And the dessert from the One Show! Here’s my twist on a festive dessert – because everybody loves a crumble, don’t they? I served mine with brandy butter and white chocolate ice cream, recipe for THAT to follow…

‘Mince pie’ crumble, serves 6:


100g flour
100g oats
100g butter
100g sugar
400g apples
200g mixed fruit and peel
200g tinned mandarins
2 tsp cinnamon

First dice the apples and add to a saucepan with the mixed peel and mandarins. Cover with water and bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer for 15 minutes to soften slightly.

While the fruit is stewing, make the crumble topping! Mix flour, oats and sugar in a mixing bowl. Melt the butter in the microwave in a small heatproof dish for 30 seconds and stir into the dry mixture until well combined.

Using a slotted spoon, transfer the fruit to a baking dish, pressing down slightly to firm. Pour a little of the cooking water on top to half-fill the tray and keep the fruit moist without spoiling the topping. Sprinkle the cinnamon on top.

Top with the crumble topping, starting at the edges and working your way in to prevent a leaky crumble! Bake in the centre of the oven at 180C for 20 minutes or until piping hot and golden…


Jack Monroe. Twitter: @MsJackMonroe



  1. Love oats in a crumble mix, perfect for texture and cost pennies. I too add mixed fruit to the apple mix. I’d much prefer this to Christmas pudding myself!

  2. I do, I do, I really love a crumble, and this one sounds delicious. I always use oats in the topping too, I think it is nicer than without. I did an apple crumble in one of the £1 a day weekly planners here, http://wp.me/p3MXF5-ku
    I will def make this. I bought several jars of mince meat from Aldi last week to make stuff with. One of the recipes lined up is a mincemeat brownie that Anthony Worral Thompson did years ago
    I also have loads of tins of very cheap (12.5p) mandarins from Approved Foods to use – so double whammy!
    ps will be watching you on the One Show very shortly 🙂

  3. jack, for this & the mince pies – how long does t fruit need to stew/simmer? you said to leave it whilst we do x,y or z but depending on who you are that’s not a specific time & I can’t tell if its correct – any ballpark time?

  4. Crumble my favourite dessert and this will be next on my list to do .Your photo of the empty dish is so funny! I love all the traditional comfort food Christmas Greetings to you and your son.

  5. I’ve just prepared it for tomorrow. Now that its cooled will keep it in the fridge over night and finish cooking it while we’re eating our dinner. Have to say it smells delicious

  6. This loved by all the family. I added a few cranberries and a splash of Cointreau (well it was in the cupboard!🍷) left it overnight whilst the dried fruit absorbed the liquid! Thank you for the recipe Jack🎄

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