Celebrate the best of British

Celebrate the best of British


Indulge in British food! Seek out in-season fruits and vegetables, quality British meat and some of our country's fabulous cheeses and dairy produce when you are out shopping and use these to create delicious meals at home. What about trying some of our most traditional dishes, such as Shepherd's Pie or Apple Crumble, and giving them a modern twist?!

If you have children, consider involving them in the preparation of the meal - British Food Fortnight is a great opportunity to teach them a few cooking skills as well as an appreciation of the pleasures and health benefits of eating good food.

There are lots of recipe ideas for you to try. Follow the Recipe menu options to find the one that tempts you most!

Apple and Plum Crumble PDF Print E-mail

The fact that fruit crumble has appeared on almost every Food For Thought menu since 1974 testifies to the enduring popularity of this simple but comforting dessert, writes Vanessa Garrett. Ring your own changes to the recipe below by using different seasonal combinations of fruit, nuts and sweet spices, for example: pear and toasted hazelnut; rhubarb and ginger; apple and blackberry; apricot and almond; sherried fig and appleĀ…

Serves 4

Recipe supplied by Les Routiers – from The Wig and Pen, Norfolk.

450g/1lb Bramley apples, cored and cut into good bite-sized chunks
350g/12oz Victoria plums, stoned and cut into quarters
juice of 1 orange
1/2 tsp cinnamon
50g/2oz demerara sugar
For the topping
50g/2oz butter or sunflower margarine
50g/2oz demerara sugar
50g/2oz medium rolled oats
50g/2oz large rolled oats
25g/2oz plain flour
25g/2oz ground almonds
3 dsp water, if more textured less crumbly topping is preferred, optional

Preheat oven to 200C (Gas mark 6).

Wash and prepare the fruit.

Place in greased ovenproof dish with the orange juice, cinnamon and sugar.

Cover with foil and bake for around 20 minutes, or until just soft.

Place all topping ingredients (excluding the water) in a mixing bowl.

Rub the fat into the flour/oats as you would for pastry until good crumbly texture achieved. (You can now add water to stiffen mix if you wish).

Layer on top of the fruit.

A little more sugar may sprinkled on top for the sweet-toothed if desired.

Bake for 20 minutes more until golden brown.

Serve hot or cold with whipped cream, custard or Greek yogurt.