‘It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year’
Is this the same song I quote at the start of my festive bakes every… single… year? Yes, yes it is. I feel like it’s become a tradition here on my blog to open my first post of the festive season with these lyrics and I’ll be damned if I’m changing that now, it could be bad luck…
Anyway, you’ll know if you’ve been around here a while that the festive season officially begins on November 1st for me. Once Halloween comes to a end and clock chimes 12am, it’s full steam ahead with the Christmas content.
And as always, we’re kick starting the festive season with a bang!
PICTURE THIS; It’s a cold autumn/winter night, you’ve finished dinner and your snuggled under a blanket watching I’m A Celeb. All of a sudden you fancy something sweet, something to satisfy that after dinner, pudding craving. Well, look no further my friends… I’ve got the ultimate festive crumble which is an absolute must try this Christmas.
I LOVE a crumble as we all know, I’ve shared enough of them here on my blog over the years BUT never have I ever made a crumble which has the literal taste and smell of Christmas. It’s heavenly.
The winter fruits. The spices. The crumbled Christmas pudding. I wish more than anything that I could bottle the smell which filled the house whilst baking this crumble – that alone would make you want to get baking this, let alone how incredible it tastes.
Now, I know I sound like a QVC seller with the way I’m presenting this crumble to you all but you guys know me well enough by now to know that I don’t lie. If I say this crumble is good, you better know it’s good! This crumble is the ultimate Christmas pudding and I can’t wait for you to try it.
Get your apron on, turn on the Spotify ‘Now This Is What I Call Christmas’ playlist and let’s get our bake on:
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
Overall Time: 45-50 Minutes
Ingredients You Need For Base:
- 30g Of Unsalted Butter
- 30g Of Light Brown Sugar
- 1 Bramley Apple, Peeled, Cored & Cut Into Small Chunks
- 2 Tins Of Tinned Pears, Syrup Drained & Cut Into Small Chunks
- 150g Of Fresh Blackberries
- 1tsp Of Ground Cinnamon
Ingredients You Need For Topping:
- 120g Of Plain Flour
- 30g Of Caster Sugar
- 60g Of Unsalted Butter, Chilled & Chopped Into Cubes
- 30g Of Chopped Hazlenuts
- 100g Of Christmas Pudding, Crumbled Into Small Pieces
How To Make Base Of Crumble:
- Firstly, gather together your equipment and ingredients and preheat your oven to 190C / 170C Fan / Gas Mark 5.
- Secondly, in a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the 30g of unsalted butter with the 30g of light brown sugar until combined.
- Once melted and combined, add the chopped Bramley apple and cook for around 3 minutes, making sure your stirring to coat the apple in the butter mixture.
- Next, add the chopped tinned pears, 150g of blackberries and 1tsp of ground cinnamon into the saucepan and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
- Now, tip the fruit into the base of a oven proof dish (I used a large skillet but a decent sized pyrex dish or large baking tin will work too). Then, set to one side.
How To Make Crumble Topping:
- In a large bowl, add 120g of plain flour, 30g of caster sugar and 60g of chopped butter.
- Using your fingers tips, rub the dry ingredients and butter together until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
- Next, stir in the 30g of chopped hazelnuts and 100g of crumbled Christmas pudding until everything is combined.
- Now, sprinkle the crumble topped over the top of the fruit base until the entire crumble is covered in topping.
- Place the crumble into the oven for around 25 minutes or until the topping is golden brown and the fruit is bubbling around the edges.
- Once baked, take out the oven and serve with some custard or cream… or both!
That’s your Christmas Pudding Crumble prepared, baked and ready for you to enjoy!
I told you this crumble is the perfect way to start the festivities, didn’t I? how damn amazing does this look? Let me tell you, it tastes just as good as it looks.
Honestly guys, you need to saddle up tight because you are in for one HELL of a ride with the recipes I’ve got up-coming for Christmas 2022.
I just don’t think your ready for what recipes I have to share with you all over the next 7 and abit weeks. Actually, I don’t even think I’m ready. As I’m writing this I can feel the excitement running through my veins – let’s just say, i think I might have actually outdone myself with the bakes this year. I’m so chuffed with the outcome of each and every one of them and I really hope with every ounce of my being that you love them as much as I do!
Christmas 2022 is officially a go…
Let me know in the comments below if you make this Christmas Pudding Crumble yourself and if you do, what your thoughts are on it. Have I just made your new favourite festive pudding?
Sending you all tons of love & hugs as always,