Easy Peach and Apricot Crumble (with Polenta)

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Apricot and Peach Crumble is a popular dessert made with a flour and butter-based topping and soft fruit filling. It’s sweet and comforting and can be served with cream, ice cream, or custard.


Peach apricot crumble served on a plate.
Peach Apricot Crumble

There are many delicious crumble variations; blackberry and apple crumble is a classic, and strawberry and rhubarb go very well together. But most crumble recipes use summer fruits that are harder to get hold of in the winter.

Peach apricot crumble served on a plate with peach on side.
Delicious Peach Apricot Crumble

One of my favourite things about this peach and apricot crumble is that you can enjoy it all year round. You can make it with fresh fruits when they’re in season, but it’s also lovely with canned peaches and apricots in winter.

Closer looks at fresh peach apricot crumble.
Close look of Peach Apricot Crumble

Notes on The Apricot Peach Crumble Ingredients

  • Polenta: In this crumble recipe, I’ve added a few tablespoons of polenta (corn meal). It’s optional but helps to avoid the crumble becoming too wet if a lot of juice is released from the fruit. It mixes with the juices, thickening them slightly, so you don’t really notice it when the dish is baked, but it helps to make a sauce.
Peach Apricot Crumble served with milk and apricot.
Peach Apricot Crumble served with milk

Recipe tips

Here are some of my notes on how to make the tastiest apricot and peach crumble.

Peach Apricot Crumble served with milk.
Delicious Peach Apricot Crumble with milk
  • Peaches and apricots have very soft skins so there’s no need to peel them. They also cook quickly, so they don’t need to be pre-cooked.
  • If you don’t have fresh fruit, you can use frozen or well-drained canned peaches and apricots.
  • Crumble topping is traditionally made with plain (all-purpose) flour, but I like to use self-raising flour for this dessert as it gives the topping a lighter texture that really complements the delicate peaches and apricots. However, you can use plain flour or substitute it with wholemeal or spelt if you prefer.

Crumble Recipe variations

  • I like a hint of cinnamon with the fruit but feel free to leave it out, or add your favourite spices, e.g. nutmeg or ginger would also work well with peaches and apricots.
  • For a variation you can substitute the peaches or apricots for other soft fruits, e.g. strawberries and apricots make a lovely combination.
  • If you like a crunchier topping, add a handful of rolled oats to the crumble topping along with the sugar, or sprinkle some flaked almonds over the top.
  • There are no eggs in this recipe, it’s vegetarian.
  • It’s very easy to make a vegan version of this recipe by substituting the dairy butter for a plant-based butter.

Equipment

  • You’ll need an ovenproof baking dish to make this crumble recipe. Mine measures 20x30x5 cm.
  • You can make the crumble topping in a large bowl, simply rubbing the butter and flour with your fingers. But if you have a food processor and would like to use it, put the butter and flour into the processor and pulse until it forms breadcrumbs, then pour it into a bowl to add the sugar.

Storing leftover Apricot and Peach Crumble

  • Store any leftover crumble in a fridge for up to 3 days.
  • The crumble is delicious cold but can also be reheated in a microwave for 1-2 minutes or in the oven for about 10 minutes at 180C.
  • The fruit crumble can also be frozen, before or after baking, for up to 3 months. Defrost fully and follow the instructions in the recipe card for cooking or reheating as appropriate.

Serving suggestions

The crumble can be served hot or cold. Personally, I like to serve it hot with custard or vanilla ice cream.

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Easy Peach and Apricot Crumble (with Polenta)

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This peach and apricot crumble is a comforting dessert to enjoy all year round. Serve it warm or cold, with cream, ice cream or custard.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Dessert, Snacks
Cuisine British, International
Servings 4 people
Calories 529 kcal
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Ingredients
  

For the Crumble Filling:

  • 4 Peaches Fresh, about 350 g when sliced and the pits removed
  • 8 Apricots Fresh, about 250 g when sliced and the pits removed
  • .5 teaspoon Cinnamon Ground
  • 3 Tablespoons Golden Caster Sugar Or your preferred sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Fine Polenta Optional

For the Crumble Topping:

  • 175 grams Self-raising Flour you can also use plain or wholemeal flour
  • 85 grams Butter dairy or plant-based
  • 75 grams Caster Sugar Or Granulated sugar

Instructions
 

Make The Crumble Filling

  • Preheat your oven to 180C (160C fan) and set aside a casserole dish or baking dish (mine measures 20x30x5 cms).
  • Sprinkle the polenta into the bottom of the dish. This is optional but will help to soak up the juices from the cooking fruit.
  • Halve the peaches and apricots to remove the pits, then slice them thinly and lay the slices in the dish.
  • Mix the golden caster sugar with the ground cinnamon and sprinkle it over the fruit.

Make the Crumble Topping:

  • Place the flour in a large bowl.
  • Cut the butter into small pieces, dropping them into the flour.
  • Use your fingertips to rub the butter into the flour until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
  • Stir the sugar through the crumble topping.
  • Layer the crumble topping over the prepared fruit.
  • Bake for about 35 minutes, or until the topping is golden and the fruit is bubbling.
  • Serve immediately with hot custard, cream, creme fraiche or ice cream.

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Notes

  • Store leftovers covered, in a fridge, for up to 3 days.
  • The crumble is delicious cold but can also be reheated in a microwave for 1-2 minutes or in the oven for about 10 minutes at 180C.
  • The fruit crumble can also be frozen, before or after baking, for up to 3 months. Defrost fully and follow the instructions above for cooking or reheating as appropriate.

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Nutrition (Per Serving)

Calories: 529kcal | Carbohydrates: 86g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 154mg | Potassium: 524mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 2381IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg

Disclaimer: Nutrition Information per serving is estimated by a third party software based on the ingredients used, and is for informational purposes only. It will vary from product to product, based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients. Please consult the package labels of the ingredients you use, or chat with your dietician for specific details.

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