Wednesday, July 14, 2021



This easy damson crumble recipe subtly flavored with star anise and garnished with hazelnuts and flour made from the ancient khorasan grain.



  • 2 apples , peeled, cored and sliced
  • 50g light soft brown sugar
  • 800g-900g damsons
  • 1-2 tbsp sloe gin 
  • knob of butter

For the crumble:

  • 150g unsalted butter , cold
  • 80g light soft brown sugar
  • 50g ground almonds
  • 80g demerara sugar
  • 250g plain flour



  1. Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Put the damsons into a pan with the sugar, butter and sloe gin if using (or a splash of water if not) and heat gently until the damsons start to give off their juices. Tip into the base of a large shallow gratin dish (about 25cm long) and stir through the apple slices. 
  2. Put all the crumble ingredients into a food processor with a pinch of salt, and using the pulse button, whizz until the mixture just starts to clump together. Don’t whizz for too long or the mixture will stick together too much. Alternatively, rub the butter into the flour using your hands and then stir in the other ingredients.
  3. Scatter the crumble over the damsons and bake in the oven for 30-40 mins until golden brown. Leave for about 15 mins before serving with custard or cream. Remember to warn everyone about the stones! Enjoy your dessert!