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Blackberry & Apple Crunchy Pie


Perfect for autumn evenings, this seasonal sponge pudding is the ultimate heart warmer.

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  • For the pie:
  • 2lb approx blackberries and apples
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 handful sugar
  • 6 oz caster sugar
  • 6 oz margarine
  • 3 medium free-range eggs
  • 8 oz self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • For homemade custard:
  • 2 tbsp real custard powder (I use Bird's)
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • ¾ pint semi-skimmed milk


servings 6
Level of difficulty Average
Preparation time 30mins
Cooking time 30mins
Cost Average budget


Step 1

Start by pre-heating your oven to 160° (325° F, Gas Mark 3).

Peel your apples and chop them into thin segments of about 1" square, depending on how chunky you'd like your filling. Place these in a medium sized saucepan, along with the blackberries and about ½ a cup of water. Simmer this on a low heat for about 10 minutes, turning occasionally with a wooden spoon, until the fruit turns a lovely shade of red. (½ cup of water may not seem enough, but trust me, it is!)

Step 2

While this is simmering, cream the sugar and butter together in a bowl with an electric whisk or wooden spoon until combined and fluffy.

In a separate bowl, beat the eggs. Then, with the electric whisk set on low, carefully pour the eggs into the sugar and butter, a bit at a time, ensuring each dash is well mixed in before adding more egg. Add in the vanilla extract then mix one last time to combine.

Step 3

Next, sift in the flour in stages, gently folding into the mixture as you go, using a wooden spoon or spatula.

Step 4

Once the blackberry and apple mixture is simmered, sprinkle in a handful of sugar and stir. Spoon into a medium / large casserole dish, using a slotted spoon if there is a lot of liquid still in the pan.

Spread the mixture evenly around the bottom of the dish, then layer the cake mixture on top, smoothing out with a knife.

Step 5

Bake in the centre of your pre-heated oven for 25 - 30 minutes, or until a knife pressed into the centre comes out clean.

Serve warm with homemade custard (see recipe below) or shop-bought if not.

Step 6

To make custard, heat the milk in a small pan on the hob, until it is almost at the boil. Mix your custard powder and sugar in a bowl, and add a little bit of the milk to make a paste. Bring the milk to the boil, then pour over the paste and stir constantly until it turns to custard. It should have a nice thick consistency, but still be runny enough to pour from a jug.

Blackberry picking is a wonderful task to do with children, and using freshly picked fruit always tastes much better!

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