Last week we went blackberry picking and managed to make the most delicious blackberry crumble with the small amount of blackberries that didn’t end up in our toddlers stomach. This recipe is too delicious not to share and is the perfect autumn dessert. The pictures of our little chef helper are also equally adorable.

The crumble is so quick and easy to make that our 18 month old managed to join in for the whole process. Although baking with a toddler can be messy, so we recommend putting a matt down! Follow her step-by-step picture guide below:


For the crumble topping you will need: 

  • 120g plain flour
  • 60g unsalted butter cut up into small chunks
  • 60g caster sugar

For the fruity part you will need:

  • 2-3 braeburn apples peeled, cored and cut into chunks
  • a bowl of blackberries (if you don’t eat them all first)
  • 30g unsalted butter cut into chunks
  • 30g demerara sugar
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Before you begin, pre-heat the oven to gas mark 5.

Put on an apron or chefs whites (find out where we got ours from here), then add the 120g flour, 60g caster sugar and 60g butter for the crumble topping into a large mixing bowl.


Crumble the mixture using your fingers. When the mixture feels a bit like breadcrumbs, pour it evenly on a tray lined with baking parchment and put in the oven for 15 minutes. Pre-baking the crumble topping makes it taste even more delicious!

BAKING WITH A TODDLER: BLACKBERRY CRUMBLE RECIPEWhile the crumble top is baking, add the 30g butter and 30g demerara sugar to a saucepan and simmer over a low heat until it starts to caramelise. Add in your chunks of cooking apples and cook them for about 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.


Next add your tablespoons of cinnamon and the blackberries. That’s if you can coax them away from your toddler or child. Evie looked very shocked because she happened across a particularly sour blackberry. She also had a bit of a tantrum when she was told they need to be added to the pan. Reluctantly she let daddy pour them in.


After stirring for another few minutes, pour the fruity mix from the saucepan into a ovenproof dish and add the freshly baked crumble topping. Put the dish in the oven and cook for a further 10 minutes.


Then stand back and admire your freshly cooked, mouth wateringly good, delicious smelling crumble. Most importantly, make sure the blackberry crumble gets your toddlers seal of approval.


Evie loved the crumble. As did the rest of the family as the whole lot was gone in one go! (There were six of us I promise! It wasn’t just Jamie and I sat with a spoon!)

If you need some more toddler food inspiration, check out our scrummy week of toddler lunches. Although I have a feeling you’ll want these for lunch too!

What do you think of our yummy crumble made by little chef Evie? Would you give this ago with your family?

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  1. Sara @ Handy Herbs
    September 14, 2015 / 10:00 am

    Well done Evie! Great recipe and so lovely to see Evie being involved. So cute in her outfit 🙂

    • September 14, 2015 / 6:09 pm

      Thank you so much! 😀 She loved being involved, it’s such a great age isn’t it, they really start to show an interest in things and want to do everything you’re doing. x

  2. September 15, 2015 / 11:51 am

    I’m sure everything will taste nice especially when it’s baked by such a cutie chef- Evie!
    We will be picking up some blackberries at the weekend and I will definitely try your recipe. Thanks for sharing. xx #toddlerapprovedtuesday

    • September 16, 2015 / 9:54 am

      Aww thank you so much. 😀 I hope you have a lovely time blackberry picking. xx

  3. September 16, 2015 / 7:33 pm

    How cute does Evie look in her chef outfit! Love seeing pics of kids in the kitchen, they always look so engrossed! Crumble looks fab x

    • September 18, 2015 / 7:37 pm

      Thank you so much! She loves baking, it’s definitely something we need to do more. I’m definitely going to try your carrot apple muffins soon, they sound delicious! x

  4. September 17, 2015 / 2:51 pm

    Oh my gosh that hat is adorable. We keep eating all our blackberries but did manage enough for 2 tiny crumbles. Time to go and get more I think 🙂 #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

    • September 18, 2015 / 7:50 pm

      Haha it’s so hard to get blackberrys home isn’t it. They always seem to make it into tums first! x

  5. September 18, 2015 / 7:53 am

    This looks fun! I’ve always enjoyed cooking/baking with my dughter when im wel wnough and its something we love to do. The food looks yummy too!

    Angela from daysinbed xx

    • September 18, 2015 / 7:57 pm

      It’s so much fun isn’t it. Such a lovely bonding activity. x

  6. September 20, 2015 / 11:32 am

    oh my! This looks so so scrummy! And perfect for the autumn. Shall be pinning this for a future meal plan! Thanks so much for linking up to #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

  7. September 22, 2015 / 9:50 am

    You have a cute mini chef there. I’ve never heard of baking the crumble first, sounds delicious, I’m going to have to try it.
    Thanks for sharing #LetKidsBeKids

    • September 25, 2015 / 1:15 pm

      My big chef did some pastry for a while and was taught that way. But my parents who make this every year hadn’t heard of cooking it first either. It makes it a better consistency and oddly sweeter. x

  8. September 22, 2015 / 1:00 pm

    Looks really great! and Evie looks adorable as always 🙂 Almost makes me wish mine were that young again. Thanks for having us on #LetKidsbeKids

    • September 25, 2015 / 1:16 pm

      Aww thank you!! 😀 They do grow up so fast though don’t they. My sister has a newborn and i feel like Evie has shot up seeing her compared to the new baby. You can see why people have more children! 🙂 x

  9. September 22, 2015 / 1:03 pm

    sorry for the linky typo – do know its not your linky (redface)

    • September 25, 2015 / 1:16 pm

      haha that’s ok. I do it ALL the time. x

  10. September 24, 2015 / 7:37 pm

    OMG that chef’s hat is amazing! I love a good crumble, what a great idea for making with a toddler…just simple enough to keep the mess slightly under control 🙂 Thanks for linking up to #TheList xxx

    • September 25, 2015 / 1:40 pm

      Thank you!!! We made muffins this week, that definitely was way more messy. We’re going to stick to the crumbles from now on I think haha. x

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