Autumn is here! Earlier than usual it seems, we’re only half way through September for crying out loud – where’s the Indian summer I was hoping for?! But with temperatures only reaching 15C (if you’re lucky!), blustery winds and pouring rain, autumn is definitely here.
However, it’s not all bad. Although most of the summer rained away there is still plenty of fruit and berries around to brighten up the days. Crisp apples and juicy blackberries for instance. And for those rainy days, a crumble always lightens the mood. This year we had a bumper crop on our little apple tree, the branches were almost touching the ground under the weight of all the apples – it got significantly taller after having picked most of them off. There are also plenty of blackberries in the hedgerows around here, so I made the first (hopefully of many) crumbles this autumn.
Apple and Blackberry Crumble
a dusting of cinnamon (optional)
1 tbsp potato flour or corn flour (optional)
100ml plain flour
1) Preheat the oven to 225C
2) Peel, core and chop the apples into thin slices.
3) Layer the apples, blackberries, sugar and cinnamon (if using) in a pie dish.
4) Rub the flour into the flour, oats and sugar until it resembles breadcrumbs.
5) Sprinkle the crumble topping evenly over the fruit.
6) Bake for 20 mins, or until the crumble topping is golden and fruit is bubbling.