Easy As Blueberry Apple and Vanilla Bean Crumble

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Blueberry and Apple Crumble With Fresh Cream

Blueberry, Apple and Vanilla Bean Crumble

Blueberry, Apple, and Vanilla Bean Crumble With Fresh Thickened Cream and Fresh English Mint.

My Creative Thought Process

It was a cold dreary day and everybody wanted dessert after dinner. So I looked in the fridge and freezer, and I discovered that we still had one bag of blueberries from when we went blueberry picking.

We also had some apples and I had a vanilla bean. So I decided to make a simple blueberry apple and vanilla bean crumble.

This is something I used to make when the boys were young children so for me it was a trip down memory lane. Blueberries are one of those fruits that I love especially when they are fresh, even better when we go and pick them ourselves.

Blueberry apple crumble is one of those simple dishes when cooked can be very satisfying to eat on a cold winter day. Autumn and winter are when seasonal fruits are abundant.

Fruits like feijoas, kiwifruit, pears, passion fruit, and persimmons, all are excellent for crumbles and pies. I usually would have used whole cloves.

The only downside to using cloves is if you got one in your mouth and accidentally bit on it you were considered unlucky.

This time I used a vanilla bean, which gave the blueberry apple crumble a subtle vanilla flavor. I Always have served the crumble with fresh thickened cream.

Heilala Vanilla Bean, Apples and Blueberries
Heilala vanilla bean, fresh apples, and frozen blueberries
Crumble Topping Ingredients
From left to right rolled oats, brown sugar, and self-raising flour. Center melted butter

Food Is Very Subjective

What I like, you might not, and vice versa. Different people have different taste buds – some overly savory flavor orientated.

Others are at the other end of the scale. Some people may want overly spicy, sour, or sweet flavor notes.

There is a cultural aspect that is sometimes overlooked, Halal and Kosher are two that come to mind.

Allergens in today’s world are trending where people make an informed or uninformed lifestyle choice to remove allergens from their diet, gluten, dairy or soy are good examples.

Then there are the people who if they eat a certain food group like peanuts or crustaceans (shellfish) both these foods can induce Anaphylaxis: A life-threatening reaction.

Adequate treatment for anaphylaxis can save lives.

If you suspect that you or anyone are experiencing a severe allergic reaction, seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Symptoms of anaphylaxis include but are not limited to hives, difficulty breathing, and sudden weakness or confusion.

Getting to the point the quantities in this recipe are only a guideline, you can add more or less of any ingredient or omit something altogether. 

However in saying that for the best flavor profile and micro-nutrients it is recommended that you follow the recipe and don’t remove too many ingredients.

Larder Stables And Must Have Kitchen Tools

  • I’ll make it easy for you. stock your kitchen with these basic ingredients:
    Butter, milk, Himalayan pink or quality sea salt, whole peppercorns, sugar, vinegar, virgin olive oil, and plain flour.

Essential Kitchen Tools – Must Haves

You can’t be at a professional level in the kitchen unless you own a variety of high-end tools. Genius kitchen gadgets are an essential part of any home cook’s or aspiring chef’s arsenal. From some of the best chef knives, and kitchen cookware, to wooden cutting boards. These will set you apart from others and get you ready with what you need to start making meals like a chef.

My Professional Recommendations

Seasoning Food

Maldon Sea Salt Flakes
  • As a chef the most underrated ingredient in the kitchen is salt. When my recipes call for salt and pepper I use a variety of different salts and freshly ground black pepper.

Many chefs, including myself, prefer sea salt like Maldon salt flakes or Himalayan pink salt. Both can be used for cooking and finishing. They have a refined flavor that brings out the natural taste of food.

Blueberry and Apple Crumble With Fresh Cream

Blueberry Apple and Vanilla Bean Crumble

The ultimate comfort food, quick and easy to prepare, you can use any fruit available to you, fantastic autumn or winter dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine New Zealand
Servings 4 People
Calories 626 kcal


Crumble Topping

  • 2 cup Flour - plain
  • 1 cup Rolled Oats
  • 1 cup Sugar - brown
  • 200 grams Butter unsalted - melted
  • pinch Himalayan pink salt

Crumble Filling

  • 4 each Apples - peeled and diced
  • 250 grams Blueberries - fresh or frozen
  • 1 each Vanilla bean or essence
  • ½ cup Sugar - brown
  • cup Water


  • 200 mls Cream fresh - thickened
  • Fresh mint leaves


Crumble Filling

  • Preheat oven to 160ºC or 320ºF.
    Split the vanilla bean and scrape out the seeds.
    Heilala Vanilla Bean Split
  • Place the peeled and diced apples into a pot, along with the blueberries, ½ cup brown sugar, and the vanilla bean and seeds.
    Blueberries, Apple, Brown Sugar and Vanilla Bean
  • When the fruit has simmered for 10 minutes, place it into a baking dish and set to one side.
    Cooked Fruit Blueberries and Apple

Crumble Topping

  • Place the dry ingredients into a bowl, add the melted butter, and lightly mix so it forms a crumble-like texture.
    Dry Ingredients Flour, Rolled Oaks and Brown Sugar
  • Tip the crumble mixture on top of the cooked blueberry apple stew and place it into the oven for 30–35 minutes.
    The top should be lightly brown and crisp up. 

Plating The Crumble

  • When your blueberry apple crumble is cooked you can let it sit for 10–15 minutes.
    Everyone can wait for their dessert.  Blueberry apple crumble is an easy meal to plate.
    You don’t need fresh mint however the mint gives the dish a refreshing minty flavor.  
    Blueberry and Apple Crumble With Fresh Cream
Keywords Apples, Fresh Blueberries, Fruit Crumble, Vanilla Bean, Winter

Serving Size: 130g Blueberry and apple crumble with fresh cream.
Calories 626 | Total Fat 44.5 g | Carbohydrates 54.3 g | Fiber 3.5 g | Protein 5.1 g | Iron 0.3 mg

Easy As Blueberry and Vanilla Bean Crumble
Blueberry, Apple, and Vanilla Bean Crumble With Fresh Thickened Cream and Fresh English Mint

My Enjoyment For Your Enjoyment, Benefit, And Value

I create these dishes for your enjoyment, I have fun doing it. After cooking in manic fast pasted environments, cooking at home is relaxing and therapeutic.

If I can add value to your life, giving you ideas for breakfast, lunch, or dinner even children’s meals I will have achieved what I set out to do.

All the ingredients in this recipe you can find at your local whole foods or grocery store.

I always try to use organic, free-range, or ethically farmed products, the traceability of the product is also important to me.

This usually has a story behind it that I can pass on to my family, and friends, customers, and you.

Try this recipe and I hope you enjoy cooking and eating it as much as we did. I believe that recipes are worth nothing until you share them.

Let me know how you got on with my blueberry apple crumble and also what you think of the flavor.

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