My Sweet Crumble Recipe..

Apple and Plum Crumble (1)                                                      crumble 2

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

My personal favourite is Rhubarb; my friend Anne can’t go past Apple Crumble, while Mr Saturday Night doesn’t care what the fruit is, as long as there’s orange zest in the crumble mixture.. Everyone’s got their own thoughts on this topic, but we all agree that the quality of the crumble topping is of vital importance..

So here’s my Crumble recipe for you..                                                                            Apple and Plum Crumble (7)


  • 175g/6oz Plain Flour
  • 125g/4oz unsalted butter
  • 75g/3oz Demerara sugar
  • 50g/2oz Rolled Oats
  • A teaspoon of Ground Cinnamon
  • and just to keep himself happy, although I know that’s not your job 😉 – the finely-grated zest of an orange!


In a food processor:

  • Put the flour, butter and cinnamon into the bowl of the food processor
  • Blitz in pulses, until the mixture resembles bread crumbs.
  • Turn this into a bowl, then stir in the sugar, zest and Oats

By Hand:

  • Grate the butter into the flour, then rub it in using the tips of your fingers, until it resembles breadcrumbs HINT: If you’re doing this by hand, may I suggest that you ‘dunk’ the block of butter into the flour a couple of times as you grate it in, and use cold butter, straight from the fridge – It makes it so much easier :)
  • Add the cinnamon, sugar etc. as before then:
  • Sprinkle liberally over your chosen fruit (I think it’s best to gently cook the fruit first – see NOTES)
  • Place your container on a baking tray
  • Cook at 180 fan, until the fruit is bubbling, and the topping a nicely browned and crunchy – usually for me, about 40 minutes.
  • 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 a little ginger added
  • 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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