Autumn is definitely in the air and that means one thing in my world: it’s time to make apple and blackberry crumble! I have so many fond childhood memories of foraging for blackberries and coming home with blackened fingers and a basket of tangy treasures ready for baking. I’ve always loved baking crumbles in the autumn and I love how the sharp blackberries perfectly complement the sweet apples falling from the trees at this time of year.
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I’m definitely trying to incorporate more seasonal fruit and veg into my baking and cooking, so when I spied some blackberries turning ripe in our garden, I couldn’t resist. The first problem? These were not just on a normal bush – these blackberries were sitting pretty high on a tree! As someone who is not good with heights, this posed a bit of a problem. But nonetheless, I was determined to reach them! And you know what? I think the gluten free apple and blackberry crumble I baked with them tasted even better for the effort of picking those ripe berries from such a great height!
Once I had recovered from scrambling up a step ladder (all the time shouting ‘don’t let go of me!’ to Steve who was somewhat nonchalantly holding onto my legs) I washed off my haul and set to work making my gluten free crumble! A gluten free crumble is so easy to make! I think because gluten free flour naturally makes more crumbly bakes, it makes it perfectly suited to this classic autumn dessert.
Perfect recipe for blackberry picking
I have always followed the same recipe for making a gluten free crumble, right from the time we cooked it in food tech at school. I’m pretty sure I had just been diagnosed with coeliac disease and an apple and pear crumble was one of the first things I ever baked. I’ve stuck to that recipe ever since and while this time I’m swapping pears for blackberries, it’s never failed me.
For the filling, I like to mix the fruit with demerara sugar and cinnamon. This gives it a real warming touch and fills your home with the spicy scents of autumn as the crumble bakes. I love how the blackberries colour the fruit filling the most beautiful purple colour too. It makes the gluten free crumble look oh-so-tempting as the fruit bubbles up from underneath while it bakes.
Gluten free apple and blackberry crumble recipe
So now you’ve got your haul of blackberries, it’s time to get baking! This is a great gluten free dessert to make with kids, especially if you’e gone out for an afternoon blackberry picking together. There’s no better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than foraging and then baking up this gluten free apple and blackberry crumble. Serve it up with ice-cream or custard, and enjoy a real treat as the nights get longer!
Gluten free apple and blackberry crumble
This easy gluten free apple and blackberry crumble is the perfect way to use up any blackberries you've managed to pick.
For the crumble:
- 150 g gluten free self-raising flour
- 75 g unsalted butter
- 75 g caster sugar
For the filling:
- 3 bramley apples
- 120 g blackberries (washed)
- 2 tbsp demerara sugar
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 180'C.
Peel and core the apples then cut into 1-2cm chunks. Place in a bowl with the blackberries, add the sugar and cinnamon and stir. Once mixed, pour into a 20cm pie dish so it covers the bottom and sits evenly, and set aside.
Make the crumble by adding the butter, sugar and flour into a large mixing bowl. Use your fingers to rub the mix together until it forms a breadcrumb consistency. Then pour the crumble over the fruit, making sure the fruit is all covered.
Place in the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes until the crumble is golden brown. Remove from the oven and serve hot. Can also be kept in the fridge once cool for 2-3 days.
Need some more gluten free baking inspiration?
If you want to have a go at some of the other gluten free dessert recipes on the blog, why not give some of these a try? They’re perfect to satisfy any sweet cravings – and all so easy to make!
- Gluten free banana and caramel upside-down cake
- Easy gluten free jam roly-poly recipe
- Gluten free sticky toffee apple upside-down cake
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