The theme for this week’s Great Blogger Bake Off was (as always) inspired by The Great British Bake Off, and I’m pleased to tell you that it is one of my favourite things to make; desserts!
I went for a stroll this weekend and picked some blackberries that have ripened particularly early this year. There was a good handful that were already ready to be picked but not enough for my yearly jam-making session, so I decided to make the most of this early crop by adding them to one of my favourite puds of all-time – apple crumble.
I actually made two crumbles this week; one apple and blackberry and one apple with cinnamon and sultanas. It was such a simple recipe that I didn’t even follow a recipe to make this dessert, I went more on how the crumble topping looked rather than by measurements. Here’s a photo of my approximate meaasurements which were about 2 tablespoons of butter (or margarine), 4 tablespoons of flour and 2 tablespoons of sugar, which makes the topping for a crumble for approx. 2/3 people in my deep oval dish.
Similarly, with the apples I just filled the dish with peeled, sliced apples until it looked like there were enough in there for the base, threw in a handful of blackberries with a couple of tablespoons of caster sugar. In the second crumble I added a sprinkling of cinnamon and a few sultanas along with the apples and sugar. I then added the crumble topping and sprinkled each top with sugar (brown or white, either is fine!) and a bit more cinnamon on the sultana crumble. I always feel like Meg Ryan in Sleepless in Seattle when I peel apples because she peels a whole massive apple in one long curly strip and I try to recreate that!
The crumbles took approx. 30 minutes in the oven at 180 degrees and I enjoyed them with a scoop of ice cream, although when I watch tonight’s Great British Bake Off, I’ll probably add a blob of extra thick cream to the cinnamon apple crumble instead!
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