Best thing about autumn? It's got to be puddings, crumbles to be precise. What are you waiting for?

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Classic summer berry crumble

Toffee-apple, chocolate pears, or tangy berries and rhubarb? Grab a big spoon and help yourself to these awesome crumble recipes. They're so good you'll eat them until next summer ... 

 

Apple crumble

The humble apple crumble: the most comforting of comfort food and loved up and down the land. This classic recipe is just like granny used to make it. Maybe, dare we say, even better.

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Double-choc crumble pears with chocolate custard

If you live by the motto that you can't have too much chocolate, then this is the recipe for you. Cocoa in the crumble, chocolate in the custard and a scattering of chocolate chips take this recipe off the scale.

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Photograph: Tara Fisher

 

Toffee-apple crumble with whisky custard

Mindblowingly moreish, Annie Bell's cheaty crumble uses chunks of ready-made flapjack and fudge. Verdict? Maximum result, minimum effort (after all, it only takes 15 minutes to throw together).

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Photograph: Tara Fisher

 

Apple and blueberry jumblenut crumble

Crumble just got chunky. Pecans, almonds and hazelnuts combine in this delicious jumble of a crumble, hiding the luscious baked fruit within. Cor blimey.

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Photograph: Martin Poole

Crumble might be traditional, but you can still tart it up:

  • Stir muesli, granola, raisins or sweetened cranberries into your crumble topping
  • Use a little cinnamon, lavender or vanilla sugar instead of just the ordinary stuff
  • Douse the fruit with amaretto, frangelico (hazelnut liqueur) or brandy before baking
  • Drench your crumble in this quick salted caramel sauce

 

Upside-down blackberry and apple crumble

If you put the crumble base underneath the fruit, is it still a crumble? Hmmm. Debate may rage, but one mouthful of this topsy-turvy pud will silence any naysayers.

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Photograph: Brett Stevens

 

Plum and orange crumble cheesecake

Creamy cheese, syrupy soft fruits and a biscuity crumble top – who knew cheesecake and crumble were such a heavenly match? Big, big love.

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Photograph: Tara Fisher

 

Berry, rhubarb and lime crumble

Crumble goes all grown-up in this tangy version with rhubarb and lime. Pour on as much cream as you can (without getting funny looks from your fellow diners).

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