Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Blackberry and Apple Crumble. For the Win!!!! [How To Make]


Date: 17/9/2013

Background: I was dawdling around Tesco the other day and saw some Blackberries for sale for only £1. The first thing I thought about was… CRUMBLE! So here we are.

What: Apple and Blackberry Crumble


  • 1 Bramley (Cooking) Apple
  • 100g punnet of Blackberries
  • 100g Caster Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 100g Self Raising Flour
  • 50g Unsalted Butter
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 190C
  2. Peel and core a Bramley Apple, and cut into slices
  3. Place in the bottom of a (microwavable) Pyrex serving dish
  4. Drizzle with the lemon juice to prevent discolouration of the fruit, and sprinkle with 25g of the Caster Sugar
  5. Microwave for 2minutes at full power
  6. Drain the liquid from the apple
  7. Add the blackberries to the warm, soft apple and gently stir to incorporate, being careful not to break apart the fruit
  8. In a separate bowl, gently rub together the cold butter to the flour and cinnamon, to create a crumb texture. Cold hands and cold butter are essential to prevent the butter melting!
  9. Stir in the sugar to the crumb mixture
  10. Pour the crumble topping over the fruit and gently compress
  11. Bake in a preheated oven for 30-40mins or until the crumble is golden brown
  12. Serve warm with cream/ice cream


What was Good: Winter is heeeeeerreeeee! This means roast dinners and hot crumbly delicious puddings! The blackberries added a tangy sour edge to counteract the sweetness of the apple and biscuity goodness of the crumble. I added the cinnamon to pair deliciously with the apples. Because after all who doesn’t love apple and cinnamon!? But as I am sure you have gathered if you have read my blog before, my FAVOURITE combination is HOT and COLD! The hot soft fruit slowly melts the vanilla ice cream, and the delicious dessert fills up your tummy and makes you feel enveloped in a warm hug!

What was Bad: This pudding went down so well with my parents and I, genuinely 1278437_10151931378267774_2105346313_nthink that there was nothing I would do to improve it. My mum said that she the only improvement would be there be more of it!

Would I Make Them Again: Yes I would. You can never go wrong with a crumble.




Sunday, 15 September 2013

Starbucks on a Sunday


Date: 15/9/2013

Background: What is better than a lazy rainy Sunday than chatting with coffee and cake? Nothing, that’s what! Unless maybe we took away the rain?1369009_10151926712797774_1789672587_n

What: Cinnamon Swirl

How much?:  £2.50?

What was Good: For someone who is not normally a pastry person, this really caught my eye! With its topping of white smooth icing and golden flaky dough, I really wanted to eat it as soon as I saw it! What I love most about eating this delicious sweet bready delight, is getting to slowly unfurl it from itself, so you get the changing texture from firm yet chewy on the outside, to soft and light, melt-in-the-mouth in the middle. And the squidgy fruit and tangy orange cream cheese icing added to the great delight I gained from choosing this confection over my usual chocolate/muffin option.

What was Bad: I probably would have enjoyed a touch more cinnamon actually. But otherwise, next time I go to Starbucks, I will definitely be choosing a Cinnamon whirl again!

Would I have it again: See above. Yes I certainly would!