Blackberry and apple crumble is a timeless classic that children through the ages adore. Serve it with ice cream, custard or keep it healthier with some natural yoghurt, what ever you decide, you are onto a winner.
I am a little obsessed with blackberry picking at the moment, and we decided to expand our horizons this year with a trip to our local orchard to pick our own apples as well. It was a heavenly morning and we were luck with the weather so the children loved it. It made making the crumble that little bit more special because they had picked the apples from the trees themselves.
Crumble itself is very easy to make and there are plenty of opportunities for children to join in too. This is how we do it:
8oz plain white flour
2/3 cooking apples
1 bowl of blackberries
Peel and chop the apples and cook them in a pan, with a splash of water and a pinch of sugar, until slightly soft.
Pour the apples into the crumble dish, add the blackberries and another pinch of sugar.
In another bowl combine the flour, oats, butter and roughly 2oz of sugar. Mix them into breadcrumbs using the tips of your fingers. (This is a really fun activity for the children to do.)
Pour the mixture over the blackberries and apples and pat down gently.
Sprinkle the remaining sugar over the top and bake in the oven for about 45 minutes, until it turns golden brown.
When I last made this the top never went golden brown, possible due to not enough sugar, so when it was cooked through, I popped it under the grill for a few minutes which did the job nicely!
(Tip: crumble can also be made with eating apples which are sweeter so require little, or no, refined sugar.)