Recipe: Grandaddy’s apple and forest fruit crumble

Ted Crumble

Where did the time go?

My little boy is starting primary school. I’m used to him being in preschool or nursery all day so being away from me isn’t that new.

It is however a step on the way to my losing my motherly grip on what he does, what he eats, who his friends are etc.

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I hope as he gets bigger that he’ll still enjoy helping me in the kitchen like the day we made this crumble.

Now crumble isn’t rocket science but when you’re only four, it’s nice to have a dish that you feel like you’ve made all by yourself.

We already had a big batch of cooked apple chunks from Grandaddy’s tree. They’d been wrapped in newspaper in the shed for a few months and it was time to use them up before the new ones arrived this autumn.

Magic moments… never has a simple pudding tasted so good.

Ted Crumble

Recipe: Grandaddy’s Apple and Forest Fruit Crumble
Serves 4-5

For the crumble topping
50g wholemeal flour
40g plain flour
30g wheatgerm
50g unsalted butter cut into cubes
30g soft brown sugar plus extra for sprinkling on top

For the fruit filling
25g butter
6 average size cooking apples, peeled, cored and chopped into medium size chunks
75g frozen berries
4 tbsp soft brown sugar


1. Preheat the oven to 180c or gas mark 4.

2. Rub the flours, wheatgerm and unsalted butter together until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs – you can pulse it in the food processor to do this if you prefer. Stir in the sugar. Set aside while you make the fruit filling.

3. Melt the butter in a medium sized saucepan and when it is fully melted add the apple chunks. Leave the lid on to keep condensation in, turn the heat to moderately low and allow the apple to cook down for 5 minutes, then add the sugar and berries and leave for a further 5 minutes. By now the fruit should be soft and cooked but do not leave so long it turns to mush.

4. Pour the fruit mixture into a baking dish. Cover with the crumble mix and sprinkle the top with soft brown sugar.

5. Bake in the middle of the oven for 20 minutes and serve with cream, custard or ice cream as desired.

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  1. says

    Awe, what a lovely post. I love a good home baked dish that brings a smile to your face like this. Hope your son enjoys his new adventures at school.

  2. Emma Phillips says

    My son has also just started school and considering he had stay home for a few days with an ear infection and burst eardrum, he is settling in really well. Although this staggered hours is a bit of a pain as I am finding it hard to amuse him all day as used to him being in pre-school until gone 3pm! He loves crumble so will give your recipe a try later – thanks!

    Emma Phillips

  3. says

    Yum yum yum. Good luck to Ted starting big school. Edward started too this week. He now says that his nursery was ‘rubbish’ and that big school is much more good-er. He won’t disclose what they are feeding him at lunchtime. Today he said ice-cream. The crumble looks lovely. x

    • Sarah, Maison Cupcake says

      Thank you! I managed to establish that fruit, potato and milk were consumed but zero feedback about school work!!

  4. says

    It is so nice having your wee ones in the kitchen and so satisfying for them to join in.

    I am trying not to think of how quickly the time will go before I too am sending my wee boy to school.