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Could we have a crumble thread please?

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MagratsHair Sat 16-Aug-14 18:48:04

I tried to buy blackberries today to put them in a crumble with some apples, but they are non existent in Tescos atm. I'm going to use defrosted cherries instead but although I bake lots I'm not really experienced in crumbles & am not sure what fruit is good or not. There's a damson tree nearby, would they be good in the autumn?

Inspire me, what's your favourite crumble?

addictedtosugar Sat 16-Aug-14 18:53:27

Pick Blackberries straight from the brambles if there are any near you. They were just coming into fruit before we went on holiday last week, so I imagine they are fairly abundant atm.

Yes, damsons would be good, if you can be bothered to stone them all - tho you mention cherries, so I guess you have a good method of destoning.

We've had blackcurrant crumble recently, which was good.

DS1 adores good old apple crumble above all.

Blackberry and apple may suit you?

Dancingqueen17 Sat 16-Aug-14 19:21:19

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startwig1982 Sat 16-Aug-14 19:23:36

We have lots of blackberries in our garden. Even if we didn't I wouldn't buy them: just pick them from the hedgerows!

AliceDoesntLiveHereAnymore Sat 16-Aug-14 19:24:40

tinned peach or apples generally. tinned peaches are pretty inexpensive, so that's usually my option.

Northumberlandlass Sat 16-Aug-14 19:25:07

I haven't seen many brambles out yet...but I have been on holiday for 2 weeks!
Ooo love picking brambles for apple crumble! smile Autumn is definitely here

WhispersOfWickedness Sat 16-Aug-14 19:36:49

Any fruit is good, tbh, I've not tried one yet that doesn't work in a crumble smile (Ok, now I've thought about it, melons probably aren't brilliant in a crumble, and probably some other exotic fruits grin)
Anyway, cherries or damsons will be lovely, you just need to adjust the sugar level, depending on how tart the fruit is. Raspberry and apple is gorgeous grin

addictedtosugar Sat 16-Aug-14 20:32:23

Northumberlandlass - assuming you live where your name suggests, we were eating blackberries less than 100 miles south of you last week.

Banana crumble? I like cooked bananas, but I'm not sure.

Mrsgrumble Sat 16-Aug-14 20:34:33

I use fruit of the forest frozen berries in a crumble fairly regularly along with pear or apple.

Always put a good bit of cinnamon into th crumble part.

Timeforabiscuit Sat 16-Aug-14 20:37:30

I do not hold with mucking around with crumble - but Michel roux lightly cooks the fruit and then bakes the crumble topping seperately .

You then put together, heat through and serve.

I hate soggy crumble and mine is now epic!

scratchandsniff Sat 16-Aug-14 20:40:10

I quite often used tinned pears with a sprinkling of ginger or cinnamon. Oh I really want crumble and custard now.

lk26 Sat 16-Aug-14 20:45:24

Morrisons have lovely blackberries in now. I have a big blackberry bush ! In the garden. I love brambling with the kids. We have some out already and I am very far north.

Northumberlandlass Sat 16-Aug-14 20:49:47

Ooo Addicted, I will send boys out this week foraging smile

PigletJohn Sat 16-Aug-14 20:54:16

crumbles have a lot of sugar and butter so IMO are better with a tart fruit, such as gooseberries, rhubarb or green Granny Smiths. Raspberries will do.

Not something sweet like bananas or peaches.

Dolallytats Sat 16-Aug-14 21:01:18

Oooo, gooseberry or plum crumble...lovely!

PoppyAmex Sat 16-Aug-14 21:05:00

Like most fruit, but the favourite combo is rhubarb and strawberries.

For the topping - ground almond, flaked almond, oats and/or ginger biscuits.

AgathaF Sat 16-Aug-14 21:07:16

We've just had a blackberry picking session from some hedgerows locally today. I can't imagine why people buy them really.

fackinell Sat 16-Aug-14 21:40:46

I buy the mixed berries from the freezer section, they don't seen to lose anything in taste. I soak them overnight in Pimms and call it my tipsy crumble. It's fabulous!! smile

KatharineClover Sun 17-Aug-14 00:14:42

Apple, sultana and cinnamon
Apple and pear
Rhubarb and raspberry
Banana and tinned apricots

MagratsHair Sun 17-Aug-14 09:34:39

AgathaF Possibly because some people live in the middle of cities & any wild brambles have been choked by exhaust fumes & are not fit to eat.

BaconAndAvocado Mon 08-Sep-14 21:00:02

Frozen fruits of the forest (defrosted!) with a tin of peaches.

Also use a ready made crumble mix from M and S that you mix which butter, ruddy delicious,

TyneTeas Mon 08-Sep-14 21:10:42

I sometimes finely grate some lemon zest into my crumble mix - yum!

Catsmamma Mon 08-Sep-14 21:15:01

pears with chocolate crumble....sub in a couple of tbs of cocoa for flour...makes a damned mess of your fingernails though.

BaconAndAvocado Mon 08-Sep-14 21:30:25

Yum, like,the idea of grated lemon zest in the crumble,mix.

Have also used crumbled pecans too, think it was a Nigella recipe for plum crumble.

happypotamus Sat 13-Sep-14 12:59:43

We have boxes of blackberries and bags of apple puree from my parents' garden in the freezer (my mum brings more every time she sees us), so I made this

It is nice, and you can make the crumble, then cook the fruit, then put it all together and bake while you are eating dinner so it is done when you finish. I intend to make another today at DD's request, and now I have some other crumble ideas from the thread for when/ if we ever finish the apples and blackberries. I particularly like the idea of pear and chocolate or tinned peach and pineapple.

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