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Season: All Year Round Autumn Winter 

Frozen fruit and chocolate crumble recipe

Serves 2-4

80g plain flour
80g unsalted butter, cold, cut into small cubes
40g ground almonds
60g caster sugar
100g dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces
300g frozen cherries
90g caster sugar
Juice of ½ lemon
1 tbsp water
2 tbsp cornflour
6 dessert apples, peeled, cored and sliced

*available from Hampshire Farmers’ Markets

1 Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4. Rub the butter into the flour until no large flakes of butter remain. Stir through the ground almonds and sugar, then rub into the flour mixture. The crumble mix should be in small clumps. Add the chocolate. Chill the mix in the fridge while you prepare the fruit.

2 Heat the cherries on a low heat with the sugar, lemon juice and water until they begin to soften and release their juice. Stir in the cornflour. Continue to cook on a low heat for a couple of minutes; just long enough for the juices to thicken. Add the apple slices.

3 Spoon the filling mixture into an ovenproof pan or deep dish (not too wide – you want a deep layer of fruit). Sprinkle the crumble mixture on top and bake for 35 minutes, or until the deep crimson juices are bubbling up and the crumble is golden brown.

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