Cooking: Apple Crumble

Chris tends to do most of the cooking in our house, so for me to cook it’s a bit of a blog-able event.

A few weeks back Chris was given an epic bag of apples – I don’t know if they were cooking apples or not but Chris stewed them so they could be used in a pie or something like that – but that was as far as he had got. Therefore I had a bit of a head start on making the crumble because the fruit was already sorted. It seems that I have two different recipes but the one that I was using works on 2 large cooking apples and a mango as the filling so I’ll use that recipe for the rest of my instructions.


Either way you then stick your fruit into the bottom of a dish – I used a Pyrex dish as that’s what we had – I think the similar dish my Mum would use is opaque. I would say that its about 2 or 3 centimetres deep (and guestimated from what we had ready).

Ingredients for the Topping

200g (7 oz) plain four (we used self raising and no baking powder)

1 teaspoon baking powder

75g (3 oz) butter (or margarine)

25-50g (1-2 oz) porridge oats

So for the topping, I sometimes stick religiously to the recipe and other times I guess – like with victoria sponge/fairy cakes they are dead easy (4442 formation – new blog post to follow about that I think lol.). Chris prefers his topping more oaty and I prefer it more bread-crumb like – so there were a few extra grams of porridge oats thrown in for good measure.

1. Mix the flour, baking powder (or just your self raising in our case), also add your butter. Yes you have to get your hands mucky – I’m sure there is a cleaner way to do it but this is more fun lol.Stick your hands in and rub it all together so that you end up something looking like breadcrumbs.

2. Stir in the sugar and the oats.


3. Tip the topping mixture over your fruit.


4. Level off the top and bake in the oven till its a golden brown colour for about 30 minutes at 180C (350F) Gas Mark 4.


5. Serve with ice cream, custard or cream. I had raspberry ice cream because that’s what we had in the freezer!


A friend of mine from Twitter recommended adding ginger to the crumble mix.

Did you like this recipe? Would you like to see more? Let me know or head over to Ruby’s blog where she is regularly posting the recipes that her and her hubby make. 

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    • Hannie says:

      Hello! Thank you 🙂 We did find that the topping was a bit thick but because we guessed the fruit that was probably part of the problem – let me know if you make it 🙂

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