When you live on a fruit farm you end up having a huge amount of fruit lying around the house. All of this fruit tends to go off really quickly. Especially with the warm weather we’ve been having.

For a couple of reasons we had 3 boxes of fruit that has been sitting at the front door for the last two weeks. My long suffering wife has been asking me for ages now to look in the boxes and deal with the rot.

Last night at around 10PM I decided it was time to deal with the fruit. I could save almost all of the apples in the one box, there was one box i was too scared to open and the last box contained yellow cling peaches which I could also mostly save.

There were also a few nectarines but they are getting really soft now. I will do something with them next.

I have been wanting to make some sort of apple pie for while now and last night seemed the right time. Otherwise the remaining apples will just also go off.

A crumble seemed like the simplest. I peeled a pot full of apples, cut them into quarters, and took out the cores.

I washed the bits, then put them in a pot with sugar, cinnamon, a largish slash of brandy, a tiny bit of ginger and some raisins.

I let the apples boil down until they were soft, then I made the crumble. The crumble is really simple. You really don’t need a recipe for this, just do what you feel is right.

  • 700 grams, flour
  • 200 grams, butter or margarine
  • 250 grams, unrefined brown sugar

Cut the butter into small cubes and then put the flour, sugar, and butter into a mixing bowl. If the butter is cold you will just need to work a little bit harder.

You can mix the mixture with your hands or in a mixer depending on your mood. When the mixture is all combined and looks a little bit like breadcrumbs you are done. Put the soft apples into a baking disk - include some of the apple liquid, it should just cover the bottom of the dish, but if you want a wetter crumble at the end add in more liquid.

Put the crumble on top of the apples evenly and then throw the whole lot into the oven. 180 C for about 45 minutes should do it. Depending on the size of your crumble.