The Humble Crumble: simply dairy free

Apple and Blackberry Crumble
Some people seem to panic at the thought of having to come up with a dairy free dessert. But there are plenty of simple classics out there that require very little modification to remove the dairy. Take, for example, the humble crumble. By simply switching butter for a dairy free margarine in the crumble topping this ultimate of winter puddings can be suitable for all. Either take your own favourite crumble recipe and simply switch out the butter. Or, if like me you decide to make a crumble late on a Sunday when the only shops still open don't sell cooking apples, try the below, which uses eating apples as these are all I could get my hands on. I didn't add any sugar to the fruit as the apples were naturally sweet, although the blackberries do cut through that - you can always try a spoonful of the fruit before you put the crumble topping on and adjust the sweetness to your taste. 
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  1. 8 eating apples (whatever variety you can get your hands on)
  2. Squeeze lemon juice
  3. 1 tub blackberries
  4. 150g plain flour
  5. 100g margarine
  6. 50g oats
  7. 50g ground nuts (grind up your own favourite, or pick up some ground almonds in the shops)
  8. 100g dark brown sugar
  9. 1 tsp cinnamon
  10. Pinch of salt
  1. Preheat the over to 190C.
  2. Peel and slice the apples. Add to a pan with 2 tbsp water and the squeeze of lemon juice. Bring to the boil and then gently cook for around 10 minutes until the apples are soft.
  3. In the meantime, rub the flour and margarine together to form breadcrumbs. Stir through the oats, ground nuts, sugar, cinnamon and salt.
  4. Stir the blackberries through the apple then poor into a baking dish (don't choose too big a dish - you want a good thick layer of fruit). Sprinkle the crumble on top until the fruit is throughly covered (don't worry about using all of the crumble topping - there might be too much here depending on the size of your dish, and you don't want too thick a topping).
  5. Bake the crumble for 20-30 minutes until golden brown. Serve with dairy free custard if you can get your hands on some!
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