Blackberry picking: Apple and Blackberry Crumble


Food writer, broadcaster and author Caroline Hennessy has been focused on food and writing since editing Ireland’s first food website for RTÉ in 2000. Chair of the Irish Food Writers’ Guild, she established the award-winning Bibliocook: All About Food in 2005, is the author of two books about beer and food and has a column in the Irish Examiner in which she writes about small food producers and the ways in which they develop and maintain a sustainable local food system.

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8 Responses

  1. Lucinda says:

    Hi, I have been given a big bag of cooking apples – the only problem with them is that they go off very quickly – I was thinking of peeling them all and partially cooking them with some blackberries and freezing them in crumble/pie sized portions for winter emergencies. do you think they will be okay or should I make up individual pies/crumbles now?

  2. Caroline says:

    Lucky you – it’s always good to have a bag of cooking apples at your disposal! When I’ve a glut of fruit like that, I find it’s easiest to just prepare and freeze it raw. Then I can use the fruit in whatever recipe – sweet or savoury – in the future. There’s a bag of prepared plums in the freezer at the moment awaiting such a fate (chutney, crumble or jam: can’t make up my mind just yet!)I wouldn’t make up the crumbles now as I find it’s best to keep the fruit and topping separate until just before you’re about to cook it. If you want to be super-organised, you could always make tarts (pastry doesn’t get soggy like the crumble would) with the raw fruit, freeze and then cook from frozen. Do be careful of your tart dish if it is ceramic or pyrex although I have to say my mother (the queen of apple tarts as well as scones) puts her pie dishes from the freezer into the oven all the time with no problems.

  3. Lucinda says:

    Thanks -I like your idea better much better than mine – it involves less work this evening!

  4. Amanda says:

    I adore crumble! Your recipe sounds amazing, can’t wait to try it. Unfortunately, I don’t have too many berry bushes near my apartment in Dublin, but I might have to visit a friend in the countryside to stock up!

  5. Donal says:

    Hey Caroline!You beat me to it! Went out on the hunt for blackberries on the weekend but still a little small for me! Gonna try again on Saturday! 🙂

  6. Caroline says:

    Amanda: keep an eye out, you never know where blackberries may turn up in the city. There were brambles down the end of the garden at several of the flats I lived in, not very much admittedly, but still enough to grab a few mouthfuls of sweetness!Donal: I was amazed that we got so many good blackberries last weekend. I do think that they ripen much faster around that part of Galway: the ones around here aren’t quite as sweet although still worth picking.

  7. Anna says:

    Said 3-year old is still telling everyone that he made the crumble, or ‘rumble’ as he calls it……delighted with himself.We are going to make queen cakes tomorrow……icing an’all! Will let you know how it goes.

  8. Caroline says:

    I can just imagine him diving straight into your bowl, especially if there’s something that tastes nice to lick from it! At least rubbing butter into flour doesn’t give many opportunities for sneeky tastings.As you can see, our blackberries were a little behind the ones around your place but they’ve more than made up for it. Little Missy and I have very stop-start walks these days as we just have to keep picking them! LM enjoys trying to catch the brambles and nettles at the same time as I’m leaning in to get stray berries.Good luck with the queen cakes – or should we be calling them cupcakes these days?! They were always just buns in our house when we were small.

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