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The Perfect Apple & Blackberry Crumble

Is there anything that shouts autumn louder than a big bowl of warm fruit crumble with lashings of custard? Soft sweet apples. Tart jewelled blackberries. Nubbly and crunchy crumble topping. Delicious to make ahead and reheat when you need a little comfort food. Plus it makes your kitchen smell heavenly – all that spiced buttery and sugary “just baked” aroma – reminding your loved ones that you’re a confirmed domestic goddess. Just call me Nigella!

I would love to tell you I pranced round the countryside filling my wicker basket with crunchy apples and hedgerow blackberries, but they’re just from the supermarket. However you might be impressed to hear that I skipped outside to my patio and harvested the lemons from my lemon tree. Yes – you heard right. We grow lemons in North Wales. They’re not going to win any competitions, but they’re yellow and that’s good enough for me.

You don’t need anything fancy to make this recipe. The main requirement is to have all the autumn feels. And when you’re done, you can sit down and drink in the mouthwatering smell while it bakes.

Here’s what you’ll need …

For the crumble filling

900g Bramley Apples

350g Blackberries

175g Demerara Sugar

2 lemons

For the crumble topping

225g Plain Flour

175g Butter

55g Demerara Sugar

125g Muesli


  1. Preheat the oven to 200C
  2. Core and chop the apples into small chunks. I don’t bother peeling them.
  3. Cut the lemons in half and squeeze the juice over the apples.
  4. Layer up the apples, blackberries and sugar in a large oven dish
  5. Measure the flour into a large bowl and rub in the butter until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add muesli and sugar and mix.
  6. Sprinkle the crumble topping evenly over the fruit.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes or until juices are bubbling through the topping.
  8. Cool slightly and serve with custard, cream or ice-cream – whatever takes your fancy.

Denby Love

I’m a lifelong fan of Denby Pottery and although you can no longer buy my beloved Blue Jetty which we collected for our wedding, you might like to have a peek at Denby Studio Blue. I’m a little bit in love with it and might have snuck in a few pieces while Mr Bond was looking the other way. And have my beady eye on a few more. It matches nicely with our Blue Jetty, it’s perfect for casual dining and I promise you that Denby Pottery is impossible to smash. The only disaster I’ve had in 17 years is a broken teapot lid which is now stuck together with superglue. If you want something similar to the oven dish I’ve used here, you might like the Denby Heritage Pavillion Square Oven Dish.

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