The Hairy Bikers apple and blackberry crumble is under 600 calories per portion and can be prepared ahead until ready to bake
This crumble topping includes cinnamon, brown sugar, oats, and butter for a simple but satisfying homemade dessert. Si and Dave know a thing or two about easy cooking and delicious flavours. We are certain the whole family will love tucking into this crumble.
You might also like our stewed apples or our classic apple crumble recipe - both deliciously served with a generous scoop of ice cream. And for those of you who love the Hairy Bikers, we have lots more Hairy Bikers recipes including plenty of dinner inspiration and some tasty desserts too.
- 3 eating apples, peeled, quartered and cored
- 2 Bramley cooking apples, peeled, quartered and cored
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 100g demerara sugar
- 300g blackberries
For the topping:
- 175g plain flour
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 140g soft brown sugar
- 35g porridge oats
- 180g cold unsalted butter
- Put the quartered apples in a bowl and shuffle them around to mix them up a bit. Mix the cinnamon with the sugar in a separate bowl. Put half the apples in an oven dish and sprinkle with a third of the sugar mixture. Add the blackberries and sprinkle with the second third of the sugar mixture. Cover with the remaining apples and add the remaining sugar and cinnamon mixture.
- To make the crumble topping: Put the flour and cinnamon in a bowl and mix well, then stir in the sugar and the oats. Cut the butter into small cubes, add to the mixture and rub it in with your fingertips until the mixture is the texture of breadcrumbs. Lay the crumble mixture on top of the fruit.
- Heat the oven to 170C (150C fan, Gas 3). Bake the crumble for about 40 minutes until golden on top and bubbling. Keep an eye on the top. The sugar should go golden, not black. Cover with foil if it’s catching too quickly. Serve with homemade custard, if liked.
Top tips for making Hairy Bikers apple and blackberry crumble
Si and Dave use a mix of eating apples and cooking Bramley apples. They say it adds a lovely depth of flavour but if you only have one variety the recipe will still work. Continue reading below for some tips on how to make crumble as well as some ingredient substitutions.
How many calories in a portion of blackberry and apple crumble?
This recipe serves six people and contains 586 calories per portion. If you serve with cream or no-churn vanilla ice cream remember that this will increase the calories. You could opt for some yogurt on the side for a healthy alternative or simply enjoy the crumble on its own.
What is the secret to good crumble?
We think a great crumble will have a good depth of flavour and a perfect balance of textures. Food writer Jessica Ransom says: ‘I prefer the fruit base of my crumble to be chunky with fruit and not too mushy - like classic rhubarb crumble for example.
I also like to add chopped nuts to my crumble topping for an extra layer of flavour and guaranteed crunch. I also think it’s important to add a pinch of flaky sea salt to season and balance the flavours.’
Can I use frozen blackberries for a crumble?
If blackberries aren’t in season, you can use frozen ones instead. If you can, let them thaw before adding to the apple mixture and discard the water they let out. You can add them frozen but your crumble filling may have a looser texture.
Mums Know Best: The Hairy Bikers' Family Cookbook by The Hairy Bikers (Orion, £20) - View at Amazon
Si and Dave have plenty more comforting dessert recipes in their book but there’s also some tasty dinner inspiration too. We like the look of the minced meat plate pie and their take on classic fish and chips.
For those of you looking for more crumble recipes, we give you Mary Berry's plum crumble - a deliciously sweet dessert, our 'can't make your mind up' apple and rhubarb crumble. And for those days when you fancy something a little more out there when it comes to crumble - the crumble cake.
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Simon King and David Myers are the fantastic duo that make up the Hairy Bikers and are best known as Si and Dave. The Hairy Bikers have several cookbooks published including How to Love Food and Lose Weight and Eat for Life. Hairy Biker recipes are always triple tested and try to be as fuss-free as possible so you can trust the timings. Si and Dave have also had several hit cooking shows as they remain as one of the UK’s favourite cookery duos.
- Jessica RansomSenior Food Writer
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