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Can we agree that it is time to turn our attention to all things fall?  Let’s start with recipes.  Apple anything is always in order this time of year and this Apple and Blackberry Crumble Recipe is a keeper!  The combination of crisp apples with sweet blackberries is a match made in fruit heaven.  Top it with a simple cinnamon kissed crumble topping and dessert just got exciting!  You won’t believe just how simple or amazing this fruit crumble recipe is!  

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Apple and Blackberry Crumble Recipe, by Top US dessert blog Practically Homemade

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What is the Difference between a Crisp & Crumble?

When it comes to making a fruit crisp and a fruit crumble it can be a bit confusing.  What exactly sets each of them apart?  How are they different?

The truth is that the difference between a crisp and crumble is very small.  Both have a fruit filling, the topping is where the distinction is seen.  A crumble is much like a crisp in every way except the topping doesn’t contain oats and traditionally doesn’t have nuts, like a lot of crisp recipes.

Apple and Blackberry Crumble Recipe, by Top US dessert blog Practically Homemade

Ingredients Needed

Apple & Blackberry Filling:

  • Apples-Granny Smith is the kind of apples that I prefer to use because they tend to be a bit sour and hold up the addition of sugar in both the filling and crumble topping.
  • Blackberries-Is there anything better than fresh blackberries??
  • Cinnamon-This warm spice is the perfect way to make this crumble the ultimate comfort food.
  • Nutmeg-A small amount is all you need to get an amazing flavor.
  • Sugar-Added to the filling for sweetness.
  • Cornstarch-The addition of cornstarch will react with the juices of the fruit and as it bakes and will create a wonderful thick sauce.
  • Lemon Juice-An optional ingredient that adds a bit of brightness to the filling.

Crumble Topping:

  • Flour-Added to the crumble topping for stability.
  • Brown Sugar-The perfect ingredient for adding a rich sweetness.
  • Baking Powder-Used in the crumble topping to give it a bit of rise.
  • Cinnamon-An ingredient in both the filling and the topping, it helps bridge the two components together.
  • Salt-Adding a small amount of salt will balance all of the flavors nicely.
  • Butter-Used to help bind the crumble ingredients and give it wonderful flavor!

How to make Apple Blackberry Crumble

  1. Put the cored and diced apples to a medium bowl. Add the cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice to the apples and stir until they are evenly coated.
  2. Add the blackberries and gently fold them into the mixture until they are evenly distributed.
  3. Pour fruit mixture into the prepared pan.
  4. Combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl and whisk to combine.
  5. Add the softened butter.
  6. Cut the butter into the dry ingredients until you have a crumbly mixture. {It is important to not overwork the crumble topping or you will get a paste}.
  7. Top the fruit with the crumble mixture.
  8. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the top of the crumble is golden brown and the filling is bubbly. Remove from the oven and serve warm {or cool} with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. 

Steps for making Apple and Blackberry Crumble Recipe, by Top US dessert blog Practically Homemade

Top Tips for make the BEST Blackberry and Apple Crumble

  • If you don’t have time, skip peeling the apples and leave it on.  It will add a bit of color and a whole lot of extra fiber to the dessert.
  • Don’t forget to add the blackberries at the end of making the filling.  The reason for this is because if added too early they will break up and not keep their shape.
  • Be sure to not overwork the crumble topping.  The topping should be a crumbly consistency and not a paste.
  • Serve the crumble warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for the ultimate Fall dessert!

Storing and Reheating

Store Apple Blackberry Crumble covered tightly at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 

Reheat in the oven at 325 degrees {covered in foil} for 15-20 minutes or until heated through.  Individual servings can also be heated in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Apple and Blackberry Crumble Recipe, by Top US dessert blog Practically Homemade

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is a Fruit Crumble?

A fruit crumble is a dessert that has a fruit base and is topped with a streusel/pastry topping.  The kind of fruit that you use can vary depending on what is in season.  It is also delicious to combine fruits {like this recipe} for a fun filling.

What are the best apples to use?

Granny Smith apples are my preference when baking.  The reason being that they are naturally a bit sour, so they can stand up to the added sweetness.  The texture of Granny Smith apples will also hold up nicely.

A Gala, Honeycrisp or Fuji will also work well in baked goods too.  Especially when you use a mixture of a couple different apples.

How will I know when the crumble is done baking?

The crumble is finished baking once the top is a nice golden brown color and the edges are bubbling.  

Can I add nuts to the Apple and Blackberry Crumble topping?

Adding nuts to the Apple and Blackberry Crumble topping would be amazing!  Chopped pecans or walnuts would both be great options.  Add about 1/4 cup to the dry ingredients. 

Can I freeze fruit crumbles?

Fruit crumbles can be frozen for up to 3 months but the best way to freeze it is before baking.  To do that, freeze the crumble topping and fruit separately.  Then combine and bake as directed when you are ready to serve.

How do I serve Apple Blackberry Crumble?

Apple and Blackberry Crumble is best served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.  It can also be served at room temperature.

Apple and Blackberry Crumble Recipe, by Top US dessert blog Practically Homemade

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Apple and Blackberry Crumble Recipe

Granny Smith apples and sweet blackberries are the filling for this delicious fruit dessert that is covered in the perfect crumble topping.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 406kcal
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Ingredients

Apple & Blackberry Filling

  • 4-5 medium Granny Smith apples {peeled, cored & diced}
  • 6 ounces blackberries
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice {optional}

Crumble Topping

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar {packed}
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter {softened}

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Spray 9x9 or 10" round baking dish with nonstick spray and set aside.

Apple & Blackberry Filling

  • Put the cored and diced apples to a medium bowl. Add the cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice to the fruit and stir until all of the apples are evenly coated. Add the blackberries and gently fold them into the mixture until they are evenly distributed. Pour into the prepared pan.

Crumble Topping

  • Combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl and whisk to combine. Add the softened butter and cut into the dry ingredients until you have a crumbly mixture. {It is important to not overwork the crumble topping or you will get a paste}.

Assembly & Baking

  • Top the fruit with the crumble mixture and bake for 30-35 minutes or until the top of the crumble is golden brown and the filling is bubbly. Remove from the oven and serve warm {or cool} with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream. Store leftovers covered at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 406kcal | Carbohydrates: 66g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 297mg | Potassium: 231mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 601IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 2mg
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