Blackberry and apple crumble (gf) and hideouts for dogs


by Hugo, 
Canine Correspondent


I’m really not a complaining sort of dog, but there are a few things that have been bothering me recently. The Bossy One invited lots of friends to stay this Summer, which is fine because it means that I can have fun knocking them over and sitting on their laps. But it also means that she has less time to devote to me. And that is not fun, in fact it’s hurtful because I feel neglected. Admittedly she still takes me for walks, but frankly her mind is elsewhere when she’s jabbering away or picking blackberries. Usually she spends her time worrying about where I am while I’m off chasing deer and rabbits. Sometimes I hide to watch her look for me; it’s quite amusing to watch her unspool. Anyway, to get away from it all, I made myself a little camp under the hydrangea bushes in front of the house. Only the hens know where I am; at least they still remember I exist.



300g apples, peeled, cored and sliced

2 tablespoons maple syrup

80ml orange juice

150g blackberries, rinced

80g chickpea flour

40g ground almonds

2 tablespoons almond flakes

pinch of ground sea salt

40g butter, cut into cubes

40g organic virgin coconut oil, at room temperature and cut into small cubes

30g cane sugar

Preheat the oven to 170°C. Gently simmer the sliced apples and maple syrup for a couple of minutes in about 80ml of orange juice (or apple juice or water). Add the blackberries and transfer to an ovenproof baking dish. To make the crumble, put the butter, coconut oil, chickpea flour, ground almonds and salt into a bowl and rub in with your fingertips. Add the almond flakes, mixing well. Sprinkle the mixture over the fruit, adding the cane sugar to the top of the mixture. Bake for about 35 minutes and serve hot with vanilla ice cream.

16 responses to “Blackberry and apple crumble (gf) and hideouts for dogs

  1. This is such a fun post. Hugo looks a lot like my big black lab and I can tell they would get along well. This is a fabulous looking crumble.

  2. lol poor little guy, sometime we forget that we are their entire world and they are only a part of ours. Love the recipe and the use of chickpea flour!

  3. Hugo, love your private and very secret hiding place. Don’t worry, Mum loves you after all she slathered your food with duck fat and duck fat=love!! Great crumble, love how simple and tasty they are.

  4. that pic of Huge behind the leaves gave me a real life case of chuckles! hope you’re having lots of fun with your summer guests. how lucky are they!

  5. Ah, Hugo, poor thing 😦 Summer is such a manic time…I know how Fiona feels. Don’t worry, life will get back to normal soon. Lovely crumble by the way 🙂 xx

    • Hello Anneli –
      Thank you for your compassion. In the meantime I’m milking it all I can 😉 The crumble was acceptable, despite the fact that it didn’t have cheese or duck fat in it (my favourites) 😦
      Hugo xxx

  6. Aww, Hugo! You’re such a cutie! Love that pic of you under the bushes, watching the Bossy One unspool 😉 This blackberry and apple crumble looks delicious!

  7. This is absolutely my favourite dessert in the WORLD! Great job!

  8. I love a good crumble, in part because they are so beautiful. Yours really is. (But poor Hugo!)

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