the cinnamon with the sugar in a separate bowl. Put half the apples in an oven dish and sprinkle with a third of the sugar mixture. Add the blackberries and sprinkle with the second third of sugar mixture. Cover with the remaining apples and add the remaining sugar and cinnamon mixture.
  2. To make the crumble topping: Put the flour and cinnamon in a bowl and mix well, then stir in the sugar and the oats. Cut the butter into small cubes, add to the mixture and rub it in with your fingertips until the mixture is the texture of breadcrumbs. Lay the crumble mixture on top of the fruit.
  3. Preheat the oven to 170C, gas 3 and bake the crumble for about 40 mins. Keep an eye on the top. The sugar should go golden, not black. Serve with homemade custard.

This recipe is taken from Mums Know Best: The Hairy Bikers' Family Cookbook, 20 from Weidenfeld & Nicolson. The book is also available from Amazon.co.uk. The Hairy Bikers: Mums Know Best is on BBC2 at 8pm everyday Tuesday, from 5th January 2010 for six weeks.

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Rich

I love this recipe and have made it many times with this Mrs. we used 55g - 65g oats and normally add almond powder which stops it clumping to much, now we are comfortable we have also added a couple extra twists of our own to personalise it which also helped just try thing its a brilliant bass recipe suit every one. FANTASTIC!!

Tony Cordwell

We enjoyed the fruit's consistency, but I had the same problem with the crumble part. My mother had always said a ratio of 1:2:3 sugar:butter:flour, and that works. So I changed it to 175 butter, 100 sugar, 225 flour, plus the oats.

Laura Edwards

I also had to add more flour to the mixture for the topping, it turned out lovely though. However more disappointing was the amount of liquid in the bottom of the dish when I served the crumble, it was quite upsetting as I had made this to follow a big family lunch The fruit was not the usual consistency that I'd expect from a crumble, undercooked perhaps. I don't think I will use this recipe again, if I do I will cook the fruit first next time.

Lindsey Dougall

Yes, I think an extra 1 has been added before the 80g of butter......way too much and too doughy. Suspect a typo.

Andrew

After the stipulated 40 mins the apple quarters were not even vaguely cooked. Had to cook it another 30 mins with the top foiled, and even then it was only just done. Also agree with all the other comments that the topping has way too much butter. A bit of a dud, sorry.

Vee1970

Agreed, flour/butter ratio should be about 2:1. Also I like to use wholemeal flour and a bit of wheatgerm when I make an oaty crumble. I like to add chopped nuts too, Hazelnuts and/or Walnuts make it even better. :)

anyamal

Our crumble went doughy too but worked out real tasty when put in a fridge to harden and then grated all over nommy fruit :3 Bon app!

Caroline Chuter

just made this :) although i changed topping amount as as too sticky, i changed it to 250g flour , and 45g oats...... hope this helps other, now to test it after its cooked lol, also never had dermerea or brown sugar so used golden caster sugar,,,,, will message later the results x

ssgibbs

agree with above the butter to flour mix is well out !!

nuria

Awesome recipe, instead of custard we used dairy icecream to go with it and it was simply delicious, five stars from me.

sally lake

Great recipe, only one small criticism, which is that I found the ratio of butter to flour to be a bit off. using the quantities shown I was unable to get the desired breadcrumb consistency, I found I had to add about 50-75g of extra flour and a few more oats in order to break up the mixture from being a big lump of stuff. maybe my hands were too warm, I don't know, but bear this in mind if you are following this recipe.

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