Sweet tangy apple, juicy blackberries and a buttery crumble topping – what's not to love about apple and blackberry crumble?!
It's one of the most comforting, delicious, lovable traditional British desserts and it's surprisingly easy to whip up. Today, I'm going to show you how to make this classic humble crumble, with all the little tricks of the trade that I've picked up over many years of baking.
By the time this easy apple and blackberry crumble comes out of the oven, it will look and smell like one of the best British desserts you've ever made. Just wait until you taste it!
Why you'll love this apple and blackberry crumble recipe
- It's the ultimate comforting dessert – like a big warm hug!
- Apple and blackberry crumble prep time is quick
- The recipe is surprisingly easy to make
- All 8 ingredients in this recipe are very easy to get hold of
- It's a dessert that the whole family will love
How to make blackberry and apple crumble
Place the oats, sugar and flour in a bowl.
Melt the butter.
Mix the butter into the dry ingredients until crumb form.
Place the apples, blackberries, sugar and cinnamon in a baking dish.
Top the filling with the crumble mixture. Bake until the fruit is cooked and the crumble is golden and crispy. Serve with ice cream or custard. Enjoy!
When you drizzle the melted butter over the crumble mixture, it's important to mix everything together until there's no dry flour and it resembles breadcrumbs. However, don't over-mix, as you might not achieve that perfect golden brown crumble topping.
Variations to this recipe
As it contains plain flour, this recipe isn't suitable for a gluten free diet. However, it can easily be adapted.
Lemon is a flavour that goes really well with this apple and blackberry crumble. For a lemon flavour and fragrance, add lemon juice (the juice of one lemon). You could even add a tablespoon of lemon zest.
If you fancy giving your crumble a spicier dimension, add ½ teaspoon of nutmeg, ground cardamom, ginger or allspice to the filling mixture.
You can take your crumble mix to another level with the addition of a few simple ingredients:
- Add flaked almonds for a wonderful nutty sweet taste and aroma.
- You can also use chopped hazlenuts or walnuts.
- Add a teaspoon of vanilla essence for extra richness.
- Use a tablespoon of desiccated coconut to take your topping to another level.
- Crush up some amaretti biscuits and add them into the mix.
This apple and blackberry crumble recipe can be easily adapted to include different fruit. Here are a few ideas:
- Replace the apples with pears for a pear and blackberry crumble. Swap them at a 1:1 ratio.
- Use rhubarb in place of apples for a delicious classic rhubarb crumble.
- Not a fan of blackberries? Any berries will do!
- This recipe calls for Bramley apples, but any kind of apples will do.
- You can also use frozen berries, although you'll need to use double the amount and cook the crumble for longer.
Use half demerara sugar with half light brown sugar for a good blend of crunchiness and flavour.
Want to know the secret to the perfect apple and blackberry crumble? Follow this tips and tricks:
- Don't over-mix the crumble. The last thing you want is tiny floury crumbs – some buttery bits are completely fine, and will contribute to the perfect nobbly crumble that makes this dish such a rustic delight.
- If you're not pressed for time, pop your crumble mix in the fridge or freezer for 20 minutes or so. Chilling it will help to produce a crunchy texture.
- Press a fork over the surface of the crumble topping to give it a nice design finish.
- For variety, mix up the different types if apples and chop them in different shapes and sizes.
- You can make a large batch of crumble topping to keep in the cupboard and add to fruit dishes whenever you please.
What to serve with apple and blackberry crumble
A sweet on the side
This apple and blackberry crumble tastes incredible with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side. Simple and delicious! You can jazz things up a little bit and try a more offbeat flavour – check out my hokey pokey ice cream, rum and raisin ice cream, and bubble gum ice cream recipes.
Another terrific addition to this crumble is custard. The classic combo, crumble and custard conjures up feelings of British summers in the countryside. Pure bliss! Add a raspberry twist with my glorious pink custard.
You normally think of wine pairings with savoury dishes, but trust me... this apple blackberry crumble recipe is made all the more magnificent with the addition of the right wine. Find the right flavours to mingle in harmony with the sweet tangy fruit and the buttery crumble, and you've got a truly memorable double act!
My top tip for tipple would be an off dry German Riesling.
What are the best apples for this crumble?
You might be tempted to use eating apples for this apple and blackberry crumble. After all, you'll most likely have some in the fridge or the cupboard.
However, cooking apples are the best kind to use when it comes to baking recipes like this apple and blackberry crumble. That's because they're firm enough to hold their texture after being baked.
The best kind of baking apples include Granny Smith and Bramley apples. In this recipe, I used Bramley apples. Feel free to experiment with other types of cooking apple.
How do you know when blackberries are ripe?
When the blackberry has a deep colouring, is slightly tender and nice and plump, then it's perfectly ripe!
If you can use foraged blackberries from brambles for this recipe, then all the better! There's nothing quite like using your own apples and blackberries to make a delicious crumble.
Can I use frozen berries to make an apple blackberry crumble?
Yes, you can. However, you'll need to adjust the quantity somewhat. Use 2 cups of frozen blackberries in this recipe. Rinse them under cold water first.
You might also have to extend the cooking time, as starting with frozen ingredients means the crumble will take longer to bake.
What oats should I use for crumble topping?
Why is my crumble topping not crumbly?
This often happens when you over-mix the crumble topping mixture. Also, using too much butter or butter that's too hot can cause the crumble mix to become too soggy. So, make sure you follow the precise measurements below.
How do you store apple and blackberry crumble?
Apple and blackberry crumble should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge. It will keep for up to five days.
Can you freeze fruit crumble?
Yes. Any fruit crumble can be frozen for up to three months. Simply store it in a freezer-safe airtight container – remember to label the container with the date of freezing.
Can you make this crumble ahead of time?
You can make up the crumble topping mix beforehand, but I recommend baking the crumble on the day you plan to serve it.
More fabulous fruit crumble recipes
If you're a fan of fruit crumbles, you'll absolutely adore these recipes!
- Apple and rhubarb crumble – another magnificent classic crumble recipe, this one utilises the highly underrated rhubarb
- Apple crumble slice – a delicious twist on the humble crumble, this recipe reshapes the traditional dish into bitesize bites
- Cherry crumble pie – a crumble and pie in one, this is a late summer sensation that tastes out of this world with a scoop of ice cream or a dollop of double cream
- Apple and plumb crumble – similar to the blackberry and apple crumble, this makes use of the delicious duo of apple and plumb. If you find yourself with a glut of plumbs, this is the recipe for you!
- Salted caramel crumble – the toasted caramel flavours are absolutely to die for! An incredible dessert that is indulgent and easy to make
- Rhubarb and pear crumble – another excellent rhubarb crumble, this time with the addition of pear, it's the perfect summer pudding