Apple and mincemeat crumble

Apple and mincemeat crumble

Apple and mincemeat crumble

Mincemeat is definitely an underrated ingredient. If you’re bored with traditional mince pies, try this crumble, which offers a new take on an old festive favourite. Delicious served with a generous spoon of custard or ice cream.

Preparation time: 10 mins

Cooking time: 30 mins

Serves: 4


  • 400g apples
  • 450g mincemeat
  • Juice of an orange
  • 100g plain flour
  • 75g butter
  • 50g demerara sugar
  • 1tsp cinnamon


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200˚C.
  2. Slice the apples thinly and lay them in an overproof dish.
  3. Stir in the mincemeat and orange juice.
  4. In a separate bowl, rub in the flour, butter, sugar and cinnamon to make the crumble.
  5. Sprinkle the crumble mixture over the apples and mincemeat.
  6. Bake for about 30 minutes or until crisp on top.

Merry Christmas!

Photo: raspberri cupcakes


Vegetable crumble

Vegetable Crumble

Vegetable Crumble

This is a hearty, warming dish – great for those cold winter days. You can use any mixture of vegetables and beans. I like to serve the crumble with green vegetables or salad.

 Preparation time: 20 mins

 Cooking time: 40 mins

 Serves: 6


  • 200g carrots
  • 200g parsnips
  • 200g swede
  • 350g leeks
  • 410g can butter or cannellini beans
  • 2tsp vegetable bouillon powder
  • 2tsp cornflour
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 75g butter
  • 150g plain white flour
  • 1tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 2tsp cumin seeds


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Peel and dice the carrots, parsnips and swede.
  3. Put the vegetables into a large pan and boil for 5 mins.
  4. Slice the leeks. Add to the boiling water and cook for another 5 mins.
  5. Remove the vegetables with a draining spoon and leave the hot water in the saucepan. Transfer the vegetables to an ovenproof dish.
  6. Rinse and drain the beans and add them to the vegetables.
  7. Whisk the bouillon powder into the cooking water and bring to the boil.
  8. Mix the cornflour with a tablespoon of water, add to the hot stock and whisk over the heat to thicken the sauce. Season well and pour over the vegetables.
  9. To make the topping, rub the fat into the flour. Rub to fine crumbs, then bind it together, as if making pastry.
  10. Spoon the crumble over the vegetables in the dish.
  11. Sprinkle with the seeds.
  12. Bake for 40 mins until browning.


Photo: Pim Techamuanvivit