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Posted on Aug 31, 2014 in Perfect Puddings | 19 comments

Dessert Week – Apple & Blackberry Crumble

Written by Mummy.


Week 4 of Bake Off is all about desserts, after hearing of a bumper crop of blackberries near the airport Jacob decided that we should make apple & blackberry crumble with of course homemade custard (eek)!

With tubs in hand we scooted off to collect some blackberries and stopped in at Grandma’s to relieve her of some apples. It was only bad planning that caused us to once again start cooking fairly late in the day.

To make the crumble we first peeled, cored and chopped 8 apples and put them in a pan with the blackberries, some water and 50g caster sugar and then heated them for about 5 minutes.

Whilst they cooked Jacob made the crumble topping by rubbing together 150g each of margarine, brown sugar and plain flour until the mixture was something like breadcrumbs. We spooned the fruit into ovenproof dishes and covered it with the crumble and put it into a 190 degree oven for about 30 minutes.

Jacob was determined that we would have homemade custard – all previous experience had involved adding boiling water to a yellow powder so I didn’t relish this thought! As usual google saved the day.

We heated 400ml milk in a pan with the remaining dribble of vanilla extract in the bottle (we didn’t have any vanilla pods sadly) until boiling. In a bowl Jacob mixed together 1 tbsp cornflour, 1 tbsp caster sugar and 2 egg yolks, to this we added a little of the boiling water and gave it a good whisk. This then went back in the pan and the whole thing was simmered until it thickened up. The result was a very pale custard, that tasted ok.

It might have been 10pm but it was worth waiting for.

Easy apple & blackberry crumble recipe for kids

Also submitting this to Beebies Bake Off


  1. awww Jacob you little start – i have never attempted to make real custard before, so i take my arpon off to you!!
    I also love apple and blackberry crumble – please can i come to try some? it looks soooo good.
    LOve you , you are amazing xx
    thank you for linking up
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  2. Jacob you are amazing. I am 45 and I cannot cook. Could you come and give me some lessons. My children would love you forever if you did!!!

    We have a huge apple tree in our garden, so you could climb it and pick the apples and then make something scrummy for tea

  3. *drools* We were just talking about this exact pudding last night, and how we really fancy one now the weather is a bit more autumnal – looks delicious!
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  4. I have absolutely loved seeing all of your updates on Jakes cooking recently…a little chef in the making I was going to put, but maybe he’s there already!
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  5. amazing Jacob – you are becoming a right little chef – I hope to see you on Bake Off one day!
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  6. That looks awesome, well done Jacob. Zak’s been making a few things too, but we’ve not had time to write them up.
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  7. Well done Jacob you’ve successfully made be REALLLLLLY hungry… Crumble is my ultimate favourite too so you are killing me!!!

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