Apple & blackberry crumble muffins

Apple & blackberry crumble muffins

Vary the berries according to the season – raspberries and blueberries would also be great in this recipe by Tara Wigley. The orange juice and zest bring a distinct citrus zing but if you don’t have an orange just leave it out, the muffins will still be delicious. 

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  • Makes12
  • CourseDessert
  • Prepare15 mins
  • Cook30 mins
  • Total time45 mins
  • Pluscooling

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  • 200g plain flour
  • tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 large eggs
  • 110ml sunflower oil
  • 180g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 British apples, grated
  • ½ orange (scrubbed), zest (optional)
  • 65g pecans, roughly chopped
  • 150g blackberries


  • 50g plain flour
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 15g light brown soft sugar
  • 35g cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 30g whole rolled oats
  • 35g pecans, chopped to roughly the same size as the oats
  • 1 tsp sunflower oil
  • 1 tsp orange juice (or water)
  • 1 tbsp clear honey


  1. First make the topping: put the flour, cinnamon and sugar in a large bowl, then rub in the butter using the tips of your fingers until the mixture resembles chunky crumbs. Stir in the remaining topping ingredients and set aside (covered in the fridge, if making ahead).

  2. Preheat the oven to 180ºC, gas mark 4. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases or grease well. Sift the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and a pinch of salt into a large bowl.

  3. In a separate bowl whisk together the eggs, oil, caster sugar, vanilla, apples and orange zest (if using) until combined. Add the pecans, followed by the flour mixture; fold gently to combine (don’t overwork). Gently fold in the blackberries, trying not to break them up. Divide the mixture between the paper cases, sprinkle the crumble on top and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool before serving.


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1,527kJ/ 366kcals



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