Mum’s Crumble Recipe & Some Exciting News!
Autumn, for me, is the best season to be a foodie. Food festivals are dotted throughout the calendar and across the country, the trees are laden with fruits, the harvest is in full swing, Strictly Come Dancing has started, and it’s acceptable to curl up in front of the fire with a bowl of Mum’s crumble. Could it get any better?
Well, it’s been quite a week and as you may have heard, I’m a finalist in the “Best Photography” category for the SAVEUR 2019 Blog Awards! There were 15,000 nominations in total and the judges have selected 66 finalists across all 11 categories. Crazy huh!?
My fellow finalists are some seriously talented people and I feel incredibly honoured to be part of the line up with them. There will be two winners per category, a reader’s choice and an editor’s choice, with the reader’s choice being based on online votes and the editor’s choice is selected by a committee of SAVEUR editors and contributors.
How it came about
It all started a few months back when I asked my friends and family to submit a nomination for me. I always say “If you don’t try, you will never know”, something I’ve preached to Immy and others many a time. TPT is my passion project, with the end goal to be a full time photographer, so I spend most, if not all, my free time working on it, alongside my 9-5, exercising, socialising and generally being an adult. That reminds me, I have to do some life admin after posting this. It’s not hard to sacrifice time when you love what you do and I never thought those nominations would come to fruition!
So in celebration, I’m going to put my feet up tonight, watch ‘Strictly’ and enjoy this Damson and Apple Crumble… The best bit, the crumble is my Mums with some added chopped cobnuts for extra texture. I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t make this recipe my own!
Now I bet you’re wondering “What’s so good about your Mum’s crumble?”
Mum has been making crumble the same way since she was in school, with three simple ingredients; butter, flour and sugar. Dad always used to say “I married your Mum for her crumble” and I’ve had people in work confessing it’s better than any crumble they’ve had before. Every person looks shocked when I tell them there’s no spices, oats or additional ingredients. It is as simple as it sounds.
It’s not the ingredients, it’s the technique.
So I’m going to make your autumn better and tell you her secret!
She adds two parts flour and one part butter into a bowl and rubs the two together into fine breadcrumbs. She then adds brown sugar until the mix is a sand like texture. There’s no weighing in our house when it comes to crumble, Mum does it by eye.
With this in mind, I’m not going to set you out a recipe. Go grab some soft fruit and apples. Use plums if you can’t get your hands on damsons, and hazelnuts if you can’t get cobnuts. Stew your fruit with a tiny bit of sugar, place it in an oven-proof dish. Add the chopped cobnuts to Mum’s crumble mixture and top the fruit in the dish. Bang it in the oven until golden brown and, when it’s ready, serve with ice cream or custard… Or both!
If you’re a fan of my Mum’s crumble, and my slight improvement…
Please head on over to SAVEUR and scroll to “Best Photography”, select The Photographer’s Table and hit VOTE. You can vote once every day, if you have time to vote every day, and voting closes on the 18th October.
You could be helping make my dreams of going full-time a reality!