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Apple and Pear Crumble

This recipe is definitely a family favourite. It’s a brilliant winter dessert and about the most comforting of comfort foods I can think of. The crumble part is pretty much the same as Jamie Oliver’s Crumble from Jamie’s Dinners, with a few additions of my own.

Serves approx. 8.

To make the fruit compote, peel and dice 4-5 apples and 4-5 pears (depending on the size). Put them in a pot. Cover with water, add 1 tbsp. sugar and a good pinch of ground nutmeg. Put the lid on the pot, pop the pot on a high heat and bring to the boil, then turn the heat down and simmer until the fruit is soft enough to mash. Drain most of the water. Add a good pinch of ground cinnamon and/or mixed spice. Mash the fruit either to a puree, or leave some lumpy bits for texture.


While the fruit compote is cooking, you can make the crumble. Pre-heat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4. Rub 115g room-temperature butter with 225g plain or wholemeal flour, 90g sugar (I use a mix of castor and brown), a pinch of salt, a pinch of ground nutmeg and ground cinnamon, and 2-3 crushed Weet-Bix (see note).


Place your fruit compote in an oven-safe bowl, and top with the crumble mix. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the crumble is golden. Let it cool for a few minutes before serving, either on its own or with cream or ice-cream. Any leftovers can be re-heated for a delicious breakfast.


Notes: The compote can be made using just apples. Use 8-10, depending on the size. A mix of cooking and eating apples is nice.

Weet-Bix are highly nutritious, edible cardboard rectangles that are one of the most popular breakfast cereals in Australia and New Zealand. To eat them for breakfast, generally they have to be covered in sugar and drowned in milk. I don’t know what their international equivalent would be, but a really, really bland cereal with no added sugar or anything. I use them in the crumble for extra crunch. You can omit them all together if you like.

Also, apologies for my average photos. I do have a point-and-shoot camera, but I just use my iPhone, because then the Cloud uploads the photos to my computer for me 😉 One day I’ll get a good DSLR camera.



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