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[adapted from a recipe by Jamies’ Home Cooking Skills]

What Fruit Can I Use?

Almost anything! So we’d suggest that you use what’s in season right now. We’re posting this recipe in September, when there are Blackberries (Brambles) just waiting to be picked everywhere we look, and we’ve got Bramley Apples literally falling off a tree in the garden, so we’re going for Apple & Bramble. Other fruits you could use include Cherry, Rhubarb, Strawberry, or even Plum. If you’re going with something with more liquid in,

What else do I need?

Apart from fruit, you just need sugar, butter and flour. You can make your crumble more interesting by adding some spice to the fruit, online drugstore, like ginger with rhubarb, or cinnamon with plum, or adding some oats to your topping, but these aren’t essential (and probably not what your granny would do).


Seasonal Fruit Crumble

Serves 4-6

What you need


  • 750g seasonal fruit such as rhubarb, plums, apricots, strawberries or pears
  • 225g plain flour
  • 110g butter
  • 75g sugar (plus a few teaspoons for sweetening the fruit mixture)
  • a pinch of salt (trust us!)


  • Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Pan (for cooking fruit in)
  • Ovenproof Dish (for cooking crumble in)


1. Preheat your oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4.

2. Chop up all of your fruit, discarding any stones, and place in to your pan.

3. Add sugar. Start with 2 heaped teaspoons for sweet fruit, and 3 heaped teaspoons for anything a bit sour, like rhubarb or gooseberries.

4.Add 2 tablespoons of water, and cook on a medium heat (with the lid on). If the heat is up too high, you might find that it sticks a little – don’t panic, just add a little bit more water, and turn the heat down a bit.

5. You want the fruit to be soft and squidgy – once this has happened, take the lid off and let some of the liquid reduce. You should end up with something fairly thick and a bit jammy looking .

 6. Put your cooked fruit in to your ovenproof dish, making sure to leave room on top for your crumble mix.
7. Put your flour, butter, sugar and salt in a bowl, and rub together with your fingers to make your crumble mix. You can squish bits together with your fingers to start with, but we find it’s easier to grab a handful, and rub it together between your palms, like you’re trying to keep your hands warm. Once the mixture looks like breadcrumbs, you’re ready for the next step.
8.Sprinkle the mixture evenly over your fruit.
9.Bake your crumble in the oven (which should now be hot), for 15-20 minutes, or until the top is crisp and the fruit is bubbling up at the sides.
10. Enjoy your homemade crumble! If you’ve got any, we’d recommend some custard or ice cream to go with your crumble, but it should be delicious on it’s own.