I haven’t done a baking post in a long time… but I have done a lot of baking. The end of August was chaotic with cake sales, birthdays and other sugary events. As September is the start of Autumn, I think it would be appropriate to do a seasonal bake: blackberry and apple crumble.
Blackberries: Your main ingredient is easy to aquire and blackberry picking is a very fun activity! Just make sure that you are not trespassing private land or over-picking. You must leave some for the birds! We needed 500g to fill the dish.
Bramely apples: We have an apple tree in the back garden but only needed three for this recipe. If you cannot pick from a tree, choose some Bramely apples from the supermarket!
Flour: We used 8oz of flour (plain or self-raising doesn’t matter – this is just for the crumble)
Sugar: There is no exact measurement for the amount of sugar but we used it for stewing, the crumble and sprinkling on top of the blackberry and apple centre. Make sure you have enough for this!
Margarine: The last ingredient is 3oz of magarine (you could also use butter, but marg is softer and easier to work with)
- First of all, stew the apple. You will need three finely sliced apples (cored and peeled) in a pan with a drop of water and enough sugar to reduce the sourness. It takes about 10 minutes, but in the meantime you can be prepring the crumble.
- Rub together the margarine and flour until it becomes crumbly to touch. It will be a similar texture to the flour but less fine.
- Add in a small amount of sugar: enough for it to taste slightly sweet. Don’t add too much because there is no going back. Mix in it will.
- Your apple should be ready now. Spoon it into the bottom of a Pyrex or porcelain tray. Make sure the apple reaches every corner and that it is spread evenly.
- Add fresh blackberries on top of the apple but not completely covering it! It should look a but like this:
- Then add a light dust of sugar before you pour on the crumble topping.
- Put in the oven at 160-180 degrees Celsuis for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown on top!
- Serve warm on its own or with a scoop of ice-cream – your choice!
Though this post is different to the usual bookish theme, I hope you enjoyed it! If you get a chance to follow this recipe then please show me your results (via email or Instagram).
Have you ever gone blackberry picking? What is your favourite part of autumn?
I hope you enjoy your day,