Apple & Berry Crumble – my quick version for the busy cook

IMG_0044This is a very quick and easy Apple & Berry Crumble that can be made in less than 10 minutes – it takes just 25-30minutes to bake in the oven.

Now what makes this particular recipe quicker than most is that you use canned apples rather than peeling, chopping and cooking some Granny Smith apples!

I know this is kind of cheating for the traditional home cook however I work full time, & there would be little to no chance of a fresh fruit dessert coming out of my kitchen at the end of the day – as well as a main meal!

And if you have a teenage boy in your home, then I guarantee you that they are always hungry! One lesson to learn is that dessert is a good tummy filler – and made with fruit, a healthier option than bread & butter on the table as was the case at my mother-in-laws house in the 70’s and 80’s.


  • 2 x 415g sliced apples
  • 3/4 cup of frozen berries of your choice
  • 1 teaspoons grated lemon rind
  • 50 g melted butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cups rolled oats

Place the apples into a oven proof dish – I have learnt that the best dish for a crumble is a flatter one so the crumbs are a thinner layer. Mix through the lemon rind.

Mix all the other ingredients together – and then sprinkle over the apple and press down lightly.

Bake at 190°c for 30 minutes or until golden brown and crisp! Serves 4-6

Now wasn’t that easy?

I added 3/4 cup of frozen raspberries to our Apple & Berry Crumble last night – (another ingredient I always have in the freezer) –  you could leave out the berries and add sultana’s or raisins and whole cloves for a change; more like a strudel taste!

Try this with ice-cream as a dessert or with a dollop of yoghurt (to soothe your conscious) and as a hot breakfast on a cooler Winter morning.

Happy cooking xx



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