Gluten & Dairy Free Apple & Blackberry Crumble

I’d love to share my quick apple and blackberry crumble recipe with you today, which is easy to make gluten and dairy free if desired. I’ve also included a couple of variations and tips.

There seems to be an abundance of blackberries in hedgerows all over the south of England this year.  We collected a couple of punnets full during our woodland walks this week and have made this lovely crumble.  It’s very cheap if you have foraged blackberries, and is a perfect comfort-eat pudding for summer and autumn evenings.

Apple & Blackberry Crumble Recipe

Ingredients for making blackberry and apple crumble:

150g plain flour (I use Doves Farm Gluten Free)
75g margarine (I used Dairy Free)
50g sugar
500g fruit of choice

Method for making apple and blackberry crumble:

  1. Turn on Oven to 180*
  2. Sieve flour into a large mixing bowl
  3. Cut marg into small pieces and rub into the flour with your fingertips
  4. Add in the sugar and continue to rub until it resembles large breadcrumbs
  5. Put all your prepared fruit into a large saucepan with a little water and sprinkle with a sugar if necessary. Bring to the boil and simmer for a few minutes to soften. (I skip this step as I prefer my fruit to still have a little crunch.)
  6. Spoon fruit into a pyrex dish and top with the crumble mix.
  7. Add to the oven and cook for around 30 mins.
  8. Serve with a dairy free custard or ice cream (I use Alpro)


Tips for making a fruit crumble

* I rarely use marg/butter, except when cooking, so I  freeze in portions of 50g or 100g. It is then easy to take out when needed and can be cut when frozen if you need less than that amount.

* Ever find the apples and pears in your fruit bowl start to go a bit soft before you’ve had a chance to eat them? Instead of throwing away,  peel, chop, and freeze to use in a crumble at a later date. See the link below on how to prepare the fruit for freezing.

Variations to blackberry and apple crumble

* use any fruit of choice. I love pear with blackberry.

* And as an extra special treat, make your crumble a chocolate one. Simply substitute a tablespoon of flour with cocoa powder or cacao when you’re making the topping. It’s absolutely amazing!


You may like to see my other tips and recipes:

* how to prepare blackberries for eating, freezing and cooking.

* (Blackberry &) Apple Coconut Squares

* Blackberry Muffins


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