With a warm, cinnamon laced apple filling and a perfectly crunchy, crumbly topping, Apple Crumble is an absolute crowd pleaser.
Very easy to make, this Apple Crumble recipe is a keeper that you’ll make again and again. I adore warm desserts like this, along with Strawberry Crumble, Chocolate Self Saucing Pudding and Sticky Date Pudding with Butterscotch Sauce!
THE Apple Crumble recipe
This is The Apple Crumble recipe I’ve been making for years and years. Ever since my sister made an Apple Crumble by a well known celebrity chef for my birthday dinner (yes I’m weird, I seriously requested Apple Crumble instead of a birthday cake) and it was terribly disappointing.
Crumbly topping to be sure, but it was awfully dry and the filling was watery.
Not her fault, it was the recipe. She was not happy. Actually, she was rather grumpy.
That was the moment when I decided I needed to create my own recipe. 🙂
Why use this Apple Crumble recipe?
There are tons and tons of Apple Crumble recipes out there. This recipe doesn’t have any ground breaking techniques or secret ingredients. But it works, tastes great and it makes an Apple Crumble that is everything it should be. Specifically:
1. The apple filling is not dry or watery. It is made ever so slightly jammy / syrupy with the addition of flour mixed with the usual sugar (plus cinnamon for fragrance). Just a bit of flour really makes a difference; and
2. The crumbly topping bakes up beautifully crisp but is not dry or doughy or overly sweet. It crumbles when you serve it – hence the name ? – but it doesn’t disintegrate, there are chunks that hold together. Think chunky muesli/granola – like that. But softer. 🙂
Best apples for Apple Crumble
I like to use Granny Smith apples because the sweet-tart palette appeals to me. If you prefer not to have tartness, then feel free to use sweet red apples.
This recipe will also work for pears and even stone fruits like peaches.
The smell when this is in the oven is just heavenly. The cinnamon, the apple, the buttery sweet goodness.
And that moment when you crack through the nubbly golden topping and are greeted with the sight of golden syrupy, tender apples…
It’s just a little bit of heaven, right there.
Just one rule. Don’t forget the ice cream!!! ? – Nagi x
More Apple recipes you’ll love!
- Baked Apples with Caramel Sauce (self saucing!)
- Magic Stay-Moist Apple Muffins
- Apple Bars
- Apple Cake
Watch how to make it
- 2 lb / 1kg Granny Smith Apples( green apples), weight before peeling
- 1 tbsp white flour
- 1/2 cup / 110g white sugar
- 2 tbsp lemon juice (or water)
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 cup / 90g cup rolled oats / oatmeal (quick cooking is ok)
- 1 cup / 150g white flour
- 1 cup / 175 g brown sugar (loosely packed)
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1/2 cup / 125g unsalted butter, melted
- Pinch of salt
- Vanilla ice cream
- Preheat oven to 350F/180C.
- Peel apples, then cut into 1.5cm/ 3/5” cubes.
- Place apple in a bowl. Sprinkle with flour, sugar and cinnamon, then pour over lemon juice. Toss, then spread out evenly I'm a 1.5 litre/1.5 quart baking dish.
- Place Topping ingredients in a bowl. Mix until clumps form, like wet sand (see video). Spread over the apples, crumbling with fingers if required to get that crumbly topping.
- Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until golden brown. Remove, cover loosely with foil to keep warm and let stand for 10 minutes before serving (let's the apple filling come together).
- Serve warm with vanilla ice cream!
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