Fruit occupies a massive part in my daily eats. It started when I joined Weight Watcher’s about 12 years ago when I realised that fruit went an awful lot further than other sweet snacks when it came to points and working out my daily allowance. I was trying to be a smartie… But it quickly became more about the fact that I actually really enjoyed fruit and WANTED to include it however and wherever I could in my day.
Confession: I am a former apple addict. Pink ladies, specifically. At one time, I could get through about 4 apples a day, which wasn’t necessarily bad for my diet but my dentist was less keen on its effect on my teeth so I quickly decided it was time for a bit of moderation. An apple a day is good, but 4… not so much.
The pink lady is still an important lady in my life and we see each other usually once a day. Melon, oranges, kiwis, grapes, berries and bananas are frequent visitors too. Massive at the moment in my area are blackberries. Blackberries are a bit like rockstars- they don’t rock up until the party is nearly over and all the other fruits have packed up and gone home. It’s like you’re just beginning to come to terms with the fact that the abundance of summer fruit and vegetables is no more and winter is on its way, along with its curtailment on fresh produce. Then bam! The badass blackberry comes out and with it, a whole world of delicious possibilities.
Fresh blackberries with some cool greek yogurt is a perfect snack or topped off with some granola makes for a tasty autumnal breakfast. Cook the berries down with some sugar to make a nice berry compote is also a delicious option or stew them with another fruit like other berries, pears or apples…
A winning favourite in our house is Apple and Blackberry Crumble, which, for the aforementioned reasons of apple attraction above, had me at Apple …
Dead easy to make and sooooo good. Strange, but it always seems to taste better at this time of the year as the weather starts to get colder and wetter. A nice bowl of hot crumble with a dollop greek yogurt after a wet and miserable run is to be highly recommended. It’s nearly a breakfast food, right? Tis now.
- 120g plain flour
- 60g caster sugar
- 60g unsalted butter at room temperature, cut into pieces
- Halved pecan nuts (optional)
- Flaked almonds (optional)
- 300g cooking apples
- 30g demerara sugar
- 150g blackberries (or more if you like – you don’t have to be too specific here)
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Tip the flour, sugar and butter into a bowl and rub together to make a breadcrumb-like mixture. Don’t overwork it tough or the crumble can become heavy. Stir in pecans and/or flaked almonds if you like.
- Peel, core and slice the apples into thin slices. Wash the blackberries.
- Put the apples in a saucepan and add the sugar and stew for 5 mins to soften the apple a bit. Then toss in the blackberries and cinnamon and stir gently.
- Tip the fruit mixture into a deep ovenproof dish and top with the crumble mixture.
- Bake in the oven for 25 minutes or until golden on top.