Autumn recipe: German-inspired French Crumble


Every week my daughter and I bake or cook something together. I try to find recipes and break them down into some simple steps so that she can do as much as possible by herself. I love recipes that bring together ingredients from the different countries we lived in. This crumble is a perfect example: an apple stew (reminds me of France) but the cinnamon, poppy seeds and plums are very important in the German pastry cooking. And ginger always makes me think of our time in Asia.

This recipe is also perfect for autumn time.

 I have found it here and adapted so that I can do it with my 19 months daughter


For the stewed fruits

  • 3 little apples
  • 1 bol of plums
  • 2 sticks of cinnamon 
  • 1 little ginger root
  • half of a glass of water
  • 2 table spoons of poppy seeds 


For the crumble:

  • 1 tea spoon of cinnamon 
  • 50 grams of almond powder
  • 120 grams of flour (you can mix different ones, I used spelt flour only)
  • 3 table spoons of coconut oil
  • the juice from a lime
  • 3 table spoons of almond cream (can be found in organic shops)

The recipe is a bit more complex but I prefer having less steps and a recipe that doesn't take too long to cook so that my daughter can stay focused and doesn't loose her interest in what we are doing:

1. Peel the apples and cut them in small pieces (I peeled the apples alone but my daughter helped with cutting them).


2. Stone the plums and cut them in half


3. Peel and cut the ginger in small pieces


4.  For the fruits stew: mix all the ingredients in a pan and stew them until the plums are mashed and the apples are soft

5. In the meanwhile, prepare the crumble: 

  • Press the lime for the fresh juice
  • Mix all the dry ingredients: flour, cinnamon and almond powder
  • Mix all the wet ingredients: coconut oil, almond cream and lime juice
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones


  • Stir them together until the playdough becomes lumpy and crumbly

6. In the end, spread the fruits stew in a baking pan and then add the crumble


7. Bake it for around 50 minutes at 180°C

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