Monday, 16 January 2012

Blue Monday and Cheer-up Tuesday Comfort food: Pear and Apple Mincemeat Crumble


How was it for you?


Or, as it is otherwise known, Blue Monday.

Yep, boffins got together and undertook some nifty calculations, which I would summerise as follows, in the What Kate Baked Classroom:

They declared the third Monday in January as the most depressing day of the year.

While this has roundly been declared pseudoscience, I reckon its a fine excuse to indulge in some comforting, cheering food. At least that's what I told myself yesterday when I had the King Size Bounty.

Both of them.

This crumble I've been storing up to post since Christmas, thinking it would be an antidote to yesterday's gloom. And, because it would be using up any leftover mincemeat you may have lurking at the back of the cupboard, I've entered into Fuss Free Flavour's Frugal Food Fridays.

Pear and Apple Mincemeat Crumble

125g plain flour
125g unsalted butter, diced
100g light brown sugar
75g light muscovado sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
Zest of two lemons and juice of one
4 eating apples, peeled, cored and cut into small chunks
4 pears, peeled, cored and cut into small chunks
4 tbsp mincemeat

1. Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan/Gas Mark 6
2. To make the crumble rub together the butter and 125g of the flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs
3. Stir in 125g of the sugar (reserving 50g of the light brown sugar), the cinnamon and half the lemon zest
4. Pop the fruit in a shallow, oven proof dish, add the mincemeat, the remaining sugar, 1 tbsp of the flour, the lemon juice and remaining zest. Stir well
5. Sprinkle the crumble mixture on the fruit and bake for 45 minutes until the fruit is bubbling nicely and the crumble golden

Baker's notes...

  • Super-tasty warm from the oven and served with cream or ice cream
  • Can I christen today Cheer-up-Tuesday?



  1. Yum! That's pudding for this evening sorted:-) I certainly feel cheered at the prospect!

  2. no word of a lie, yesterday was the worst day i've had in 12 months... horrid. Wish I had you apple crumble x

  3. Fab way of using up the mincemeat left over from Christmas. I wasn't glum yesterday though, it was a beautiful sunny day! I never understand people talking themselves into being miserable in January when days are getting longer again!

  4. Nice crumble. That lemon and mincemeat flavour sounds great - that's enough to cheer anyone up. As I understand it Blue Monday was invented by an advertising agency as a way to get people to book holidays but nonetheless I didn't feel great - that might have been caused by Red (Wine) Sunday, though.

  5. Blue Monday didn't seem so bad to me yesterday due to the amazing amount of glorious winter light! I too have a couple of jars of mincemeat hanging around so will make this crumble on the weekend xx

  6. I didn;t even remember it was Blue Monday till Hubby reminded me last night - phew, a lucky escape as I buy into these theories far too easily lol. Love how you have combated it though, yum!

  7. What a fab combination! I hvae to say I woke up feeling okay yesterday until the radio told me I should feel blue so then I did!

  8. I didn't even realise it was Blue Monday yesterday. I was ok until I damaged the arch in my foot after a session of Zumba!! This crumble looks so delish and comforting. I have a few jars of my home-made mincemeat left too and will definitely try this recipe.


  9. I posted about this the other day......amazing isn't it? BUT I would be cheered up with this though....LOVELY Kate!
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  10. You definitely can't beat a crumble for comfort food! This one sounds delicious.

  11. Any excuse to eat the addition of the mincemeat.

  12. I didn't read about it being blue Monday until this morning, and had a lovely day yesterday, helped along by some sunshine!

    Love the look of the crumble, and hope it cheered you up if you needed it!

  13. Hate to say it, but I though the most miserable day of the year was sometime in February - hopefully I'm wrong! The plus side is you'll have another excuse to bake something delicious, if you really needed an excuse that is.


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