Blackberry Apple Spelt Crumble
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Blackberry Apple Spelt Crumble

Blackberry Apple Spelt Crumble is a small twist on a traditional British dessert, using spelt flour and lemon zest in the topping to add a nutty zesty flavour.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 10 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Servings: 6 - 8 servings
Author: Emma



  • 5 dessert apples - peeled cored & chopped.
  • 250 grams fresh or frozen blackberries 2 cups
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour / cornstarch
  • 45 grams Demerara Turbinado sugar (1/4 cup)
  • Juice 1 lemon


  • 125 grams whole wheat spelt flour 1 cup
  • 65 grams plain / all purpose flour 1/2 cup
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 90 grams Demerara Turbinado sugar (1/2 cup)
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 100 grams unsalted butter - cubed & chilled 1/2 cup


  • Preheat your oven to 200C / 400F / Gas mark 6
  • In a large deep oven proof dish pour in all the fruit and toss it in the cornflour and sugar, then place to one side for a minute.
  • In a large mixing bowl mix the 2 flours together along with the cinnamon, sugar and the lemon zest.
  • Toss in the cubed cold butter and using your fingertips rub in the butter till it looks like lumpy breadcrumbs. There is no meed to make this super fine.
  • Pour the topping over the fruit making it a little higher in the middle and a little thinner around the edges.
  • Pop it into the middle of your hot oven.
  • After 40 minutes reduce the temperature of your oven down to 170C / 325F / Gas mark 3 and bake for a further 30 minutes.
  • You want the top to be a lovely golden brown and the fruit to be bubbling underneath. Take it out of the oven and allow it to sit for 10 minutes before serving.
  • Serve with cream, ice cream or by itself.
  • Once it has cooled to room temperature any leftovers can be covered and stored in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Either reheat or enjoy cold.


For the dessert apples I used a combination of 3 tart Granny Smith apples and 2 sweeter Honey Crisp apples for a nice combination of flavour.If you are finding Demerara (Turbinado) sugar difficult to find then use light brown sugar as a replacement or even granulated at a push.