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Raspberry & Apple Crumble

Raspberry & Apple Crumble

The crumble, the working class’s quick-as-a-flash version of a full-on pie, is my go-to dessert whenever a crew gathers for a feed—whether formal, informal, or anywhere in between. Like so many foods we have grown up with, it invariably leads to a standing ovation when the last spoon has been licked clean.

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