back to basics: crumble


Why don't I ever write things down when they pop in my head? Especially when at night in bed you start thinking of something great and you got it all worked out, exactly what you're going to write. There's that small sigh of relief and you're happy because you know just what you're going to do, yet you're too lazy to reach for a pen and paper so you tell yourself you'll remember it in the morning... yeah that pretty much never happens.

Or maybe could be just starting to forget things? Anybody with me here? Anybody?

What does all this have to do with crumble? Nothing. I just had a hankering for a little bit of comfort food and crumble for me is just right along those lines.


Walnut, coconut and apple, blueberry crumble
serves 4

1 handful of walnuts, toasted an chopped
1/4 cup of coconut
1/2 cup of rolled oats
1/2 cup plain flour
4 tsp brown sugar
1/4 cup of butter
3 granny smith apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1/2 cup of orange juice
1 cup of blueberries
2 tbsp of vanilla sugar
a good pinch of cinnamon

1. Preheat the oven to 350 D or 180 C. Mix the walnuts, coconut, sugar, oats and flour. Melt the butter and stir into the mixture. If you don't want to melt the butter, you can work the room temp butter into the mixture until you get pea size crumbles.
2. In a pan on med-high heat pour in a little oil add the apples, give it a stir, then add half the orange juice and let it cook until it becomes sticky and the apples are slightly soft. Add the vanilla sugar and spices and mix to combine. 3.Divide the mixture into 4 small ramekins, divide the blueberries among them and pour the remaining orange juice into each ramekin then top with the crumble mixture. (making and freezing the crumble in advance is a good tip if your short on time and also helps in the crumbling process.)
5. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden and crunchy.

Hope your all enjoying the long weekend!


Chef Chuck said…
Hi Ash, Love that Crumble!!
The added coconut is great!
I like writing in the early morning, as you your head pops at night...
Take care, Chuck
Anonymous said…
The same thing happens to me.

The coconut sounds like it would go so well with the other flavors in this crumble. I never would have thought to include it! Yum!
Anja said…
I'm with you! But the most disappointing is not the times I've forgotten my brilliant ideas when I wake up, but the times when I do remember them and they don't seem as brilliant the next morning! The crumble looks delicious, love how the juices run down the sides.
apparentlyjessy said…
That crumble is perfect! It has me hankering for cool weather comfort food!
Bianca said…
OMG happens to me all the time; it's happening right now, I have the pictures ready but I keep "forgetting" the words I want to say. Ah well at least there is always crumble!!

crumble and photos look delicious as usual. Love how the berry juice has dripped out of the ramekins! nd anything with coconut.....yum yum!
se ve delicioso!... adoro los crumbles!... estoy ansiosa por recibir a nuestro invierno y reconfortarme con un crumble en una bonita tarde de julio.
El blog maravilloso como siempre. besos
Anonymous said…
Looks absolutely delicious
Meikel said…
Your photos are phenomenal!
Tash said…
I'm so with you Ash, and know exactly what you mean. That crumble looks and sounds amazing! And what talent you have, really beautiful photography.
Natasha xo
Jess said…
there is just nothing like a fruit crisp.
Katie said…
where in the world are those cute little spoons from?!
Ash said…
Katie: The spoons are by Kikkerland. They come in a set of knifes, forks and spoons four each.
Here's the link : it doesn't have a direct link but they are called 'Orleans flatwear.'
I got them super cheat too, I think I only paid like $3.
Katie said…
thank you! always fun to find out something cute is also nice and cheap :)
A Bowl Of Mush said…
Love the flavors in this gorgeous crumble!
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Ash said…
Sachalouise: Double thanks! I got right on correcting that! :)
sachalouise said…
you truly rock. warms my little grammar nazi heart.
Anna said…
This looks amazing!!!
Jules said…
Love this recipe!
Just two short questions...
when you say you can make the crumble in advance and then freeze it, does that refer to only the crumble crust, or can you make the whole thing, freeze it and then put in in the oven directly from the freezer?
Also, in step two is says to add spices... what kind of spices would you add?
Thanks so much for posting it! I've been looking for a good crumble recipe for a while and this sounds awesome!!! Can't wait to make it!!!
Ash said…
Hi Jules,

First of all thanks a bunch!!! I love crumbles. One of my absolute favorite desserts!
Okay so for the freezing question. Its the crumble topping only. Doing this will actually help crumble the butter better as well.
Second when I said add spices. My original recipe included nutmeg too. But for this one I decided cinnamon was enough. That was a little writing error on my part.

Hope that helps and happy baking!!
marla said…
Such beautiful crumbles!

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