Free From Crumble

Who else loves crumble?!  On these cold evenings it’s all I want to eat!  I love making my own and experimenting with the fruit I put in.  Here is my basic apple crumble recipe and you can easily add additional fruit.  I love adding stewed rhubarb in spring or blackberries for autumn/winter.


  • 10 Bramley apples (I used 10 because I had a big dish and a few had bruises on because they were wind falls but I would recommend filling your dish as you chop to see how many you actually need)
  • 1 big soup spoon of honey (mine was set honey so it was heaped)
  • Sprinkling of cinnamon
  • Sprinkling of ginger

Ingredients for crumble:

  • 175g gluten free plain flour
  • 100g gluten free oats
  • 90g dairy free spread (can use butter if you’re not dairy free)
  • 90g chopped hazelnuts
  • 2 big soup spoons of honey (mine was set honey so it was heaped)
  1. Preheat the oven to fan 170c / 190c / gas 5.
  2. Peel, core and chop the apples into small chunks and place into the dish.  You may find you need fewer apples if you’re using a small dish.  At this stage you can also add blackberries (or any other fruit addition) if you want.
  3. Add the spoonful of honey and sprinkle cinnamon and ginger over until you’re happy with the coating.  Then mix altogether to ensure the apple is coated.
  4. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes
  5. While the apples are initially cooking, rub together with your fingertips the flour, oats and butter in a large bowl.  Then add the hazelnuts.
  6. Stir in the honey.
  7. Once the apple has cooked for 10 minutes, take out the oven and sprinkle the crumble mix on top.  Don’t press down as this will ruin the crumble look.
  8. Bake for a further 35 minutes until the topping is golden brown.
  9. Leave to cool slightly and then serve.  I personally don’t add anything to mine but you could add cream or ice cream.

With this recipe, you can use it as a base and then make adaptions by adding different nuts, fruits or toppings.  i love experimenting!

The apples I used were wind falls from an apple tree on the farm, this meant that some were bruised or had bad bits so had to be chopped off.  It’s likely that if you use shop bought apples, you will need fewer apples so please take this into consideration when you are making the crumble.  I would recommend chopping the apples and filling the dish as you go to ensure you don’t overfill your dish.


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