I don’t think I have ever met anyone who doesn’t love a crumble, and if I had I would probably report then to be sectioned! Crumble is one of life’s great comforts and is probably the most popular dessert on any menu, well perhaps a toss-up with sticky toffee pudding (I’m a sucker for caramel)! A good crumble is also a sign that autumn is officially here. So bring on the cosy dark nights by the fire, fighting your way through piles of crispy golden leaves and the evidence of your breath on the morning air; because if this means its crumble season then I have forgotten about summer already!
For the crumble
– 100g plain flour
– 4 tbsp rolled oats or granola
– 2 tbsp brown sugar
– Good pinch of cinnamon
– 50g unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
For the filling
– 2 large apples – cored but not peeled and cut into chunks
– 4 plums – destined and cut into chunks
– 1 pear – cut into chunks
– 6 tbsp caster sugar
– 1 good pinch of ground cinnamon
– Juice of ½ lemon
– 1 tsp vanilla essence
– Nob of butter
Oven to 180’c
Heat a small nob of butter in a pan with the caster sugar until it caramelises
Add the remaining filling ingredients and simmer for 3-5 minutes
Pour into an oven proof dish and set aside
To make the topping, place the flour, sugar, butter and cinnamon in a bowl together and rub with your fingertips until it has formed breadcrumbs
Add the granola and stir until well combined
Scatter the crumble mixture over the fruit and bake in the oven for 30 minute until the top is golden.
Serve hot with custard, cream or ice cream.