How to make a delicious fruity Gruffalo Crumble

“Gruffalo crumble!” the Gruffalo said, And quick as the wind he turned and fled...


You will need:

  • Two large mixing bowls
  • A baking dish (about 15 x 20cm)


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

For the crumble

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


  • 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 f lour 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.