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So it’s my birthday, well it was my birthday. Procrastination as usual got the better of me and every time I’d sit down to write this post, I always got distracted. Maybe I’m in denial about getting another year older. Birthdays always make me question, “What am I doing with my life?” Of course for the most part, my life is exactly where I want it to be, No where in particular. However there are other aspects that I believe could and should be improved upon. Perhaps it is the year of change, the year I finally get off my arse and go and hunt down what I want… but for now lets all celebrate my birthday with this apple-berry crumble. I’m usually terrible at making desserts, perhaps that’s because I’d rather another beer than a plate of dessert? Or perhaps my place is with savouries. Either way this is one of the more simple ‘anyone can make’ desserts.  Enjoy and wherever you are have a beer for me 🙂

Apple Berry Crumble


What you’ll need:
  • 6 green cooking apples, peeled and sliced
  • 1/4-cup caster sugar (its my birthday enjoy the sugar!)
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 250g punnet raspberries
  • 350g punnet blueberries
  • 1 cup mixed frozen berries (or blackberries)
  • 60g butter
  • 1/2 cup self-raising flour
  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • custard or vanilla ice cream to serve (or just eat it on its own!)
Now what?
  1. Preheat the oven to 200’c.
  2. Add the apples, sugar (you really want to add just enough sugar to reduce the tartness of the berries), cinnamon, 1/2 the raspberries and 1/2 the blueberries to a pie tin, cover with aluminium foil and cook for 30 minutes until everything has softened.
  3. Meanwhile, place the butter and flour in a food processor and process until it resembles chunky breadcrumbs. Stir in the oats and brown sugar and set aside.
  4. One the apples and berries have softened, remove from the oven and add all remaining berries. Give it a good mix (this will give you a nice contrast between stewed berries and just cooked berries).
  5. Top with the crumble mixture, reduce the oven temperature to 180’c and cook for 20-30 minutes until golden brown.
  6. Serve with custard, vanilla ice-cream or wash it down with a nice cold beer.
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