Autumn is upon us... my favourite time of the year, Cornwall at its finest... beautiful light, trees in the orchard groaning under the weight of ripe fruit, veg in abundance, most of the tourists have headed home, leaving Cornwall peaceful and balmy. Huxley plodding around in his much favoured sock and Birkenstock combo, Raphael is rocking the last few days of shorts weather, our pumpkins are growing beautifully and basically everything is just mellow and lovely. And yet... there is a discernible chill in the air - just a hint of winter to come. So for my last Bioglan recipe post i wanted to keep it real with a no nonsense classic. Fruits of summer past - comfort for the gloom on the way ...
What you will need
for the filling-
- 2lb Apples
- 1lb Blackberries
- 6oz Demerara sugar
- 2 Lemons
For the topping-
- 8oz plain flour
- 6oz butter
- 2oz demerara sugar
- 4oz muesli or a mixture of oats, seeds and chopped nuts and Bioglan Chia +Flax
Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6.
Peel, core and chop the apples into small chunks. Cut the lemons in half and squeeze the juice over the apple and mix well. This not only adds flavour but prevents the freshly peeled apples from discolouring.
Layer the apples, blackberries, and sugar in a large pie dish, or you if you are like me and find it really handy to have a couple of small puds in the freezer for the kids, then this recipe is perfect for the job. You will have enough to make a big crumble for a hungry family of four and two smaller dishes to freeze.
Place the flour in a large bowl and then rub in the butter until it resembles breadcrumbs - leave a few lumps of butter so that the topping is not too fine. Add the muesli or oat/seed/nut Bioglan Chia+Flax mixture and the sugar and mix through. Use a spoon to sprinkle the crumble topping evenly over the fruit. Bake for 45 minutes or until the fruit is cooked and you can see the juices bubbling and seeping through the topping.
Ah you will have to excuse these blurry photo's, i realised long after taking them and waaaay after demolishing the crumble that my lens was really grubby!!
And finally, if you are lucky enough to have a blender tough enough to make 'nice' cream, then i highly recommend blending frozen banana, blackberries and a tsp of Bioglan Acai powder for the most divine ice cream you'll ever eat...
there are still blackberries around in abundance, get picking and freeze them by the bag full, you'll be thankful all winter long that you did... happy picking, cooking and of course, eating!