Friday, September 11, 2009

Blackberry and Apple Crumble

It is Foodie Friday, so thankyou once again the the lovely Gollum for hosting it. Last Sunday we went blackberry picking. It was the second last day of the school Summer holidays and it was glorious. We wandered the lanes near the Reservoir for about an hour and a half with beach buckets in hand.

Between the five of us we managed to collect approximately one and a half kilograms of blackberries; which isn’t too bad really considering the amount of surreptitious sampling that was going on. B3 didn’t even bother trying to sneak them she just nabbed them as often as she could and jammed them into her mouth before they could be rescued and put back into the communal bucket.

The sloes were also out so we collected about one and a half kilograms of them as well. They are currently in the freezer in a bag as this apparently mimics the effect of first frost, which is when you are supposed to pick them. I’ve never cooked with sloes before so this should make for some strange experimental flavours I think. B2 and I both sampled one and I think it took about ten minutes for our lips to recover from the resulting pucker – that is one sour fruit.

I cooked the blackberries for about ten minutes over a low heat with just the few drops of water left on them from washing and three tablespoons of sugar.

B2 and I whipped up a quick crumble to topping:

Crumble Topping

¾ cup of Self Raising Flour
½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
80g of softened butter
½ cup of brown sugar.

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and rub the butter through the dry ingredients until the mix resembles bread crumbs. This takes about ten minutes or so, or 15 with help from B2. Then sprinkle over the top of your fruit mix and bake in a 180*C oven for 30 minutes.

We combined the blackberries with some of the apple sauce from the freezer and we doubled the amount of crumble as it was a very large batch.

The timer went ‘ding’ but I was reading a few blogs in the study so the top came out a little darker than was intended but it still tasted lovely. Note to self - the timer goes 'ding' come immediately don't just read a few more pages or on your head be it. It is very tasty with home-made custard or cream or ice-cream, or all three in fact but I am trying to be ‘good’ so we just had it plain, hot from the oven. It came out of the oven at 3.30pm and was all eaten by 7.30pm, with dinner in between. There were three very full tummies that night.


  1. This is such a lovely time of the year, I love apple & blackberry picking. Crumbles..mmm.. I love them especially with custard of vanilla ice cream on!Your recipe looks delicious. Yes I sometimes have that problem with getting carried away on the computer...
    Have a great weekend
    Isabelle x

  2. So much fun to fruit pick with the children even if they do eat half of the fruit in the fields. I often ignore the bell on my oven and that is not a good thing. You mentioned sloes and I have absolutely no idea what those are?

  3. oh now this has made me hungry! thank-you for your comment about the disaster cake - unfortunately all the red and blue lips belonged to visiting adults as the boy chose a fishing trip over a party this time around - hmmm - not sure the same kudos to red or blue lips would apply at work next morning - and the teeth.... ugh! t.x

  4. Your crumble looks delicious! I love blackberries.
    I know what you mean about a few pages on the computer. I get on the computer to look up a simple task, an hour later I walk away and my original task is forgotten and not even done.

  5. Yum! I'll bet that tasted delicious. What are sloes? Have a wonderful weekend.

  6. This is such a wonderful old-fashioned dessert. Your post has made me hungry. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

  7. YUMMY!!! recipe.
    I have become a follower of your blog, come by and visit my blog and maybe do the same.
    THANKS!!! Geri

  8. Yum! What a great combination of flavors.