Alby, like most other toddlers in the UK, is obsessed with Peppa Pig! He watches it so much and has perfected his little piggy snort.
Joni and Alby were sat watching one particular episode, the one where Peppa went blackberry picking with her grandparents and Peppa’s Grandad comes up with the genius idea of using a walking stick to pull down the higher bramble branches to reach the juiciest berries.
Joni vanished into the porch for a few minutes and came back holding the old walking stick Jimi’s grandma lent us years ago (when River was cast as a Shepard in the school nativity play) and demanded we go blackberry picking immediately, despite the torrential rain outside. And so, with nothing better to do and after waiting for a break in the weather, off we went.
This is a great dessert to get the kids involved — with making the crumble topping and especially foraging for the fruit.
The topping is crunchy and crisp so when rubbing together it will be nice and chunky rather that the fine breadcrumbs the gluten free alternative will make.
I came up with a tasty gluten-free option so little Alby could have some too, which really wasn’t any extra work.
And I obviously don’t need to tell you that it’s even better served with custard and cream — why not try my Simply The Best Homemade Custard recipe!
- 400g (14½oz ) fresh blackberries
- 3 large cooking apples, peeled and sliced
- 75g (1/3 cup plus 2 tbsp) caster sugar
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- FOR THE CRUMBLE TOPPING
- 175g (3/4 cup plus 1 tbsp) butter
- 225g (1⅝ cups) plain flour
- 100g (1/2 cup) golden caster sugar
- 175g (1¼ cups) rolled oats
- GLUTEN FREE ALTERNATIVE TOPPING
- 60g (just under ½ cup) gluten free plain flour
- 30g (1/8 cup) butter
- 30g (1/8 cup plus 1 tbsp) golden caster sugar
- Preheat oven to 200C/390F.
- Place the blackberries and sliced apples in a large pie dish, mix the sugar with the cinnamon and sprinkle over the fruit to evenly cover. Bake in the oven for around 10 minutes, until the apples start to soften.
- Meanwhile to make the crumble, place all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and rub in with your fingertips.
- Scatter the crumble mixture evenly over the fruit filling, return to the oven and bake for a further 30-35 minutes, until the topping is golden and the apples are soft.
- Best enjoyed hot on the day of baking. (But still makes yummy leftovers!)