The “Eight Posts of Christmas”

Can you believe this week we are only eight posts away from Christmas!!  So it’s time for us to get our “Christmas bake on”and over the next eight weeks leading into Christmas we’ll post our southern hemisphere summer/Christmas favourites.  These are recipes that are great for entertaining, celebrating or just too decadent to justify at any other time of the year! Christmas is a big deal at our houses and because it’s summer here, it’s a time of holidays, beaches, entertaining on those long, warm evenings and catching up with family and friends.  Abby goes all out decorating her house (watch this space for some photos!) and Leigh tries to get her tree (a real one of course – can’t beat the smell!) looking more picture perfect each year – a little competition doesn’t hurt even if it’s just between ourselves!


To begin the “8 posts of Christmas” we are revisiting a classic, the humble fruit crumble. This is a great recipe as it’s low in added sugar and is a delicious dessert for family or entertaining.  It’s also a great breakfast paired with thick and creamy Greek yogurt.  You could use fresh berries, but we think fresh berries are wasted in cooking. They are too precious to cook and frozen berries are perfect and any variety of apple works well.

Leigh makes this crumble all the time – at least twice a month!  In her ‘expert’ opinion apples and boysenberries are the ultimate combination, there’s something about the sweetness of the boysenberries that seems to work especially well.  Loganberries are also delicious.


Don’t worry if your crumble mix looks very dry, it’s meant to be look like this. The recipe only uses 30 grams of butter. You can substitute butter for a low fat spread if you wish, it works just as well the times we’ve tried it. However you make it, we hope you enjoy eating is as much as we do!


Apple and Boysenberry Crumble

  • Difficulty: easy
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30 grams butter melted

2 tablespoons raw sugar

1/3 cup flour

1/2 cup rolled oats

3 large apples peeled and cut into 5mm (about) slices

200 grams frozen boysenberries

Preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Lightly grease your dish.

In a saucepan combine the apple with a 1/4 cup of water.  Cook till soft about 8-10 min. Remove from the heat and add frozen berries, place in greased baking dish and set aside. To make the crumble topping add the melted butter to the other ingredients and stir till thoroughly mixed.  Sprinkle over the fruit and cook for approximately 25 min or till topping is light brown and fruit is bubbling.



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I Bake, You Cook

We are Abby and Leigh, two friends in the kitchen. After years of feeding family and friends, the odd school fundraiser and numerous requests for recipes, we decided it was time to share some of our favourites.

4 thoughts on “The “Eight Posts of Christmas”

  1. […] Today we have way too many feijoas so we’re making an apple and feijoa combination. For those of you not familiar with feijoas, they’re a green fruit about the size of an egg, eaten by cutting in half and scooping out the pulp with a spoon. People seem to have a love/hate relationship with feijoas – there’s not a lot of middle ground! Between Leigh and Abby we have eleven feijoa trees and in a good year, each can produce what feels like hundreds of fruit, so having a few feijoa recipes on hand is essential for using up excess. This recipe doesn’t have many ingredients but the end result is somehow more than you expect from what goes in! If you love a good fruit cake or dessert, this recipe is worth trying, as is this version of the faithful crumble. […]


  2. […] posted several apple recipes including this super Easy Apple Cake, and the forever favourite Apple and Berry Crumble. Today we’re switching things up yet again with a delicious and impressive looking Sicilian […]


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