Apple and blackberry crumble recipe

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You can't beat The Hairy Bikers' apple and blackberry crumble recipe with a splash of hot and creamy custard. This easy crumble is a classic.

Hairy Bikers' apple and blackberry crumble recipe
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Preparation Time25 mins
Cooking Time40 mins (or until golden on top)
Total Time1 hours 5 mins
Five A DayOne
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories586 Kcal29%
Sugar58 g64%
Fat25 g36%
Salt0.08 gRow 3 - Cell 2
Protein6 g12%
Carbohydrates85 g33%
Salt0.08 gRow 6 - Cell 2

The Hairy Bikers' apple and blackberry crumble recipe is just perfect.

Just like our classic stewed apples, this is a great autumnal dessert. Both apple and blackberry come into season in late August/early September. Si King and Dave Myers, The Hairy Bikers are experts in classic British comfort food. Here, they've landed on the perfect crumble recipe: the tartness of the warm, juicy fruit being offset by a sugary, crunchy crumble topping. It will take just over an hour to make this classic dish. It's best served with a dollop of hot and creamy vanilla custard.


  • 3 eating apples, peeled, quartered and cored
  • 2 Bramley cooking apples, peeled, quartered and cored
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 100g demerara sugar
  • 300g blackberries
  • 175g plain flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 140g soft brown sugar
  • 35g porridge oats
  • 180g cold unsalted butter




  1. 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 sugar mixture. Cover with the remaining apples and add the remaining sugar and cinnamon mixture.
  2. 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.
  3. Preheat the oven to 170°C/325°F/Gas 3 and bake the crumble for about 40 mins. Keep an eye on the top. The sugar should go golden, not black. Serve with homemade custard.

Top tips for making apple and blackberry crumble:

If you have coeliac disease, oats are best avoided as, although pure oats do not contain gluten, they may be contaminated with gluten during processing. If you’re not coeliac but still don’t tolerate gluten, eating oats should be perfectly fine.

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Hairy Bikers

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.