Lockdown Crumble

To cut a long story short and, in an attempt to succinctly explain an otherwise laborious discourse, I have been overwhelmed by government food parcels ever since I signed up as being a vulnerable person and began receiving emergency food parcels during my isolation in lockdown. Don’t get me wrong, I am grateful that our government undertook such a policy to protect our society’s most vulnerable people and decided to feed them for free, but as the quantity has now exceeded my storage capacity and, as our supermarkets have now stepped up to the plate and reserved online delivery slots for people like me, I have cancelled the free food parcels before my kitchen is taken over by food stuff and leaves little room for yours truly!


Apples! Apples! Apples!


I have been literally inundated with apples – more than I could ever eat before they begin to spoil. I fancied the idea of making apple crumble but because of the flour shortage due to panic buying and home cooking hobbyists during lockdown, I couldn’t get any. However, that changed last week when I was able to buy some plain flour – albeit the most expensive kind because that’s all I could get. So I fired up my oven and got cooking to try and reduce my apple mountain (slight exaggeration).


I call this ‘Lockdown Crumble.’


After a bit of experimenting and adjustments, I found a recipe I liked.


1LB Apples peeled, cored and cut into small pieces.
10oz Plain Flour.
7oz Butter.
2oz Brown Sugar for the crumble mixture.
6oz Brown Sugar for the Apple Mixture.
Pinch salt.
Teaspoon of Cinnamon.


In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar, salt, and rub in the butter until the mixture resembles bread crumbs.
Combine the apples, sugar, cinnamon in a separate bowl and mix well.


Place the apple mixture in a greased oven-proof dish and spread the crumble mixture on the top. Firmly press the crumble mixture down then lightly rake over with a fork to loosen the top.


Bake in the oven at gas mark 4 – 180C for 45 minutes or longer – depending on the type of oven used, or until the topping has turned a light brown. Serve with fresh cream or custard.

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5 thoughts on “Lockdown Crumble”

  1. THAT looks good.

    There are so many things I want to make but my sons don’t like sweets. Which means I would be feeding the coyotes most of what I bake.
    Oh….I take that back. I have one son that loves a good Madeline. Which I will be making tomorrow. I have to keep the dough in the fridge overnight.

    You can also make apple sauce with some of those apples and use it as sweetener in your cakes.

    1. Yes, apple sauce sounds nice. I also thought about making apple strudel but alas, I have no filo pastry and my past attempts at making it have been disastrous. . .it’s so much easier to buy it ready made. Apple pie is also nice, but crumble is the recipe of the moment.

  2. I just saw this post, joined fairly recently. I am not much on apples personally, but I am glad to know that there are government agencies helping those of us who are most in help of assistance at this very critical time.

    Hopefully they also brought you a lot more stuff that you enjoyed getting as well.

    1. Yes, they sent me lots of other stuff, too. Some good, some I didn’t really care for, but at the end of the day it was free, so I really can’t complain. Once the UK government told people like me to isolate for 12 weeks, it then fell upon them to supply us with food to stop our need to go out and do grocery shopping.

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