Apple, blackberry and nut crumble

Apple, blackberry and nut crumble

By
From
The Frugal Cook
Serves
6
Photographer
Mike Cooper

Freshly picked blackberries are free food at its best - a real seasonal treat.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
800g bramley or other cooking apples
200g fresh or frozen blackberries, preferably wild
3-4 tablespoons unrefined caster sugar

For the crumble topping

Quantity Ingredient
50g walnut pieces
125g plain flour
100g butter, at fridge temperature
50g demerara or unrefined caster sugar

Method

  1. Peel and core the apples and slice thickly into a large saucepan. Add the blackberries, 3 tablespoons of the sugar and 3 tablespoons of water, mix in lightly, cover and bring to the boil. Cook until the apple is tender but still holding its shape. Check for sweetness, adding more sugar if you think it needs it then set aside to cool for at least 30 minutes or until you are ready to cook the crumble. Meanwhile, break up the walnut pieces in a food processor, add the flour and the chilled butter cut into cubes and pulse until the mixture resembles large breadcrumbs. Add the sugar and process briefly, (if you do this by hand, chop the walnuts as finely as you can, rub the butter into the flour, then stir in the chopped walnuts and sugar). Transfer the cooked fruit to a medium to large, lightly greased pie dish or similar ovenproof dish and spoon the crumble mixture evenly over the top. Bake in a hot oven for 30 minutes until the crumble is brown and the juices are beginning to bubble through. Serve with cream or custard.

Variations

  • You could reduce the cost still further by making this with windfall apples though you may need to adjust the quantity of sugar and water. If you haven't got any blackberries, increase the amount of apple, add a handful of raisins and mix a little cinnamon with the sugar. Other fruits such as rhubarb, plums and gooseberries are also great in a crumble. Or change the nuts in the topping. Almonds are good, for example.

Leftovers

  • It's worth making extra fruit filling to save for a breakfast compote.

Thirfty tip

  • Broken walnut pieces are cheaper than buying walnut halves.
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