Phil’s autumn apple crumble pie

Apple season is here and it’s time to harvest the whopping 1.6 billion ready to be picked by hand- in British Orchards. And as we’ve had the ideal weather to produce one of the best harvest this year, Phil Vickery was live from Hartley Dyke Farm in Kent ready to show us a delicious way to use them.

Apple Crumble pie with Calvados Custard


2 medium Bramble cooking apples, peeled, cored and cut into large chunks

Zest and juice of 1 large lemon

125g castor sugar

2 Braeburn apples, peeled, cored and cut into small pieces

15g butter,

Splash of water

For custard if you’ve have the vegan powder

175 mls vegan milk

2 heaped tbsp custard powder

75 g sugar

Or using readymade vegan custard, by adding a bit of cornstarch to make it thicker by placing in a saucepan on a low heat while whisking in cornstarch to a thicker version for the recipe to work.

For the Crumble

75g Cold salted butter

125g plain gluten-free flour


600mls milk

2-3 tbsp custard-powder, roughly

3-4 tbsp golden syrup, roughly

3-4 tbsp Calvados, roughly


Preheat the oven to 180°C

2.Heat a saucepan, then add the Bramley apples, lemon zest and juice and sugar. cook for 5 minutes to soften slightly. Drain off the excess liquid.

3. Heat another small frying pan, add the butter, Braeburn apples and a splash of water and cook until the apples are tender and just golden brown.

4. To make the crumble, put the butter and flour into a bowl and rub together with your fingers until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add the sugar and mix in.

5. Make the custard by stirring a little of the milk with the powder to slake

6. Heat the rest of the milk and once just boiling whisk in the slake powder and cook until nice and thick, remove from the heat and stir in the sugar

7. Cool slightly and then spoon into the bottom of the pastry shell, spread out evenly

8. Then top with cooked apple and finally the crumble,but do not pack the crumble mix down, it needs to be left light and fluffy

9. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes until crumble is brown and evenly coloured. Remove from the oven and cool

10. Make the next batch of custard in the same way as above, adding the syrup to taste. The sauce will be lighter and more of a sauce consistency.

11. Then add the Calvados to finish, serve with warm but hot tart.


Published by DFV Queen

I have develop a passion for natural and healthy life style, starting with a vegan life style including regular exercising each day. Which helped to feel inspired and happy within myself. my diet is very restricted due to severe allergies! When ever a food triggers a hostile response from the body's immune system the result is an allergy attack, which on occasion may be life-threatening although it's relatively simple to identifying problem foods, avoiding them completely is not always easy. My journey with allergies hasn't been easy "but" it has helped me to becomes a stronger person and would like to share and encourage others to never get discouraged, there's always light at the end of the tunnel if you keep persevering.

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