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    Apple & blackberry oat & polenta crisp

    A good crumble is hard to beat. This version uses jumbo oats and polenta in the crumble topping to give a lovely crisp texture, but you could use chopped toasted hazelnuts instead.

    • Preparation time: 15 minutes
    • Cooking time: 35 minutes, plus cooling
    • Total time: 50 minutes, plus cooling

    Serves: 6


    600g essential Waitrose Seasonal Apple Selection, peeled, cored and chopped into 2cm cubes (450g prepared weight)
    150g blackberries
    ½ lemon, juice
    75g light brown muscovado sugar
    75g plain flour
    75g jumbo oats
    30g polenta
    Pinch salt
    75g unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
    Single cream, Greek yogurt or vanilla ice cream, to serve (optional)


    1. Preheat the oven to 200˚C, gas mark 6. Put the apples and blackberries in a medium ovenproof dish (about 1.5 litres in volume). Pour over the lemon juice with 2 tbsp of water and toss with the fruit.

    2. Put the sugar, flour, oats, polenta and pinch of salt in a mixing bowl. Add the butter; rub together with your fingertips to make a wet, clumpy crumble, then sprinkle over the fruit.

    3. Bake for 35 minutes, then allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving with single cream, Greek yogurt or vanilla ice cream, if liked. 

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