Well, the leaves have started falling and it is safe to say that autumn is here. We have a huge cooking apple tree in our back garden and over the years, my brother Dom and I have basically perfected the art of that most autumnal of desserts: the apple crumble.
The weekend before I headed to London, we decided to jazz things up a bit by popping down to the field down the road to scour the blackberry bushes as well. We got a nice healthy haul, and, back at home and with a few apples plucked from the tree, set to work.
For the actual crumble, we used the following measurements, adapted from this BBC recipe:
- 180g plain flour
- 45g caster sugar
- 45g demerara sugar
- 90g unsalted butter
The reason that crumble is so great is that it is SO easy that it is literally impossible to get wrong. You literally just have to add everything together.
Crumbling the crumble is one of my favourite tasks. It’s a bit messy, but it’s so satisfying watching it all come together.
Meanwhile, peel and core the apples and chop them into rough cubes. They had gone a bit brown by the time I remembered to take a picture…
Add the blackberries and put them all in a nice big dish.
Then sprinkle the crumble over the top! Dom put a smiley face on the top which you can’t really see here, and we sprinkled some more demerara sugar on for a bit of crunch.
Then just whack it in the oven (at like 200 degrees) for forty minutes or so.
Dish it up while it’s still hot, and serve it with plenty of custard.
The easiest (and most delicious) dessert in the world!