Welly boot crumble – apples, blackberries and walnuts

Kipper and I spent a lovely morning in the woods and came away with a load of windfall apples. We had nothing to carry them in, so stashed them in Kipper’s wellies. (Don’t worry, she had other shoes with her!) Kipper thought this was absolutely HILARIOUS.

wellies full of apples

Anyway, once they were peeled and all the rotten/bug infested bits were removed, we decided to transform our foraged bounty into a delicious seasonal crumble, and named it in honour of Kipper’s extremely useful footwear 🙂

Because I had some lovely blackberries in the freezer, we decided to up the hedgerow quotient and add a few to our crumble. They stained the apples a glorious pink and tasted delicious.

I quite enjoy the contrast between a tart fruity filling and a sweet nutty crumble, so I didn’t add any sugar to the apples, but you can adjust this to your taste. I suppose it also depends on the sweetness or otherwise of your fruit. Which may also depend upon whether you scavenged it from the woods, or bought it in a shop. 

The crumble topping was made with walnuts for their autumnal loveliness, wholemeal flour for extra healthiness, and dark brown sugar for added flavour and yum. It tasted great but did generate a very dark brown crumble topping – sufficiently dark brown that when I took this out of the oven I thought it was burnt! Upon tasting to check the level of incineration though, I realised that it wasn’t overdone at all – just naturally darker than your average crumble. 

Makes enough crumble for 4 – although I ended up eating almost the whole thing myself. Oops.

apple, blackberry & walnut crumble

Welly boot crumble - apple, blackberry & walnut
Serves 4
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Prep Time
7 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
47 min
Prep Time
7 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
47 min
268 calories
31 g
22 g
16 g
3 g
6 g
146 g
5 g
18 g
0 g
9 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 268
Calories from Fat 136
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g
Saturated Fat 6g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 22mg
Sodium 5mg
Total Carbohydrates 31g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Sugars 18g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 350g prepared apple pieces - peeled, cored and cut into chunks
  2. 75g blackberries
  3. 40g butter
  4. 45g wholemeal flour
  5. 45g ground walnuts
  6. 30g dark muscovado sugar
  7. 0.25 tsp mixed spice
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
  2. Place the apple pieces in a baking dish and add 2-3 tbsp water. Microwave on high for 5 minutes or until the apples are cooked.
  3. Meanwhile, combine the butter, flour and walnuts in a blender to give a crumbly consistency. Stir in the sugar and spice.
  4. Sprinkle the blackberries over the cooked apple and top with the crumble mixture.
  5. Bake at 180C for around 35-40 minutes until the topping is cooked through. Allow to cool slightly before serving.
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I’m entering this crumble into Simple and in Season, organised by Ren at renbehan.com, the Shop Local challenge – what could be more local than foraged apples!? – hosted by Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary, and Credit Crunch Munch, organised by Helen and Camilla, as the apples and blackberries we used were FREE! Get foraging!

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  5. Love the sound of this pud! I miss harvesting apples – nothing beats their fresh flavour. Thank you for sharing with Shop Local!

  6. Camilla @FabFood4All

    Love the name of your crumble and love the combination of blackberries & apples + walnuts are such a healthy addition:-) Thank you for entering #CreditCrunchMunch!

  7. I love your use of wholemeal flour and ground walnuts. I can imagine it giving a wonderful flavour =)

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