I stewed the apples and mulberries last night and didn't think to take photos - sorry.
What I did was peel, core and slice the apples into a pot. Next I spent ages getting rid of the stalks in the mulberries and added them to the pot. I thought my hands and fingers would be permanently purple after that messy job. I added some caster sugar and because the mulberries were quite juicy I only added a tiny amount of water.
The problems begain as the mulberries started cooking, they fell apart and turned into mush and hundreds of tiny little white seeds were released - YUK. Because the apples had held their shape and not gone mushy I decided to rinse off each piece individually to get rid of the mulberry mush and seeds which, while tedious, was worth it because I wouldn't fancy seeing all the seeds in the crumble.
After I'd finished that tedious job I had a brainwave about how to prevent having to deal with the seeds and mush in the future. As I still had some mulberries left I decided I needed to try iy out now as I might not get any more mulberries until next year.
I peeled and chopped more apples and cut a double layer of muslin, tipped the rest of the mulberries in the centre, gathered up all the edges and tied it securely with string. I then added the muslin bag to the apples along with some caster sugar and a couple of tablespoons of water and cooked them.
The fruit stewed in their own juices and I kept squishing the muslin bag to release all the mulberry juice. This method worked really well and there was not mushy mulberries or little whit seeds to deal with. I didn't even have to remove the stems.
Cast of characters
- 200g plain flour
- 1 teaspoon Baking Powder - I realised later that I forgot to add this - oops
- 100g cold butter cut into cubes
- 6 teaspoons Demerera (I'll check the spelling on this one) I didn't have any so I used brown sugar
Put stewed fruit in ovenproof dish, cover with crumble mix.
Bake until golden brown.
Serve with ice cream - yum.
Because I only added a small amount of caster sugar to the fruit it was not overly sweet which I liked and I loved how the mulberry juice made the apples red. I would definitely make this again.