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Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Orchard Fruit Crumble

apples, pears and plums Pictures, Images and Photos

It's no secret that I love grocery shopping, and I reckon I spend roughly twice as much time in grocery stores than most people, because of my job . . . so it's a pretty good thing that I do love it! I work as a personal chef in a big manor house and so, if I am not cooking and shopping for myself . . . I am cooking and shopping for work!

I regularly see things that I think to myself . . . I could do that and for less than half the price, and it would probably taste a lot better too.

plums Pictures, Images and Photos

I happened to see what looked like a delicious crumble in the frozen food section of my local Waitrose the other day . . . Orchard Fruit Crumble. What a tasty idea!!

I took a look at the ingredients and then dashed my trolly over to the produce section to pick up some apples, pears and plums.

Easy peasy . . . lemon squeasy. Of course, lashings of custard are a given . . .

And oh so very delish!!

*Orchard Fruit Crumble*
Serves 4
Printable Recipe

This is delicious and heartwarming. The perfect pud for a chilly autumn evening.

3 Bramley apples, peeled, cored and cut into chunks
3 pears, peeled, cored and cut into chunks
3 ripe plums, pitted and cut into chunks
2 oz butter
a pinch of cinnamon (optional)
8 oz of rolled organic oats
4 oz of soft butter
3 oz soft brown sugar

Melt the 2oz butter in a pan and then add the apples, pears and plums, coating them with the butter. Leave them to simmer on a gentle heat for about 5 to 6 mins or until just beginning to soften. Taste. If it seems a bit too tart, add a heaped dessertspoon of caster sugar. Pour this mixture into a buttered shallow baking dish.

Pre-heat the oven to 180*C/350*F.

Place 6 ounces of the oats in a blender. Blitz until they are the consistency of flour. Tip out into a bowl. Add the remaining oats, cinnamon, butter and sugar. Rub it all together until crumbly with your fingertips. Sprinkle evenly over the fruit in the baking dish.

Place into the heated oven and bake, uncovered, for 15 to 20 minutes, until the topping is nicely browned. The fruit should be completely soft as well. Remove from the oven and let sit for about 10 minutes, before spooning out into individual serving dishes.

Serve with lashings of custard or scoops of good quality vanilla ice cream.


  1. Yum - homemade always tastes better than bought in my book too! I can taste that crumble from here ... and the custard too ;0)

  2. Sooo delicious...and pretty... like an extra taste of summer...mmm... Thank you, Marie! LOVE YOU HEAPS :o) ((HUGS))

  3. "lashings of custard are a given" You're my kitchen hero, Marie. Great recipe!

  4. I love Crumbles, this look absolutely delicious dear Marie, huggss! gloria

  5. Oh Marie this looks fabulous!

  6. Great idea mixing fruits..Crumbles always work for me.

  7. I am off to peel some apples to make a crumble having seen this! :) I LOVE crumbles and custard Lucie x

  8. Oh, YUM! This is fabulous! My favorite kind of dessert! I'll be adding this to my list--you're just marvellous, Marie!

  9. I love this recipe and would never have thought to use this combination of fruit for the crumble base. The topping is great too.

  10. Oh yum!! Nothing is better than a fruit crumble and custard! We had the missionaries over for dinner last week and I made an apple crumble and served it with custard. They were a little hesitent, having not even heard of custard before, but once they tasted it they couldn't get enough! It is perfect with crumble!!

  11. Your pictures always look so delicious. I have to stop coming over here when I'm in that I-need-a-midmorning-snack-mode.

  12. Yum, that looks like the queen of crumbles.

  13. Looks lovely, i love love love crumbles :)

  14. Looks so tempting and delish - I love your crumble!!!


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