Basic Crumbles

Crumbles are comforting and a great way of using up soft fruits. I like to add oats to my topping for a nutty flavour.

(vegan, serves 4-6)


700g (1 1/2 lb) fruit, prepared into bite-size chunks

75g – 125g (3 – 4 oz) sugar, amount depends on the sharpness of the fruit


175g (6oz) plain wholemeal flour

50g (2 oz) rolled oats

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp spice (e.g. ground cinnamon, ground ginger, mixed spice)

125g (4oz) demerara sugar

75g soy spread, plus extra for greasing

small pinch of salt


1.Preheat oven to 180C (350F, Gas 4) and grease a shallow pie dish with some soy spread.

2. Put the prepared fruit into the dish and sprinkle with enough sugar to balance the sharpness of the fruit. (You can use any sugar here, but I prefer soft dark or light brown sugar in my crumbles.)

3. Sift the flour, baking powder, spice of choice and a pinch of salt into a large bowl, adding the bran left in the sieve. Add the oats and mix together. Mix in the sugar and then rub the spread in with your fingertips, until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

4. Sprinkle your crumbly mixture on top of your fruit in an even layer and press down lightly.

5. Bake for 40 mins or until the top is crisp and the fruit tender. Serve hot or cold.