the gardener’s lunch

by Sharon Santoni

the gardeners lunch my french country home


Autumn is the time for getting to grips with the garden.  Cutting back, pruning, sorting … there is some heavy work involved.

the gardeners lunch my french country home

Every worker needs a break, some savoury, some sweet …..

Here is my take on a French gardener’s lunch … glass of wine, bread and cheese, and our favourite autumn dessert, made with the seasonal apples and blackberries.

To make the cake you will need a deep pan, and an oven preheated to 180°C


Simply throw into your mixer….

125g of ground almonds

125g sugar

finely grated zest of a lemon

pinch of salt

250g plain flour

250g butter

Peel one large apple, and cut into small cubes, mix in a separate bowl with a big handful of blackberries and 80g sugar

Line your pan with baking paper or be sure to grease it well… When your crumble mix looks like fine breadcrumbs put half into the base of the pan, but don’t push down.  Scatter the fruit mix all over the crumble, then pour in the remaining crumble mix.  Still don’t push it down.

Pop into the oven for one hour, leave it to cool a little before removing from the tin.

Take off your gardening gloves, and simply enjoy


the gardeners lunch my french country home


denise@magnoliaveranda September 26, 2014 - 7:09 am

The perfect lunch in my book.

The Enchanted Home September 26, 2014 - 10:01 am

One question…can I come? I love this… my kind of lunch! I love it!

Vicky September 26, 2014 - 10:41 am

I’d love to join you for lunch and to help you work in your garden!

Denise September 26, 2014 - 11:35 am

Would love to come especially if ghetto would be there!

Agnès Baboo September 26, 2014 - 11:50 am

Beautiful pics ! This has to be… yummy !

stacey snacks September 26, 2014 - 12:30 pm

This is what my gardener (Henry) eats for lunch… his lunchbox. 🙂

Nancy September 26, 2014 - 2:10 pm

gone are the days when I could eat like that…. yummmmm
Love your pictures….

Miss Diane September 26, 2014 - 2:12 pm

Ce “crumble” semble tellement délicieux que je vais en faire une version sans gluten et, avec votre permission, je vais la publier sur mon blogue “Les Carnets de Miss Diane”.

Merci Sharon, vos photos sont magnifiques et très appétissantes!

Bebe September 26, 2014 - 2:46 pm

Some of us are conversion challenged when it comes to recipes where measurements are in grams as weight to volume changes depending upon the density of the ingredient. I found this nifty tool:

Some will have a scale with metric measurements. If not, this should help.

Your crumble sounds terrific!

Peggy Braswell September 26, 2014 - 3:23 pm

yummy + lucky gardner!

Karena September 26, 2014 - 3:41 pm

Sharon, that fruit crumble looks so delish! Yum! I hope that you can enjoy part of the weekend and not work too hard in the garden!

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Colleen Taylor September 26, 2014 - 5:24 pm

Oh my, sounds absolutely delicious & thank you for the wonderful sounding recipe, yum! X

Anita September 26, 2014 - 5:28 pm

Yes, please!

Betsy September 27, 2014 - 2:12 am

I would be happy eating that lunch every single day!

I’m pinning your cake recipe…I know we will enjoy it!

Maria Teresa de Bracamonte September 27, 2014 - 8:04 am

Oh my…. I wish I could be there right now! If I had the ingredients I would make the berry/apple crumble right now… but it’s 3:00 am in the USA…. Thanks for sharing!

Jane Squire September 27, 2014 - 10:59 am

Dear Sharon, The Blackberry and Apple crumble shortcake is absolutely delicious. We have just enjoyed it for our dessert this evening. I did not have Blackberries so substituted with thawed Blueberries (I had weighed out the 80gsms sugar for the fruit filling and then forgot to add it in my rush). The consensus of opinion was it was not required. Maybe Blueberries are sweeter than Blackberries. Thank you for this easy, quick, delicious recipe. You have a very lucky gardener! Best wishes. Jane

Miss September 27, 2014 - 11:18 am

Your blog is a great discovery. I was born in France and now living in Canada. But I lived in the sane kind of life you show on your blog. My parents have an old house living in shabby chic country style. Recipes are so good.
And it is a great pleasure to see that things. And I will be back just for memories…
Have a nice day.

therese September 29, 2014 - 5:42 am

J’aime beaucoup les jolies Chaises. Pour moi le petit déj simplement un bon Thé et quelque petites Tartine de Pain grillé. Merci pour la recette. Passé une belle Semaine.

Elaine September 29, 2014 - 2:19 pm

Hi Sharon, this looks divine! I am having a difficult time converting for USA measurements. I am finding opposing amounts on various sites. Can you help me please? I am anxious to try this recipe! Thank you for all you do 🙂

Lindaraxa September 30, 2014 - 4:19 pm

Beautiful photos of your garden lunch! I love these recipes…sounds like the ones you get from the vendors at the farmers market. they are usually the best!


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