Home Grown Pear, Blackberry and Apple Crumble

Friday, September 22, 2017

Apple crumble has always been my absolute favourite desert, especially because it reminds me of my favourite time of year, Autumn. Although there are a ton of amazing vegan desert options, sometimes you just can't beat a traditional, homemade fruit crumble. As the pear tree in our garden has been fruiting recently and blackberries seem to be everywhere, I thought I'd make use of the abundance of fruit available to me and get a crumble in the oven because, if I'm honest, it would be rude not to! While crumble always tastes good, we had a particularly rainy weekend this week and crumble definitely tastes even better, fresh from the oven on a rainy Sunday.

This crumble recipe is ideal for anyone just getting into vegan baking, or trying to win over a non-vegan as you really can't tell the difference between this recipe and a non-vegan one! For the crumble you will need:

For the recipe you will need:
- 2 Granny Smith Apples
- 2 Large Pears
- 250g Blackberries
- 100g Dairy Free Butter
- 125g Soft Brown Sugar
- 200g Plain Flour
- 3 tsp Ground Cinnamon

Start pre-heating your oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Then peel and roughly chop your apples and pears then add to a bowl along with the blackberries. Toss the fruit around in the bowl to make sure it's evenly distributed then place in an oven proof dish.

Take 25g of your sugar and mix with one teaspoon of cinnamon. Use half of this mixture to sprinkle over the fruit and put the remainder to one side.

Now add your flour to a large bowl along with the remaining 100g of brown sugar and two teaspoons of cinnamon and stir well. Once combined, add the dairy free butter to the bowl and crumble together until the mixture resembles bread crumbs. Your crumble mixture should be quite dense and moist as this will give you a really crisp, chewy crumble topping!

Now add your crumble topping to the oven proof dish and spread evenly over the fruit. Then sprinkle over your remaining cinnamon sugar and place in the oven to bake for around 25 minutes.

Once the crumble is perfectly golden, it's ready to enjoy! As with all baked goods, this crumble tastes best served straight from the oven with a hot, sweet cup of tea.

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