A Winter haiku + apple crumble

Winter is coming
My hair will not be frizzy
I can wear it down


It’s one of my favourite things about the cooler months. Less humidity = less chance of my hair transforming into a giant ball of fluffiness. Another of my winter favourites is a good, nourishing fruit crumble. I nearly always use apple, but maybe you’ve got some summer fruits that you’ve preserved, or of course tinned fruit is also a winner. This one has rolled oats in the crumble, so pairing that with fruit essentially means it’s breakfast. And we all know ice cream is dairy so that’s hitting 3 food groups!

Apple filling

5 Granny Smith apples
1 lemon
2 tablespoons dark muscovado sugar
30g butter
Cinnamon to taste

Juice the lemon and tip the juice into a medium sized bowl
Peel, core, and slice the apples, tossing them into the bowl as you go. Every so often, stir the slices so they get coated in lemon juice which will stop them turning brown
In a large frypan, gently heat the sugar and butter. When the butter is melted, tip in the apples and gently turn to coat
If you’re using cinnamon, sprinkle it over now
Cook the apples for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the apples have softened
Tip into the baking dish (I use a 9×6″ dish)


55g flour
60g cold butter, cut into cubes
1 ½ tablespoons caster sugar
1 ½ tablespoons coconut threads (or dessicated coconut)
½c rolled oats
¼teaspoon cinnamon
½c toasted nuts, coarsely chopped

Turn the oven on to 180ºC
Rub together flour and butter until it’s like breadcrumbs (you can use a food processor but it’s such a small amount)
Stir in sugar and cinnamon, and then the rest of the ingredients
Sprinkle on top of the fruit filling and bake for 20 minutes, or until the crumble starts to turn golden brown

  • You can easily tailor the crumble to suit your tastes; try different nuts, spices, wholegrain oats etc.
  • This recipe doubles easily, I always stew enough fruit for 2 desserts and then freeze one
  • Whilst icecream is a fabulous pairing for this, coconut yoghurt is also totally amazing
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