Since having my little man I have had SUCH a sweet tooth and Im a sucker for puddings; crumble, I have found, is so so easy once you know how and makes a great after dinner treat and quick family recipe for when you haven’t got much time.
My Grandma always used to pick blackberries for crumble from the side of the road (… definite Gypsy heritage coming out there!) and my other Nanny would have a gooseberry bush and rhubarb growing in her garden so crumble is a very nostalgic pudding for me.
Wether you like it swimming in cream (… like me) or custard or just on its own, crumble is a great quick and easy pudding for the whole family to enjoy; My husband, who is usually a cheese and cracker man after a meal loves it when I whip up a quick crumble so I know its good stuff!
I also have found that you can adapt the best crumble recipes to use whichever fruit you fancy! Mine thankfully is one of those, taken from snippets of different recipes I have come across and made my own; tried and tested!
For the fruit compote:
500g approx of your fruit of choice (Apple, Apple and Blackberries, Rhubarb, Gooseberry, Red Fruits for example)
85g Caster Sugar
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
For the Crumble Topping:
200g Plain Floue
100g Caster Sugar
If you are using fruits that need peeling and/or chopping then do this first before adding into a saucepan with the rest of the compote ingredients.
(If you are using hard fruits that need to soften first then just use those for the following step before adding the soft fruit/s)
Simmer gently until the fruit has softened slightly; around 5 minutes, and then add your soft fruit/s and continue to simmer for a further 10 minutes. If you are just using hard fruits then just simmer for around 10 minutes altogether.
The mixture will still be very separated and will not look much like a compote yet but it will do once cooked in the oven.
Tip the compote mixture into the bottom of an ovenproof dish and set to one side.
In a mixing bowl measure out all of your Crumble Topping ingredients.
Combine them together using your hands until all of the butter is mixed in and the mixture os starting to clump together.
Sprinkle and spread the Crumble Topping above your compote mixture and add a final sprinkling of caster sugar to give it a lovely crispy top.
If you are not ready to cook your crumble yet you can leave it to one side until ready for the oven (the beauty of this is you can prep it when you have time and shove in the oven when your ready!)
Preheat your oven to 180 Degrees (Fan Oven) and cook for around 30-40 minutes or until the fruit compote is bubbling and the topping is browning.
Remove from the oven and let cool slightly as molten fruit is not a mouths friend…
Smother with your preferred topping; are you team cream or team custard?
… and enjoy!
Share your favourite Fruit Crumble combinations and choose your side; Team Cream or Team Custard?