• 3 Eating apples
  • 1tsp Cinnamon
  • 1tbsp Caster sugar
  • 1tbsp Apple juice
  • 300g Blackberries

For the crumble

  • 75g Unsalted butter
  • 100g Plain flour
  • 50g Oats
  • 50g Brown sugar


  • STEP 1

    Preheat the oven to 180 ̊C/Gas Mark 4.

  • STEP 2

    Peel and core the apples, then chop them into bite-size pieces.

  • STEP 3

    Put the chopped apples and blackberries in a large mixing bowl. Save a handful of blackberries for later.

  • STEP 4

    Add the cinnamon, caster sugar and apple juice and give everything a good stir.

  • STEP 5

    Tip the fruit mixture into the baking dish.

  • STEP 6

    Cut the butter into small cubes of around 1cm.

  • STEP 7

    Put the butter in the other large mixing bowl and add the flour.

  • STEP 8

    Use your fingers to rub the butter and flour together until the mixture looks like crumbs.

  • STEP 9

    Stir in the oats and brown sugar.

  • STEP 10

    Sprinkle the mixture over the fruit in the baking dish. Try and cover it as evenly as you can.

  • STEP 11

    Stick the remaining blackberries into the top of the crumble to decorate.

  • STEP 12

    Cook for 40 minutes.

  • It’s best to use cold butter for this recipe - warm butter can easily become a dough rather than the crumbs you need.
  • Why not try different fruits for the filling, like pear, peach or blueberries - or even a mixture.
  • Gruffalo Crumble is best served hot. For an extra treat, you could eat it with ice cream or custard.
  • This recipe and so many amazing others can be found in the new cookbook Gruffalo Crumble and Other Recipes, available from Amazon.