Fruit crumble

This simple crumble is my favourite way to use up the apples that are falling from trees all over Cambridge at this time of year. But the sweet and buttery crumble topping works perfectly with almost any fruit.

Fruit crumble

Adapted from Delia Smith’s ‘Basic crumble topping’
Convenience: 15 mins to prepare ~ 35 mins to bake
Serves: about 6


  • 900 g (2 lbs) fruit e.g. apples, pears, peaches, nectarines, or plums*
  • 100 g (3 1/2 oz) optional other fruit e.g. blackberries, raspberries, or mango*
  • 140 g (5 oz) plain flour
  • 140 g (5 oz) jumbo oats
  • 110 g (4 oz) non-dairy margarine
  • 140 g (5 oz) brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon (optional)

* Choose your favourite fruit combination, but traditionally apple and blackberry or peach and raspberry go together brilliantly. Simple apple and cinnamon is one of my favourites.


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C or 350 F.
  2. Chop up the fruit into 1 inch chunks, removing cores or stones. There’s no need to peel the fruit.
  3. Place the chopped fruit into a oven-safe dish (roughly 10 x 8 inches).
  4. Optionally, sprinkle berries or chopped mango over the other fruit.
  5. If the fruit you’re using is particularly sour, you may want to sprinkle a little extra brown sugar over the fruit at this stage.
  6. Put the flour, oats, margarine, brown sugar, and cinnamon (if using) into a medium bowl. Combine with a spoon until the ingredients are well dispersed and the mixture looks crumbly. It may help to use your fingertips to rub the ingredients together.
  7. Sprinkle the crumble mixture evenly over the fruit.
  8. Place the crumble in the oven for about 35 minutes, until the top is golden brown.
  9. Serve warm with non-dairy custard or ice cream.

How many EA Tasty Spoons does it get?

  1. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32 No animal products. Completely vegan.
  2. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32As far as I know, not harmful to the environment, so long as you can find palm oil-free, non-dairy margarine.
  3. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32Depending on the fruit you choose, fairly cheap. If you live somewhere with lots of apple trees and berry bushes, it’s not hard to find free fruit in early Autumn/Fall.
  4. Healthier than most desserts because it contains lots of fruit, but still not especially healthy because of the sugar.
  5. Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 18.53.32Such a delicious and comforting dessert.

Total EA Tasty Spoons: 4


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