The World's Best Crumble

Thursday 1 September 2011

As soon as this month's Delicious Magazine (October 2011)slid through my mail box onto my front hall floor, and I saw it's cover, I just knew I had to make this recipe!

Calling something the "World's Best Crumble" is quite a bold statement to make and I have to say that the cover certainly had a very scrummy looking crumble on it! (I have to say that Delicious is one of my favourite three cooking mags over here, right up there with Good Food and Sainsbury's.)

They are declaring the 24th of September as "Share The Love" day, and suggest that to be a part of it we all bake two apple crumbles instead of one, keep one to eat and then pass the other on to someone you don't know, someone you wish you knew better, or someone who needs cheering up! Not a problem for me, as I am always sharing MY baking love with someone!

I baked this delicious crumble today and divided it amongst two containers, with just enough in each for Todd and I to enjoy two servings each of it's deliciousness and for a friend in need and her carer to share some of it's deliciousness as well.

This crumble is pretty amazing to be sure, but . . . you know how it is . . . I just had to make some revisions, and I am declaring them, here and now, even better than the original! I added more spice to the fruit. Their version called only for cloves and ginger. I added some cinnamon and nutmeg. They also had chopped skin on almonds in the crumble topping . . . I think the flavour of buttery toasty oats cannot be beat, and so I substituted the nuts with oats.

Oh my, this was deliciously scrummy! (no pun intended!) The tartness of the fruit, all spicy and slightly sweet . . . the colour . . . ruby and deep purple . . . the moreishly tasty pockets of marzipan which melts down into all that ruby tart/sweet goodness . . . and that buttery oaty crumble topping . . . G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!!

If you only make one crumble this autumn (and you really should) let it be this one. Seriously. It is the world's best!

*The World's Best Crumble*
Serves 6 to 8
Printable Recipe

According to Delicious Magazine, this is the World's Best Crumble. I changed a few things. I added more spice to the fruit and I substituted the skin on almonds in the topping for rolled oats. My changes will be reflected in brackets.
All in all though, I would say this is one very scrummy crumble!

3 Bramley apples (large cooking apples)
2 eating apples (they suggest Cox, but I used Discovery
as that's what we have on our tree)
the juice of one lemon
200g blackberries (about a heaped cup ful)
4 to 5 whole cloves
1/2 tsp ground ginger (I didn't use the whole cloves. I used a pinch of ground cloves, 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg, 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon and 1/2 tsp ground ginger)
100g demerara sugar (1/2 cup)
200g marzipan (about 1/2 lb crumbled)

For the topping:
200g chilled butter, diced (about 7 ounces)
250g plain flour (2 1/2 cups)
50g demerara sugar (1/4 cup)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
the grated zest of two unwaxed lemons
75g skin on almonds, chopped (about 3/4 cup)
( I used 100g or 1 cup of rolled oats instead of the almonds)

To serve:
pouring cream
warm Custard
or Ice Cream

Preheat the oven to 200*C/400*F/ gas mark 6. Peel, core and dice all of the apples. Place into a large baking dish. (1.6 litre or 2 quarts) Squeeze the lemon juice over all. Stir together the sugar and spices. Stir into the apples and then gently fold in the blackberries. Set on a baking sheet.

Measure the flour into a large bowl. Whisk in the cinnamon. Rub in the butter to make a coarse crumbly mixture. Stir in the sugar, almonds (oats) and lemon zest. Set aside.

Chop up the marzipan and sprinkle evenly over top of the fruit. Crumble the flour mixture evenly over top.

Bake for 45 minutes, until the topping is golden and the fruit is juicy, tender and bubbling. Allow to sit for 5 to 10 minutes to cool, then spoon out into serving dishes and serve warm with pouring cream or custard. (or ice cream!)


  1. well if you say this is the best then it must be,, you should know,, sounds like a perfect desert for now! Right now!

  2. This does indeed look absolutely delish!! My daughter Leigh doesn't like pastry but loves crumble so I know this will go down well with her!

  3. A bold statement indeed Marie, but it DOES look like it would be UP there in the Best Crumble stakes! Looks delicious, have a wonderful first day of September.

  4. The marzipan is new to me in a crumble recipe..must be good:) You said so~

  5. Your killing me Marie! This looks so good especially with that cream poured all over it! I wish I could be your charitable cause and you could send me a goodie! Do you think it would make it to NY?? Hahaha....wishful thinking!
    Thanks for the wonderful start to my morning (again)
    Big Hug

  6. I'll be over any minute. Please keep an extra for me. This looks delicious and I love the idea of marzipan.

  7. wow, I bet this really is the world's best crumble! bravo!!!

  8. The 24th Sept is now in my diary! I too drooled over the front cover of teh magazine ... have you seen Olive's yet? Sigh!

  9. Marie, this look delicious I love crumbles always,and this dear look georgeous and delicious, nice recipe, send you huggs and loads of love!! gloria

  10. Oh, Marie! How is you don't weigh just tons? Your food is ALL so delicious!

  11. Wow, does that look good, Marie! I want some. We're still in the hottest part of summer here in Southern California, so hot desserts don't sound so appetizing - yet! But I love fall food, so I'll be making this sometime soon.

  12. We love the taste
    of almond paste in
    our family, so this
    will be divine!! I
    just have to figure
    a good substitute for
    the apples you have
    mentioned, as I'm not
    sure what we have in
    our area that is
    comparable. You've
    outdone yourself again,
    xx Suzanne

  13. Hi Marie, I too wanted to make this as soon as my Delicious mag came through the door. Haven't got round to it yet so I'll just drool over yours. Thanks for entering it into Simple and in Season!

  14. Hi Marie, you're included in my Simple and in Season round-up today! Ren x

  15. I came over from Ren's! I couldn't resist clicking on it because it said "The best crumble"! I really like that you included all your little notes on the sides in brackets, and the end results really do look scrummy (:



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