Autumn has well and truly arrived. The weather on Sunday was horrible and it was decided in the Little Birdie household that it was most definitely crumble weather.

It was a proud day as it was the first time we picked apples from our apple tree to use in the crumble. It has been in the garden for just over a year and was only a cheap tree from Aldi so we have been impressed that anything has grown. The blackberries were also freshly picked from just behind our house so the filling came from less than 20 metres from our kitchen – an impressive feat!  We are disappointed that we will have to leave it when we move house this week.

This is a Jamie Oliver recipe from his ‘The Naked Chef’ book. It is my go to crumble recipe that always goes down well. You can use any fruit or combination of fruit that you want. Apples, pears, berries, plums, peaches, rhubarb – the possibilities are endless.



225g plain flour
115g butter
90g sugar
pinch of salt ( I quite often forget this!)

455g fruit (washed and prepared)
3 tablespoons sugar

1) Preheat your oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. Put the crumble ingredients in a food processor or mixer and blitz until it resembles fine breadcrumbs (You can do this by hand – just rub the mixture between your hands).


2) Put the fruit into a shallow ovenproof dish and sprinkle with sugar.

3) Spread the crumble mixture over the prepared fruit and give the dish a shake.


4) Bake in the oven for about half an hour or until the top is evenly golden. (If it starts to go darker around the edge, turn the oven down a little.


5) Enjoy! (With cream, custard or ice cream – mmmm!)


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  1. Well I have some blackberries in the freezer, cream in the fridge and there is always custard in our house so as I have a request from my daughter for blackberry and apple crumble I will be trying this at the weekend. I’ll let you know how I get on – it looks tasty!

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