Cooking with kids: Gruffalo Crumble recipe

A Gruffalo-themed recipe for adults and children to make together from Julia Donaldson's fun-packed children's cookery book Gruffalo Crumble and Other Recipes.

Julia Donaldson's Gruffalo Crumble and Other Recipes is a children's recipe book packed full of sweet treats, healthy snacks and simple meals – all based on the bestselling picture book The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Cooking together is a fun indoor activity to do together, and kids will love helping to make this Gruffalo Crumble. 

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“Gruffalo Crumble!” the Gruffalo said, and quick as the wind he turned and fled.'
  • Total time

    40 min

  • Prep time

    20 min

  • Amount


  • Ingredients
    • 3 eating apples
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
    • 1 tablespoon apple juice
    • 300g blackberries
    • 75g unsalted butter
    • 100g plain flour
    • 50g oats
    • 50g brown sugar
    • two large mixing bowls
    • a baking dish (about 15 x 20cm)

1. Preheat the oven to 180˚c/gas mark 4.

2. Peel and core the apples, then chop them into bite-size pieces.

3. Put the chopped apples and blackberries in a large mixing bowl. save a handful of blackberries for later.

4. Add the cinnamon, caster sugar and apple juice and give everything a good stir.

5. Tip the fruit mixture into the baking dish.

6. Cut the butter into small cubes of around 1cm.

7. Put the butter in the other large mixing bowl and add the flour.

8. Use your fingers to rub the butter and flour together until the mixture looks like crumbs.

9. Stir in the oats and brown sugar.

10. Sprinkle the mixture over the fruit in the baking dish. try and cover it as evenly as you can.

11. Stick the remaining blackberries into the top of the crumble to decorate.

12. Cook for 40 minutes.

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