Rhubarb, Apple and Summer Fruit Crumble



A good old traditional British pudding! Crumble is another dish with endless possibilities, but rhubarb is in season right now, so why not give this a go?

Andrew: I was given some rhubarb by a friend, and a trip to the greengrocer turned up the other fruits, but most of the rest was in the store cupboard.

Dawn: Which is just how we operate here at Love Food HQ! Use what you have and what is seasonal, for taste and value.

Andrew: The two different sugars enhance the flavour, and the summer fruits added a rich colour.

Dawn: Save me some next time!


Serves 6

8 sticks of rhubarb cut on the diagonal into 4-5 cm pieces

150g caster sugar

1 large Bramley apple, peeled, cored and cut into 2cm cubes

100g dark or light brown sugar

1 punnet raspberries

1 punnet blackberries

For the crumble topping:

150g plain flour

75 g butter, cut into cubes

75g sugar (we combined the two from above)

40g porridge oats


  • Put the rhubarb and caster sugar in a saucepan on a low heat, the sugar will melt as the rhubarb begins to cook.
  • Drain off the liquid (this is delicious with vodka by the way) and set the rhubarb aside.
  • In another pan, repeat the process with the apple and the brown sugar, and a spoonful of water to stop it sticking.
  • Stir so the apple is well covered and cooks evenly
  • Allow the apple to cook on the outside but stay crisp in the centre.
  • Set aside to cool.
  • Meanwhile prepare the crumble topping by blitzing the ingredients in a food processor to resemble a breadcrumb texture.
  • If you prefer, you can do this by hand. Rub the ingredients between your fingers. It is more time consuming, but therapeutic.
  • Arrange the rhubarb and apple in an ovenproof dish, and scatter the summer fruits evenly around.
  • Cover with the crumble mixture.
  • Cook for 20-25 minutes at 190ºC/Gas Mark 5, until golden brown.
  • Allow to cool for 5 minutes, and serve with ice cream or custard.

Andrew: A great family pudding, for a chilly evening, and a super comfort food!

Dawn: You can have seeds and nuts in your crumble topping too!

Andrew: If you like your crumbles, make a bigger batch of the topping, and freeze in individual portions for the next time you have a go at this.

Dawn: Another time saving tip!

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