Marianne says, ‘If your family likes cake and filling, fruity puddings, this will be a total winner. The great thing about this recipe is it uses next to no ingredients and, of course, makes the most of free fruit like blackberries and apples, which can be picked from right outside your door. If there aren’t any decent-looking blackberries near where you live, go ahead with the traditional all-apple from the shops.’
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 50 minutes
Total cost: £3.58 for all ingredients with enough to make several times over
For the filling:
600g/20oz fruit – mixture of apples and blackberries (free or £1.50 for shop-bought apples)
75g/3oz sugar (1kg 59p)
For the sponge topping:
55g/2oz soft margarine or butter (250g 85p)
55g/2oz self-raising flour (1.5kg 45p)
1 egg (Half a dozen free range 89p)
¼ tsp baking powder (Six sachets 80p)
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4. Grease an ovenproof baking dish with some kitchen towel and a knob of butter.
Chop the apples into bite-size chunks and put with washed blackberries straight into the baking dish and sprinkle on the sugar. Level out the top as much as you can.
In a separate bowl, put the margarine/butter, sugar, egg, flour and baking powder and whisk with an electric whisk (if doing this by hand, you’ll need to soften the butter first) until smooth.
It won’t look like much mixture (don’t worry, it will by the end) but scrape it all out of the bowl and dollop it onto the fruit, smoothing it out. Hide all the fruit with the mixture, if you can.
Bake for 45 to 50 minutes until golden brown. The top should be springy and cakey and the bottom will be gooey and fruity. Serve with custard or cream if you like but there’s so much juice it will do fine on its own.
Remember to give any fruit you collect from outside a good wash and check over before use.
*Prices from Tesco, correct at time of publishing