This Easy Homemade Apple and Blackberry Crumble is the ultimate Autumn or Fall dessert. It screams all things Comfort. This dessert combines a warming, caramelised and fragrant fruit filling with a gorgeously crispy, crunchy, crumble topping. It takes minutes to prepare. What's more? This delicious dessert is a real crowd favorite. A recipe that is loved by all! The perfect pudding for a cold evening in. Serve warm with hot custard or a scoop of ice cream for a lovely treat.
What is an Apple Crumble Recipe?
Apple crumble, which is also known as apple crisp in some parts of the world is a popular dessert that features peeled, sliced and lightly spiced apples and a crumbly topping. In this version we add Blackberries for a sweet and slightly tart flavour.
This is a simple and comforting dessert that's especially popular during the colder months when apples are in season.
The dessert is assembled by placing the prepared apple filling in a baking dish, topping with blackberries and then covering it with the crumble topping
This is baked in the oven until the apples become tender and the topping turns golden brown and crisp.
The contrast between the soft, warm apple and blackberry filling and the buttery crumble topping is what makes fruit crumble desserts so irresistible.
Apple crumble is often served as is, but it's the perfect dessert to serve with hot custard or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Or both!
Ingredients for Blackberry Apple Crumble
This recipe is made with simple ingredients. As always, you can find the full printable recipe with ingredient quantities in the recipe card at the bottom of this post. Here is what you need to make it:
Peeled and cored fresh Apples such as Bramley Apples, Cox, Braeburns are good options.
Personally I find Granny Smith apples a tad too tart. You can also use Gala, Honeycrisp or Pink Lady Apples. Peel and cut into 1 cm cubes or as evenly as possible. These are cooked with Butter, Sugar, Cinnamon and Vanilla to add flavour.
For plenty of flavour.
It is best to keep these juicy blackberries whole. I like to go blackberry picking to get the most juicy delicious blackberries.
I usually taste one to see if it is more on the sweet or tart side and then adjust the sugar in the recipe accordingly.
Light Brown Sugar
You can use light or dark brown sugar in this recipe.
Plain Flour/All Purpose Flour
This thickens the juices. You can use Corn Flour/Corn Starch if you prefer or a bit of both.
Instant Oats or Rolled Oats for added texture and a crunchy topping.
This adds colour and crunch. You can also use Light Brown or more Caster Sugar.
We use this to sweeten the crumble.
Ground Cinnamon, Ginger, Cardamom, Nutmeg, All Spice
Adds aroma, warmth, and is the perfect spice that goes with this fruit filling.
Use cold Butter. This makes a rich golden crumble that is is simply irresistible!
How to Make Apple Blackberry Crumble
This simple dessert comes together quickly. For the full step by step instructions, scroll to the bottom of the page for the recipe card.
Peel, core and dice the apples.
Add to a pan with Light Brown Sugar, Butter, Vanilla and Cinnamon. Cook over low heat for 10 minutes stirring regularly.
Scatter over the Blackberries. Add Some Sugar and Cinnamon to the fruit mixture and mix through.
Sprinkle over Flour and mix.
In a medium bowl, using your fingertips combine the flour, oats, sugar, spices and butter until they form breadcrumbs/a crumble mixture. Or blend in a food processor.
Spread an even layer of the crispy crumble topping over the fruit.
Bake for 25 to 35 minutes or until bubbling and golden brown on top.
Let cool for 15 minutes to allow the filling to thicken.
Tips for making this delicious sweet crumble
Use cold butter for the crumble. This will make for a crunchier topping.
How to serve
Serve with hot Custard, a drizzle of heavy cream/double cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
It can be enjoyed just as it is but I love it with custard.
Serve with a drizzle of Caramel Sauce. It goes really well with Apple Crumble.
Biscoff also works really well with this recipe. Just warm it a little first.
The filling ingredients can include any fresh fruit that isn't too watery. In fact it is a great way to use up juicy fruit.
Use your favorite fruits such as Pear and Blueberry in place of the Apples and Blackberries. Or use seasonal fruit for the best flavour.
Add texture via chopped Nuts or Seeds, Granola, Desiccated Coconut, flaked Almonds for a crisp topping.
Use some Almond Flour in the topping for a nutty flavour.
You can use Gluten Free Plain Flour in the crumble topping and in the dish for the fruit. Or Corn Flour works well too.
Add other Spices such as Ground cardamom or Ground Nutmeg.
This easy apple and blackberry crumble recipe can be stored in the fridge for 24 hours before baking.
If making ahead, toss the fruit with a spoonful of lemon juice so it doesn't brown too much.
Once the crumble is baked, it can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days.
You can save it whole but leftover crumble can also be stored covered in the fridge in the dish it was in or an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Apple and Blackberry Crumble Recipe FAQs
Can you freeze apple and blackberry crumble?
Yes, it can be frozen either before or after baking.
Thaw in the fridge overnight and bake as directed. If the crumble is still really cold, it might need a few minutes of extra baking time.
What kind of apples should I use?
I prefer Bramley Apples for this recipe. You can also use Granny Smith apples, Pink Lady, Braeburn, Honeycrisp or Gala Apples.
Can I double the recipe?
Absolutely! Use a larger/deeper baking dish if doubling the recipe. If using a deeper baking dish, you will need to bake it for longer.
Can I make smaller individual servings?
Yes use individual ramekins and divide the filling and topping evenly between them. Bake at the same temperature for 30 minutes. Check from 22 minutes onwards.
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Easy Homemade Apple and Blackberry Crumble
- 800 g Apples Peeled and chopped into 1 cm cubes
- 50 g Butter
- 55 g Light Brown Sugar
- 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon Optional
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 200 g Blackberries
- 350 g Plain Flour
- 200 g Rolled Oats
- 100 g Dermerera Sugar
- 150 g Caster Sugar
- 2 tsp Ground Cinnamon Optional
- 2 tsp Ground Ginger
- 1 ½ tsp Ground Cardamom
- ½ tsp All Spice
- ½ tsp Ground Nutmeg
- 235 g Unsalted Butter Cold, Diced
- Preheat the oven to 190C (170C fan)/gas Mark 5.
- Peel, core and dice the Apples. Add chopped Apples to a deep 9 x 13 inch dish.
- Add all the ingredients for the filling to a pan other then the Blackberries and simmer on low for 10 minutes, stirring regularly.
- Add Apple mixture to baking dish. Scatter over Blackberries.
- In a medium bowl, using your fingertips combine the Flour, Oats, Sugars, Cinnamon, Ginger, Cardamom, All Spice, Nutmeg. Add Butter and crumble with your hands until you form fine breadcrumbs/a crumble mixture. Or blend in a food processor.
- Spread an even layer of the crispy crumble topping over the fruit.
- Bake for 25 minutes or until bubbling and golden brown on top.
- Let it cool for 15 minutes to allow the filling to thicken.