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The best apple & pear crumble in the world

Apple and pear crumble

The Best apple and pear crumble in the world

This is our own apple & pear crumble recipe, so yes, we have to boast about how yummy it really is

Your kids will enjoy licking their bowls and asking for more. If they happen to be picky eaters and this apple and pear crumble doesn’t sound too inviting for your child’s palette, then after the recipe you will see other options.

Now, let’s get ready to crumble!…


You will need…

Apples and pears

    • 3 medium/large cooking apples (any type of apple is actually also ok, it’s just that cooking apples are yummier due to their tart taste – Granny Smith apples are the best example of a sour, tart apple)
    • 4 medium sized pears
    •  65g of brown sugar and 65g of white sugar (You can just stick to white or brown sugar if you wish)
    • 55g of wholemeal flour 55g of white flour (Again, you can just use one type of flour if you wish)
    • 50g of butter (or margarine if you prefer)
    • A handful of raisins or sultanas
  • All spice for baking (Or a pinch of nutmeg)

Heat the oven to gas mark 5 or 109ºC. Place the shelf just above the centre of the oven


  1. Put the flour into a mixing bowl. Rub in the butter, then stir in just 75g of the sugar at this stage!
  2. Cut the apples and pears into quarters, then remove the peel and core.
  3. Separate the apples from the pears (This is because the apples need to be stewed a bit and the pears don’t)
  4. Cut the apples and pears into slices. Place the pears into an ovenproof dish (approx. 1 litre dish)
  5. Place the apples into a cooking pot. Add a small amount of water just to barely cover the bottom of the pot. Add in the rest of the sugar. Add in the raisins. Add in half a teaspoon of all spice or a pinch of nutmeg. Leave to simmer for about 5 minutes, or until the apples are soft, but not mushy.
  6. Pour the apples and sultanas onto the pears. Give it a little stir.
  7. Sprinkle the crumble mixture over the fruit – then pop it in the oven
  8. Bake for about 40 minutes until the fruit is soft and the crumble is a pale golden brown.



Apple and pear crumble
The best apple and pear crumble in the world!

Best served with custard or ice-cream


Be adventurous! Next time make a crumble with a different kind of fruit…

(Use a total of 500g of fruit for each of these crumble recipes)

  • Plum crumble
  • Rhubarb crumble
  • Gooseberry crumble
  • Blackberry and apple crumble

Can you think of anymore types of crumble to try?



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Yummy banana and raisin cake


Yummy banana and raisin cake

This delicious banana and raisin cake will be a sure winner with your kids

This cake banana and raisin cake is moist and oh so good. You can eat it sliced, spread with a little butter if you like – We personally prefer it without – as ‘operation bikini’ is still in effect. 

Here’s our easy to follow recipe for…

Banana and Raisin Cake

Banana and Raisin Cake


  • 75g butter
  • 100g brown sugar
  • 1 table spoon honey or golden syrup
  • 1 rounded teaspoon of baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 medium, ripe bananas
  • 1 egg
  • 150g wholemeal flour
  • 100g white self-raising flour
  • 100g raisin (or sultanas)


Prepare the oven – gas mark 4, 180ºC. Position shelf in the centre.

Grease a medium loaf tin or line it with grease-proof paper (of course you can use a rounded cake tin too)

Now get ready to do the mixing –  do you dare to let the kids help?!

  • Beat the butter with the sugar until it is light and fluffy
  • Beat in the egg
  • Mash in the bananas and mix well
  • Mix in the flour, baking powder, and salt. (If your mix is looking a bit dry, then stir in a tablespoon of water)
  • Now mix in the raisins/sultanas

Banana and Raisin Cake

Put the banana and raisin cake into the oven and let it bake for 1 – 1 1/4 hours approx.

Test it with a skewer – it should come out clean and not gooey. Leave this yummy banana and raisin cake in the tin for about 10 minutes, then let it cool on a wire tray.

Let us know how it went down!

Tip for parents – this cake is even yummier with a cup of your favourite tea, your feet up and the kids in bed! 

Banana and Raisin Cake


Feeling adventurous – go on and make some fairy cakes – jump to our recipes for Fairy cakes, Queen Cakes, Cherry Cakes and Butterfly Cakes!


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Cupcakes verse Fairy-cakes


Cupcakes verse Fairy Cakes

We’ll get to ‘Muffins – Scones – Cookies – Biscuits’ later on!

So, lets start with Cupcakes and Fairy Cakes – what is the difference?

