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September: Apple Crumble

The approach of autumn and the month of September sees the peak of our harvest. September is probably the most abundant month in the vegetable garden. Summer crops, such as salads, tomatoes, courgettes, cucumbers and runner beans are still highly productive while autumn crops such as apples, pears, squash, leeks are ready for harvesting.

This month’s recipe presented itself in the form of a bucket of free apples outside a neighbour’s house. No one can resist free food! A fruit crumble can be made from any of the autumn fruits, blackberries and plums for example or a mixture of everything. The recipe here will make about four portions. Allow a handful of fruit per person and scale up the other ingredients if needed.

Apple Crumble Recipe 

Serves 4.


4/5 large apples (you could use any autumn fruit, allow a handful per person)

120g plain flour

60g of sugar

80g cold butter

Teaspoon of cinnamon or mixed spice

Tablespoon of oats


Preheat the oven to 180oC

  1. Add the flour, butter and sugar and cinnamon to a bowl and rub them together until the mixture looks like sand.
  2. Peel and the chop the apples, add to an ovenproof dish.
  3. Tip the flour and butter mix over the apples and sprinkle over the oats.
  4. Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes.
  5. Serve with cream or custard for a delicious autumn treat.


Apple crumble recipe