Monthly Raisin Recipes by Sam Linsell

Everyone loves apple crumble and this easy recipe can be made with fresh or tinned apples. Add a splash of brandy and whiskey to spice things up. Serve with vanilla ice cream, fresh whipped cream or custard. Use Pink Lady or Golden delicious apples. A top tip when making crumble is to freeze the pastry to cool it down, making it easier to grate over the crumble.

Recipe makes one apple crumble


8 small / medium apples, peeled, cored and cut into smallish pieces (or 2 tins of sliced pie apples)
1 cup raisins and sultanas
3 Tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
Zest of an orange
2 Tbsp brandy or whiskey (optional)

Crumble topping

120gms cold butter
120gms flour
100gms caster sugar
50gms flaked almonds


Preheat the oven to 180C and butter a large pie dish or other oven proof dish.

Soak the raisins in boiling water for 5 – 10 minutes.

Place the cut fruit into a bowl with the soaked and drained raisins, sugar, cinnamon, brandy and orange zest and mix briefly. Decant this into the buttered dish.

Make the crumble either by hand or in a food processor. Whizz all the ingredients except the almonds together until it resembles crumbs. If the pastry is more dough like it can be chilled in the freezer briefly and then grated.