Apply, Berry & Almond CrumbleApply, Berry & Almond CrumbleApply, Berry & Almond CrumbleApply, Berry & Almond CrumbleTamara & AmyA couple of weeks ago a close friend asked if I would like to cater a dinner that her Mum was hosting.  Of course, I gladly agreed but soon realised that preparing a 3 course meal for 15 is no mean feat.  I decided I would need an extra pair of hands & quickly recruited my husband’s cousin, Amy, to help.  You can see a photo of us decked out in our cooking finery above.

Amy comes from a family of simply excellent cooks.  Early on, whenever I was invited over for meals I would take note of the beautifully laid tables, perfectly planned menus & attentive hosting & vowed to one day emulate their style in my own home.

My first few stabs at entertaining were nothing short of disastrous;  I tried to make something like THIS & burnt the breadcrumbs, I served Asparagus so overcooked it no longer resembled its namesake & I once kept people waiting an hour in between their starter & main course due to unforeseen problems thawing a frozen fish-pie.  But none of these failures haunt me more than the time I mistakenly picked up a bag of bulgur wheat instead of Demerara sugar and proceeded to use it in a crumble.  In spite of the unusually crunchy texture, our guests insisted on eating the dessert anyway, although I’m positive this was just a polite attempt to save my embarrassment.

A good few years on & I am happy to report that mishaps like these are far and few between.  Our dinner went swimmingly & Amy & I were particularly happy with the crumble (bulgur wheat free) for which you can find the recipe below.

Feeds 8.

4 large cooking apples; peeled, cored & diced into 2/3cm cubes // 200g blueberries // 200g raspberries // 150g plain flour // 160g soft light brown sugar // 110g unsalted butter; diced // 110g ground almonds // 75g flaked almonds

Mix the fruit in a large bowl with 50g of the sugar & transfer to your baking dish (we used individual ramekins & dolloped a scoop of ice cream on top when serving.)

Next, put the flour & butter into a large bowl & lightly rub together with your fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs (you can also do this in a food processor).  Add the remaining sugar & all the almonds & mix well.

Evenly sprinkle the crumble topping over your fruit & pop into a preheated oven at 175° to cook for around 40-45 minutes, until you can stick a knife through the crumble and the fruit is completely soft.

As always, do make sure to check on the crumble every so often to make sure it’s not burning!

S-O-T-H TIP: I tend to double the crumble quantity so I can keep half in the freezer for next time.  It keeps for yonks & means next time you can prepare dessert in mere minutes.



  1. LOooove crumbles. So simple and so versatile, (although bulgar is a step too far). I’m cooking a (customised) Indian dinner for tomorrow night, wish me luck!

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