English Fruit Crumble

Everybody loves English fruit crumbles. They are real traditional, old fashioned puddings. These desserts are a good way to use up odds and ends of fruit that might be going to waste. You can rescue them with the following simple recipe.


  • 1 lb fruit, any type
  • 3 to 4 ounces granulated sugar, depending on the sharpness or tartness of the fruit
  • 6 ounces plain flour
  • 3 ounces unsalted butter
  • 2 ounces caster sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Prepare fruit according to type.
  3. Place the fruit in a 1-quart oven-proof dish in layers with granulated sugar.
  4. Sift flour into a bowl.
  5. Rub butter into flour until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  6. Stir in the caster sugar.
  7. Sprinkle the crumble mixture thickly and evenly over the fruit.
  8. Press down lightly with palm of hand then smooth the top with a knife
  9. Bake for 15 minutes.
  10. Reduce the temperature to 350°F.
  11. Cook for a further 45 minutes or until top is lightly brown.
  12. Serve with fresh double cream, crème fraîche, or real custard.



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