Recipe details

Denise says:

  • I personally don’t think you ever have too many apple crumble recipes and this one is completely different from any of my other creations; and another family favourite to make time and time again.
  • It is made with a gooey filling of blackberries and apple, hence the ‘Black apple’ title and topped with chopped marzipan and a crunchy coating of an almond crumble.
  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 40-45 minutes
  • Serves: 10 people


  • 6 large Granny Smith apples  -peeled, cored and thickly sliced
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 300g blackberries
  • 50g demerara sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 100g marzipan
  • Crumble Topping
  • 150g butter/ non dairy margarine – cut into cubes
  • 200g plain flour
  • 200g oats
  • 50g demerara sugar
  • 100g skin-on almonds – roughly chopped
  • Zest of 2 lemons


  • Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan / Gas mark 6.
  • Place the apples in a large ovenware dish (1.6 litre).
  • Squeeze over the lemon juice, then gently stir in the blackberries, sugar and spices.
  • For the crumble, rub in the flour and oats to make a coarse crumbly mixture.
  • Stir in the sugar, almonds and lemon zest.
  • Chop up the marzipan and dot it over the fruit evenly in the dish.
  • Sprinkle over the crumble mixture.
  • Place the dish on a baking tray and bake for about 45 minutes or until the topping is golden and fruit is juicy and tender.
  • Serve with custard or ice cream.