This easy Apple and Blackberry Crumble is the perfect fall/autumn dessert. Delicious seasonal apples and blackberries with warming spices and a crumble topping made with nuts, oats and spices. Fall is in the air, and will be in your kitchen when you make this recipe.

Fresh blackberries and apples showing through the crumble topping

When blackberry season is upon us, this is my favorite dessert. Blackberry season ends around October so it’s nice to combine them with sweet apples that is offset by the nutty streusel topping.

This version is the same as the American fruit or apple crisp, it’s just what we call it in the U.K. The topping is always made with oats, sugar, butter and spices of choice. Sometime nuts are added, like this recipe.

Viewed from overhead with a spoon and apple peel

Best apples for Apple and Blackberry Crumble

Any sweet red apple is perfect. Pink lady, granny smith, fuji, gala, honey crisp (when in season) are all great baking apples. We are in apple season so there should be a nice variety to choose from.

Drizzling caramel over vanilla ice cream that is on top of apple and blackberry crumble

In keeping with the apple theme, I bought some apple extract that intrigued me and didn’t know what to do with it. That is when apple spiced caramel sauce (picture below) came about and it is so delicious to finish off this dessert. Are you drooling yet?

Apple and Blackberry Crumble Serving Suggestion

Where this Apple and Blackberry Crumble is so very good on its own. I also love to topped it off with vanilla ice cream and apple spiced caramel sauce, or Salted Caramel Sauce.

Pan Size for Apple and Blackberry Crumble

On this particular occasion, I chose individual cast iron skillets to bake and serve the crumble in. You can also use a casserole dish or individual ceramic dishes.

Apple and Blackberry Pie

You could easily turn this into an Apple and Blackberry pie by topping the fruit filling with pie crust.

Yield: 6

Apple and Blackberry Crumble

A scoop of vanilla ice cream melting into Apple spiced caramel sauce

Apple and blackberry crumble is so 'fall-like', from the seasonal fruit to the spices and it's all topped off with vanilla ice cream and homemade apple spiced caramel sauce.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • For the topping:
  • 1 ½ cups (150 grams) almonds
  • 1 ½ cups (109 grams) pecans
  • ½ cup (45 grams) oats
  • ½ cup (100 grams) light brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • For the filling:
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup (100 grams) light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ pound (226 grams) red apples, about 4 medium, peeled, cored and cut into cubes
  • 12 ounces (57 grams) fresh blackberries


For the topping:

  1. To a food processor add the almonds and pecans. Pulse a couple of time until broken up. Add the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and butter.Pulse about 5 or 6 times until the butter is mixed in, but it is not too fine. Set aside.

For the filling:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F/190°C..
  2. To a medium saucepan over medium heat add the butter and sugar. Cook until it starts to bubble and sugar starts to melt and caramelize. Mix in the cinnamon and salt. Stir in the apples and cook for 3 minutes. Add the blackberries and mix well. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Turn off the heat and allow to sit for a few minutes.
  4. Divide the apples and blackberries into individual dishes. Don't use all the juice because it will bubble over, you can save the juice for drizzling when serving. * see note Sprinkle the crumb topping over each.
  5. Place the dishes onto a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes until golden. Allow to slightly cool before serving.


* To prevent too much bubbling over, don't add juice above the level of the fruit.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 506Total Fat 45gSaturated Fat 12gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 22gCholesterol 46mgSodium 272mgCarbohydrates 51gFiber 10gSugar 35gProtein 12g

This nutrition calculation is provided by Nutronix that is only a guideline and not intended for any particular diet.