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Errol and the Blackberry Apple Crumble Cake

23 May

Make this!



I did, for my Dad’s birthday, and it is THE BEST cake I have had in a very long time.

It made my Dad very happy too ๐Ÿ˜€


Partly because it contained all of his favourite things (cinnamon, apples, nuts, berries), and partly because the man likes cake.


This cake has been at the top of my cake-making bucket list for a few years now, and it is a shame that it took me so long to get round to it!

The fruit is the perfect level of sweetness, the crumble is delightfully cinnamony, and the cake batter itself makes the moistest treat you could hope for!

And! Thanks to the layers of crumble throughout the cake, the fruit doesn’t sink to the bottom! I found this amazing ๐Ÿ™‚

The only change I made to the recipe was to substitute pecans for hazelnuts as I (strangely) didn’t have any hazelnuts in. I am excited to make it again with a different mixture of fruit and nuts! Perhaps raspberry and pear crumble cake with chocolate chips in with the crumble? Oooh…

Now, Errol has nothing to do with this fabulous cake other than the fact that he too was meant to be a birthday present. I just had to name this post ‘Errol and the Blackberry Apple Crumble Cake’ because it sounds like a book I would liked to have read when I was younger…

You may recall a post quite a while ago now where I pondered about what to get the love for his birthday. Safe but boring or slightly risky and amazing? I went with amazing ๐Ÿ˜€ and this is Errol:



So he’s 28 days premature because stealth-pants went routing around some papers I left out and found an Amazon invoice for a book entitled ‘How to Care for your Pet Tortoise’!!!

…Admittedly I left said papers out for him to shred at work and had no idea I’d left the invoice in with them… But yeah, he managed to figure it out from there and figured it would be better to tell the truth than to act surprised on his birthday.

I appreciated that, but of course I was gutted too!!! I had plans to make a huge deal of it on his birthday, presenting the tank to him decorated with balloons and bunting… *sigh*

Still, Errol was received VERY warmly and VERY excitably (is that a word?) so I am super happy that I chose him ๐Ÿ˜€

Off to the butterfly farm tomorrow and then it’s half term!

Oh I do love this time of year ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚


Mixed Nut Roast

28 Dec

As requested by Tracey ๐Ÿ˜‰

I have always been curious about this recipe, and finally got round to making it on Christmas Eve. Having made more than enough for 2, I took some round to the veggie mother-in-law for Christmas dinner, so she wouldn’t be stuck with just mashed potato and sprouts. She assured me that she loves it, and I certainly did, so I hope you’ll give it a go too!

I like to make 4 mini loaves, but you can make one big loaf instead.


Serves 4

  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 50g pine nuts
  • 50g walnuts
  • 50g cashew nuts
  • 75g hazelnuts
  • 100g breadcrumbs, white or brown
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped (or 1 tbsp dried)
  • 250ml vegetable stock
  1. Preheat the oven to 180ยฐc. Grease your loaf tin(s). You may want to line them with greaseproof paper, but I found that I got a neater result without.
  2. Heat a frying pan and add all of the nuts. Toast for a few minutes, until they release their scent. Keep an eye on them because once they are toasted, it doesn’t take long before they burn. When they are done, set aside to cool.
  3. Now coat the pan with oil or butter, and add the garlic and onion. Cook, stirring, for about 3 minutes. Take the pan off the heat.
  4. When the nuts are cool, they all need to be ground. It is up to you whether you do this in a food processor for super-fine nuts, or if you put them in a freezer bag and bash them with a rolling pin. I prefer the latter approach – it is more therapeutic. It also leaves uneven chunks of nuts which I like. Stir the ground nuts into the saucepan with the breadcrumbs, egg, thyme, stock and seasoning.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the prepared loaf tin(s) and level the surface. Cook in the centre of the oven for 20-30 minutes (depending on mini or full-sized loaves respectively), until it is golden and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.


Not the prettiest unfortunately, but don’t be put off! I served mine with braised red cabbage made with apples and red wine, which I wouldย recommend,ย  but I do think that cranberry sauce would also be a perfect match.