My Sweet Crumble Recipe..

Rhubarb Crumble (9)

Rhubarb and Strawberry Crumble – my absolute favourite!

There are so many things that can receive the ‘crumble’ treatment!

My personal favourite is Rhubarb and Strawberry; while my friend Anne can’t go past Apple Crumble. Everyone’s got their own thoughts on this topic, but we all agree that the quality of the crumble topping is of vital importance.. I was only moderately pleased with my existing Crumble recipe –  so I’m truly delighted to introduce you to this one – it really is the King of Crumbles!

Thick, crunchy and delicous – and it’s even got oats in it to keep you healthy!

So here’s my **new, improved** Crumble recipe for you.. go on, give it a go, and let me know how you get on..

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INGREDIENTS: This will make a generous amount of crumble topping for about 6 people..

  • 160g Rolled Oats
  • 190g Plain flour
  • 180g light Muscovado Sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 170g Butter, melted



  • Put the oats, flour and Sugar into a medium-large bowl, and mix together well. Break up any lumps in the Muscovado sugar.
  • Melt the butter, then add it to the dry ingredients, and mix together well with  a spoon – it will look damp and clumpy.

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  • Sprinkle liberally over your chosen fruit – don’t bother patting it down, just leave it as it falls. I’ve stopped pre-cooking fruit for crumbles – I just cut Rhubarb, etc. a little more finely – see picture below..
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slices about 1cm thick..

  • Place your container on a baking tray, to reduce spills!
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Oven ready!

  • Cook at 160 fan, for about 40 minutes, until the fruit is bubbling, and the topping a nicely browned and crunchy.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes
  • Serve with softly whipped cream, custard or ice cream.


Blackberry and apple crumble (3)

Apple and Blackberry Crumble

NOTES: Here’s my list of fillings to start you off.. I always think it’s well worth gently cooking the fruit before you add the Crumble topping,  which makes this a great recipe for making ahead of time. Don’t add the Crumble topping until you’re about to cook this.

  • Rhubarb, with Strawberry
  • Apple and Raspberry

Raspberry and Apple Crumble!

  • Blackberry and Apple
  • Apple and Cinnamon (or Clove)
  • Plum and Apple
Apple and Plum Crumble (5)

Plum and Apple.. An Autumnal favourite!


  • My full recipe for Raspberry and Apple Crumble is available here
  • Apple with Quince – Last year I gently stewed the fruit during the summer and froze it, waiting to be topped with the Crumble mixture before its moment of glory as our Christmas Eve dessert!
Fruit Crumble

What it says on the tin!


I started writing down recipes in an old copybook when I was about 16. With 6 children at home, my Mother was always glad of a hand in the kitchen, and really allowed us to experiment - as long as we washed up afterwards, and left the kitchen immaculate! Having a tidy kitchen has followed me through my life, as has the habit of writing down my favourite recipes; except that these days I write them for my website, and add photographs when I can. The website really started when it occurred to me that my daughter might like to have these recipes when I've forgotten them. In my early days of cooking for family and friends, I used to phone my Mum all the time to ask her for the recipe for some of our favourite family dinners. She rarely had a recipe to hand - I think, like me, she made a lot of it up as she went along.. So welcome to Eating for Ireland - these are the recipes that my friends and family having been eating these past 40 years.. yes, I truly am ancient! They are tried and tested, and have worked for me for all that time - I have updated them as new ingredients became available - I really hope you'll find something that you can make into a family favourite of your own. You don't have to tell anyone where you found these great new dishes that you're serving up - it can be our little secret, but I'd really love it if you could give me a sneaky 'follow' on Facebook and Instagram.. So off you go - have a good rummage around, you're bound to find something new! My sincere thanks to all of you who have found a recipe that you liked and dropped me a line to tell me - I really do love to hear from you! Happy Cooking! Becks xx

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