Blackberry and Apple Crumble Loaf

Berry season is pretty much over, which makes me sad! But the other day I came across a punnet of blackberries in the shop and couldn’t resist. I love blackberries. I remember as a child walking the dogs on a field at the end of our road and it being surrounded by blackberry bushes. We would wander around with a bag and fill it with the big juicy berries. Now of course at the time I decided just to be fussy that I didn’t like blackberries so they were enjoyed by everyone but me but I remember the picking, trying to avoid the thorns (badly) and getting cover in blood-red juice when you pulled them off the bush to hard.

Now older and wiser to the magical berries that grow on the hedgerows around the UK I miss the innocence of berry picking. When its berry season the supermarkets are full of the things, blue berries, blackberries, strawberries and raspberries – they are everywhere. You cannot help but by punnet after punnet and top your morning granola with them, or stick some in a pot for a lunch time snack, or for something a little cheekier, put them on top of meringue and cream. Living in the city I do miss being close to hedgerows, passing a big green bush covered in dark plump berries. It just makes you want to go for a walk in the countryside!

Blackberries!!!

Blackberries!!!

Alas, the season is over so when I come across some fabulous looking berries I must have them.  After finishing half the box rather quickly just standing in the kitchen I decided something need to be baked with them. Everyone suggested an apple and blackberry crumble, but with a hatred for crumble I decided to go out on a limb and try a blackberry and apple crumble loaf!

This loaf is perfect when it’s still slightly warm either on its own, or if you want something a little naughty pop a little scoop of vanilla ice cream on it! Yum!

Ingredients

300g Plain Flour

1tbsp baking powder

pinch of salt

190g Caster Sugar

210ml milk

1 large egg, beaten

100g butter, melted

finely grated lemon zest of 1 lemon

250g Bramley apple, grated ( use some kitchen paper to absorb some of the water from it)

150g blackberries

For the Crumble

15g butter

25g plain flour

15g Demerara sugar

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees (fan oven), line a loaf tin and set aside

2. First make the crumble, rub the butter into the flour until it resembles fine bread crumbs. Stir the sugar in and work the mixture to form small nuggets.

3. On to the loaf mix, sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a mixing bowl and stir in the sugar. In another bowl, beat the milk with the egg, melted butter and lemon zest.

The dry ingredients!

The dry ingredients!

and the wet.....

and the wet…..

4. Stir the wet mixture into the flour and sugar mixture, then stir in the apple and blackberries.

mmmm blackberries!

mmmm blackberries!

stir everything together ... I really should have used a bigger bowl!

stir everything together … I really should have used a bigger bowl!

Blackberry and Apple Crumble loaf

5. Spoon the mixture into the loaf tin and sprinkle over the crumble topping. Bake in the oven for approx 1 hour 15 mins ( I would check it after 1 hour and see how wet a skewer comes out). Bake until golden brown and a skewer comes out clean.

Into the loaf tin and get ready to crumble!

Into the loaf tin and get ready to crumble!

post crumble

post crumble

Let the load cool for about 15mins in the tin and then leave to completely cool on a baking tray. Slice it up and serve with a cup of tea or with some ice cream!

beautiful blackberry goodness

beautiful blackberry goodness

Enjoy xx

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