Hairy Bikers' apple and blackberry crumble

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Hairy Bikers' apple and blackberry crumble
Hairy Bikers' apple and blackberry crumble
  • Serves: 6

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

  • Costs: Mid-price

The Hairy Bikers' apple and blackberry crumble recipe is a classic at it's finest. Made with fresh blackberries and sweet apple chunks, this delicious crumble recipe is sure to become a family favourite. 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. This recipe serves 6 people and takes around 1hr and 5 mins to prepare and cook - it's well worth the wait! If you have any leftover, store in a bowl covered in clingfilm in the fridge. You can reheat (removing the clingfilm) or serve cold the next day. Our serving suggestions would be vanilla ice cream, homemade custard or a dollop of fresh cream.


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

Make your own creamy, homemade custard to drizzle on top, with our easy recipe


  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 The Hairy Bikers: Mums Know Best is on BBC2 at 8pm everyday Tuesday, from 5th January 2010 for six weeks.

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