It’s a gorgeous time of year right now. The weather is warming up, the sun is rising earlier in the morning (making it easier for you to do likewise), and there’s a general sense of springtime optimism in the air. While you’re working your way through your annual spring cleaning operation, stop for a moment to enjoy the moment… and spoil yourself with this yummy apple crumble.


You really can’t go wrong with apple crumble. The “apple” part will give your family the healthy boost they need (apples are high in fibre, and help to build strong bones), while the “crumble” part… Well, there’s nobody alive who doesn’t love a tasty pastry.


Oh, and if you don’t like apples, don’t worry: you can easily swop out the fruit for anything seasonal – whether that’s pears, quinces or berries!




125g butter

6 tbsp castor sugar

1 large egg

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 cup (240ml/140g) cake flour

1/3 cup (50g) cornstarch (Maizena)


300g tinned pie apples, drained well

1/2 tsp ground allspice

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

100g castor sugar

pinch salt



To make the pastry, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg followed by the baking powder, flours and salt. Press ²/3 of the dough into a greased baking dish and refrigerate. Combine the apples, spices, sugar and salt.  Spoon the mixture onto the base and grate the remaining ¹/3 of the dough over the top. Bake at 170°C for 35 minutes or until golden brown. Cut into slices and serve with piping hot custard.


Serves 8-10




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