James Martin apple crumble recipe

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This James Martin apple crumble recipe serves four and is 409 calories per portion.

james martin apple crumble
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  • healthy
Preparation Time15 mins
Cooking Time25 mins
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

This James Martin apple crumble recipe takes 15 minutes to prepare and is cooked in half an hour. 

For his crumble topping, James Martin likes to use a combination of plain flour, wholemeal flour and oats. This gives a slightly nutty aroma and taste and is a nice update to a traditional crumble recipe. 


  • 2 large cooking apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 284g can blackberries in fruit juice
  • 2tbsp (30ml) acacia honey

For the crumble:

  • 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. Heat the oven to 190C (170C fan, Gas 5). Put the prepared apples, blackberries and their juice into an ovenproof dish. Pour over 30ml water then stir in the honey.
  2. For the topping, put the plain flour and wholemeal flour in a bowl with the
  3. Oats. Rub in the margarine until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Mix in the almonds and sugar.
  4. Spread the crumble mixture over the fruit and bake in the oven for 25 minutes or until the topping is lightly golden. Allow to stand for a couple of minutes before serving.

Top tips for making this James Martin apple crumble

You can easily pulse the topping ingredients in a food processor if you prefer. It’s best to use cold margarine otherwise the mixture will become greasy. 

How can I add flavour to my crumble recipe?

Try adding a sprinkle of ground ginger, cinnamon or nutmeg to the filling and topping for a warming boost. 

What does James Martin serve with apple crumble?

One of James’ go to accompaniments for apple crumble is homemade custard. He prefers to serve it warm but some people like the combination of a hot crumble and cold custard or cream.

Can you serve apple crumble cold?

You can serve and eat apple crumble hot or at room temperature. If serving cool, we suggest taking the crumble out of the fridge around 10 minutes before serving to ensure it’s not fridge cold. This will give a more enjoyable eating experience. 

Save time and pulse the topping ingredients together in a food processor instead of making it by hand. This Ninja 3-in-1 food processor review explains why you should invest and has a breakdown of all the possible functions.

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This Ninja device will quickly become one of your most used kitchen appliances. It has a classic blender setting as well as options to chop, slice, knead, and mix too! 

Once you've mastered this recipe, try our rhubarb crumble or this plum crumble. If you'd like another celebrity recipe, check out the Hairy Bikers apple and blackberry crumble. 

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.

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