James Martin's apple crumble recipe

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James Martin's apple crumble is a family favourite. What better than a delicious dessert that helps you towards your five a day? And this recipe is also really easy to make.

James Martin's apple and blackberry crumble
  • healthy
Preparation Time15 mins
Cooking Time25 mins -30
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories409 Kcal20%
Sugar25.4 g28%
Fat22.9 g33%
Saturated Fat2.8 g14%
Salt0.01 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein7.7 g15%
Carbohydrates43.9 g17%
Salt0.01 gRow 7 - Cell 2

James Martin's apple crumble is an easy, crowd pleasing dessert you can whip up in no time at all.

Comfort food at it's finest. The nation's favourite Yorkshire chef has given his classic apple crumble recipe (opens in new tab) a tasty kick, adding in blackberries for a delicious fruity combo. The berries not only count towards your 5-a-day but add a gorgeous syrupy consistency to the fruit mixture. Finished with a beautiful buttery and oat topping. It only takes around 25-30 mins to cook and there's enough to serve four people generously. Warming, comforting and sweet, what more could you want after a winter Sunday roast?


  • 2 large cooking apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 284g can blackberries in fruit juice
  • 2tbsp (30ml) water
  • 2tbsp (30ml) acacia honey
  • 40g (1½ oz) plain flour
  • 40g (1½ oz) wholemeal flour
  • 25g (1oz) oats
  • 60g (2oz) olive oil margarine
  • 60g (2oz) flaked almonds
  • 40g (1½ oz) brown sugar




  1. Pre-heat the oven to 190ºC (375ºF, gas mark 5).
  2. Put the prepared apples, blackberries and their juice and water into an ovenproof dish. Stir in the honey.
  3. For the topping, put the flours and oats in a bowl and rub in the margarine until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Mix in the almonds and sugar. Alternatively, mix in a food processor.
  4. Spread the crumble mixture over the fruit and bake in the oven for 25-30 mins until the topping is lightly golden.

Top tips for making James Martin's apple crumble:

Add a sprinkle of ginger, cinnamon or nutmeg to give this crumble even more flavour.

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James Martin
Celebrity chef and TV presenter

James Martin is best known as the presenter of BBC’s Saturday Kitchen, which he hosted between 2006 and 2016. He's now the host of Saturday Morning with James Martin on ITV.  James started his formal training to become a chef at Scarborough Technical College in 1988 and went on to further his skills at Hostellerie De Plaisance, Saint-Émilion, and Maison Troisgros in France before joining Anthony Worrall Thompson's 'One Ninety Queen's Gate restaurant in London. 

He became head chef at just 22 when he joined Hotel Du Vin and went on to work in some of the best restaurants in London including Harvey’s in Wandsworth, The Square in Mayfair and Alastair Little in Soho. James Martin has been on our TV screen for over 20 years,  hosting Saturday Kitchen, as well as making appearances on Ready Steady Cook, and The Great British Menu and is a regular on This Morning.  He enjoys cooking for his family and making dishes that are delicious and simple recipes that anyone can follow.