The Great British Bake Off: How it’s inspiring our younger generation

The Great British Bake Off is taking over! Regular readers will know that I’ve been away in Liverpool for the past three weeks house sitting, looking after my family’s dog, cat and two bearded dragons whilst they’ve been on holiday. Upon returning my cousin, who’s 13 and sport mad.

She’s a bit of a tomboy and so different to me (she’s not interested in princesses and unicorns, makeup and girly things like I am), however, she’s taken a keen interest in blogging and is totally obsessed by The Great British Bake Off.The Great British Bake Off: How it's inspiring our younger generation 1

So when she asked me to take some photos of her making a crumble for her blog as she was inspired by the #GBBO I was impressed that something so simple could inspire the younger generation to get up off the sofa and do something creative.

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The pair of them (my two cousins, 13 & 8) must have clocked some hours up this Summer playing on their iPads. In fact, I’d hate to know how many hours have been spent tapping away pointlessly playing games, however, my eldest cousin put down her gadgets and created the most fantastic smelling and looking crumble – I didn’t eat it as my gluten intolerance wouldn’t allow and I’m on the strictest diet!

She had decided to make a blackberry and apple crumble with her younger brother and dad had come home with a huge bag of freshly picked blackberries from the Pinewoods near their home.

Once they were all washed and clean we all had a little taste of the blackberries which were very tart but so fresh and delicious. Much better than shop-bought fruit!

She created this very simple but delicious recipe for you to follow yourself;


  • 4 apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 2 cups of blackberries
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup of butter, chilled and cubed
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp of nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp of salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish with butter.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the sliced apples and blackberries. Add the cinnamon, nutmeg and salt, and stir to combine.
  4. Spread the fruit mixture evenly in the prepared baking dish.
  5. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, rolled oats, and chilled cubed butter.
  6. Use a pastry cutter or your hands to mix the ingredients together until they form coarse crumbs.
  7. Sprinkle the crumble mixture evenly over the fruit.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, or until the crumble is golden brown and the fruit is bubbling.
  9. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes before serving.
  10. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Enjoy your delicious apple and blackberry crumble!

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I’m super proud of her for her fantastic blog and her cooking skills. She’s an amazing baker, but my Grandma’s father was a baker and my Grandma is an amazing baker too. It must run in our genes!

It’s fascinating to see how family traditions can be passed down from generation to generation, and how each family member adds their own unique twist to the recipe.

Overall, it’s heartwarming to see how family traditions and talents can be celebrated and passed down, and how they can continue to bring joy and satisfaction to future generations.

If you get a chance to check out her blog I highly recommend a read (and drop her a little comment if you get a chance!)

I’d love if you would check out her blog here and support her on her blogging and Great British Bake Off cooking journey

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