Autumn ♡, Desserts ♡

Blackberry and Apple Crumble ♡

Hello my frosted fairies, I hope you are all doing well! Although my week has been quite challenging, there have also been many magical moments. Following some difficult appointments on Tuesday morning, I spent the afternoon browsing Homesense with my mum. I was so pleased to find the shelves assembled with an array of sparkling and shimmering Christmas ornaments. My giddiness took over and I couldn’t resist purchasing four decorations to add to my collection. Each ornament incorporates a pastel, girly Nutcracker theme and now I can’t wait to put up my mini Christmas tree and adorn it with pretty decorations.

Another highlight would have to be Thursday afternoon. As I was busy tidying my bedroom, I spotted a baby fox wandering across the grass and into my neighbour’s garden. He was so precious, small and innocent; he nestled himself beneath the grass and began rolling around like a puppy. The moment was so pure and it made me think of nature, creation and the writer which prompted me to re-read ‘The Thought Fox’ by Ted Hughes (one of my favourite poems.) There are so many minscule parts of our existence that we often overlook. I think we should try to remind ourselves that when things are tough and life appears hopeless, there is still so much beauty to experience. We just need to look for it and savour it.

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Today’s recipe is none other than the humble crumble. For me, crumbles bring back an abundance of warm, fuzzy childhood memories. As a little one, they were my favourite dessert. With beautifully caramelised apples, sweet blackberries and a sugary golden nugget topping, this recipe is a true delight and so easy to assemble.

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Autumn is a time for comforting, cosy baking and this crumble is certain to warm you up and leave your friends and family coming back for seconds. The addition of blackberries to the mix adds a tart and juicy sweetness.

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This basic crumble recipe can be adapted and used throughout the year. Whether you decide to use apricots and rhubarb in spring or plums in the summer, you can alter it to fit your preference.

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Apples and blackberries are staple fruits for autumn but you could also try a pear crumble with a dash of ginger for that added autumnal spice. P.S don’t forget to serve yours up with a helping of custard or vanilla ice cream for that extra indulgence… delish!

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Ingredients:

A link to the original recipe can be found here 

For the crumble topping:

120g plain flour

60g caster sugar

60g unsalted butter at room temperature (cut into pieces)

For the fruit compote:

300g Braeburn apples

30g unsalted butter

30g Demerara sugar

115g blackberries

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

vanilla ice cream or custard to serve

Method:

For the crumble topping:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 190°c. Pour the plain flour and caster sugar into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the butter, then rub into the flour using your fingertips to make a light breadcrumb texture. Don’t overwork otherwise the mixture will become too heavy.
  3. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over a baking sheet and bake for fifteen minutes or until lightly coloured.

For the fruit compote:

  1. Peel, core and chop up the apples into small cubes.
  2. Place the unsalted butter and Demerara sugar in a medium saucepan and melt together over a medium heat. Cook for three minutes until the mixture turns into a light caramel.
  3. Stir in the apples and cook for three minutes. Add the blackberries and ground cinnamon, cook for three minutes more.
  4. Cover, remove from the heat, then leave for 2-3 minutes to continue cooking in the warmth of the pan.
  5. To serve, spoon the warm fruit into a ovenproof dish, top with the crumble mix and reheat in the oven for 5-10 minutes. Serve with vanilla ice cream or custard and enjoy fairies!

Here are a few more pictures of the end result! ♡

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I really hope you enjoyed this post my pretty buttercups! Please let me know in the comments section below what your favourite childhood dessert is… 🌸💕🍰

If you decide to try out this recipe, please remember to send me a picture of your creations (my Instagram and Twitter accounts are @xxsophiebeth)

I’m sending lots of love to you all and I hope you have a fantastical week filled with pretty pastel meringue swirls and rose petal cake pops ☁️💗🍥

Sophie

xoxo

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