I love this time of year when autumn is slowly turning into winter. For me, this means chunky knitwear, open fires, comfort food, the build-up to Christmas and an excuse to put cinnamon into everything.
The last of the autumn apples are falling to the ground in my garden and it’s the perfect time of year to collect them all up and make a little winter-warmer treat.
I asked my followers on Instagram what they would like me to make with my windfall apples and a crumble was the most popular request, so I decided to make a gorgeous Apple & Berry Crumble. This is such a great thing to make around Halloween because the apples are in season and taste delicious. Crumble is quick and easy to make and is brilliant for people on a budget.
My recipe is slightly different to conventional crumble recipes, because I like to add a little bit of a bit of extra crunch to the crumble topping by adding in oats and crushed almonds. This gives the dish a bit more ‘bite’ and the different textures offer a welcome contrast.
To make the topping, you can throw all of the crumble ingredients into a food processor to make your crumble very quickly. Even though I am a big fan of the food processor, when making a crumble, I love to do it the old fashioned way. There is something so nice about getting your fingers into the gluten free flour and gently massaging it into the butter.
I always keep a couple of packs of frozen berries in the freezer and adding them to a crumble gives a gorgeous depth of flavour, not to mention the amazing colour it turns the apples! Frozen berries are great to keep – I use them for my Overnight Oats, which makes for a great breakfast, and pop them into a lot of almond milk smoothies. They are also much cheaper than the fresh variety and just as nutritious.
Click for full recipe: Apple & Berry Crumble