When I was little growing up in England, ‘cupcake’ was a word solely used by Americans.

No English person would dare mention the word ‘Cupcake’ – it just sounded weird and very wrong in our corner of the world – We called them ‘Fairy-Cakes’.

What is the difference between a Cupcake and a Fairy Cake?

They are now pretty much the same! – I find it personally sad to admit, the word ‘Fairy Cake’ is now near – non-existant…

But, once upon a time there was a small difference.

Fairy Cakes were made from ‘Victoria Sponge’ cake mix. They were smaller and flatter than cupcakes as they were made in shallower tins. Fairy Cakes came with a blob of glace icing on top and would sometimes have coloured sprinkles on top or a bright red glazed cherry, and currants or raisins inside them.

As you can see, cupcakes are a whole new ball game. They are way bigger and naughtier. There are so many designs and ways to construct the topping – the only problem I have with cupcakes is how do you eat them! For Fairy Cakes all it took was small neat bites and nothing could go wrong, just a few messy crumbs – but Cupcakes! – you need to open you mouth as wide as a T-Rex and still you’ll manage to get icing all over your hands and on the back of your head. Alternately, you can just get a fork and eat it in a ‘civilised’ way – but kids are kids, they shouldn’t need cutlery to gobble-up cakes at a birthday party – they are allowed to get messy and give you lots of cleaning up time. 

Which ones would you prefer to eat – Cupcakes or Fairy Cakes? Me – BOTH! 

The difference Fairy cakes verse Cupcakes
Fairy Cakes
The difference Fairy cakes verse Cupcakes

It took me many years before I was able to use the American word of ‘Cupcake’ – and even now it still seems weird and hurts a little. And as for cookies – don’t get me started hahahaha – we had ‘biscuits’ – if our biscuits had chocolate chips in them, then they were called cookies! – otherwise – BISCUITS! (More about Cookies and Biscuits in my other Post)

Just in case you don’t have a yummy Cupcake / Fairy Cake recipe, here’s one for you…

18 pretty little cakes

  • 125g/5oz self raising flour
  • 100g / 4oz margarine or butter
  • 100g / 40z sugar, preferably castor sugar
  • 2 eggs

The oven should be on gas mark 4 / 190ºc. Place the shelf just above the centre. Have 18 paper cases ready to put in there.

Sieve the flour into a bowl. Add all the other ingredients. Beat well with a mixer or wooden spoon until light and fluffy.

Divide the mix between the paper cases. Bake for about 20 – 25 minutes until they are all well risen, firm, and golden brown.


Queen  Fairy Cakes…


The difference Fairy cakes verse Cupcakes - Queen cakes
Queen Fairy Cakes

Make exactly as above, but add 50g / 20z of currants or sultanas to the mixture


Cherry Fairy Cakes…


The difference Fairy cakes verse Cupcakes - cherry cakes
Cherry Fairy Cakes

Make exactly as above, but add 50g / 20z of cherries that have been washed, dried and chopped.


Butterfly Fairy Cakes…


The difference Fairy cakes verse Cupcakes - butterfly cakes
Butterfly Fairy Cakes

Make some Fairy Cakes as described above. Make some butter cream by sieving 100g / 40z of icing sugar, adding 50g / 20z margarine or butter and 2 tsp milk, and beating together until smooth and light. Slice the tops off the cakes. Cut each top in two to make ‘wings’. Put a little butter cream on each cake and replace the wings. Sieve a little icing sugar over the top of the cakes.


Have a Mr. Men themed birthday party

Mr Men Little Misses birthday party theme pack

Try this recipe for making perfect Mr. Men Cupcakes / Fairy Cakes

When you click on the link below, it will securely re-direct you to the official Mr. Men website where you will be able to view the recipe right away:

Mr. Men Little Miss Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

Experiment with your icing designs! If your’e not good at baking, contact CHUCAKES and ask them to make them for you!

Mr Men cupcakes Chucakes
Mr. Men cupcakes made by ‘Chucakes’


Amazon has lots of Mr. Men Party accessories to insure  that the kids will have a great time having a Mr. Men or Little Misses themed birthday party.

Mr Men Little Misses birthday party theme
Mr Men birthday cake toppers

If you can’t see what your are looking for below, be sure to search Amazon for more accessories that display your child’s fav Mr. Men or Little Miss characters! – cake toppers, party bags, cups, napkins, tablecloths, banners, balloons, birthday cards, invitations, etc.

You could also consider treating each child to a little Mr. Men Birthday book to take home with them!?  


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