Apple Crumble With Gala Apples

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Apple crumble with Gala Apples is a classic dessert for those who love crumbles. The warm apples add a nice crunch to the soft crumble topping and the liquid sugar sauce adds a lovely sweetness. I’ve added hazelnuts to this recipe as they go so well with apples, but you could leave these out if you wish. This is a classic British dessert and it’s one of my favourites. The combination

of gooey, buttery crumble topping with sweet, juicy apples works amazingly well together. If you use the Gala apples the recipe absolutely will not disappoint. Apple crumble Recipe is an easy crumble, good for using up the left over apples from the week. I like to use a mix of cooking apples and dessert apples where possible. Good use of those apple slices that you can never seem to

finish in time. Frosting is optional, but it does make the crumble taste better, in my opinion. As mentioned above, the recipe uses cream and sugar (and even butter!) which definitely makes it more indulgent than traditional recipes, but we all need a treat once in a while. Red apples are good for health in many ways. Here are the most prominent health benefits of apples.

Apple Crumble With Gala Apples

Apple Crumble With Gala Apples is a dessert recipe that tastes amazing. Here’s how you make this awesome dessert. It’s mid-afternoon and you’re hungry. You’d love something sweet, but also want some protein as you battle your pre-lunch hunger pangs. So today, I decided to eat apple crumble with gala apples from my garden instead of apples from the grocery store. Here’s how it went…

This easy Apple Crisp recipe is full of juicy, ripe gala apples in a gooey cinnamon sauce all topped off with a crunchy oat topping. Apple crisp with gala apples is a classic and delicious fall treat that you are going to make again and again.

A small bowl of baked apple crisp topped with whipped cream, a sprinkling of cinnamon, and a cinnamon stick.
Classic Apple Crisp is a Favorite Fall Dessert

OLD FASHIONED APPLE CRISP

We got a jump start on fall and went apple picking last weekend at our favorite orchard down here in the south. This is a lot earlier than we’ve gone in years past, but I just had a longing to go spend some time in those fields among the trees.

Apple picking is my all time favorite fall activity. Well, that and making apple cider slushies, my kids adore them and for the adults I make this warm spiked apple cider topped with a mountain of whipped cream.

I typically like to bake with Granny Smith apples when I am making any type of apple desserts, but those aren’t harvested until October. What they did have though was trees full of beautiful, red gala apples. So instead of Granny Smiths we ended up with an abundance of galas.

So I did what any reasonable person would do, I made Gala apple crisp.

BETTY CROCKER APPLE CRISP

While I love the cinnamony, gooey apples in this recipe, I have to say that the homemade apple crisp topping is my favorite part. I could eat a bowl of that all on its own. Not many things can beat fresh, creamy butter cut into old fashioned oats, brown sugar and cinnamon. Some people make apple crisp without oats (like the Joy of Cooking apple crisp), if you like you can make a different topping, but I love this one with all of the oats!

We like to make this dessert year ’round, but there is something special about making it with apples you picked yourself. My favorite time to make it is in the fall. Of course, you can make this with apples you grab from the store. Keep in mind that apple season is from August to November so this is when the apples will have the best flavor.

I always enjoyed eating the Betty Crocker apple crisp recipe growing up. This one is is very similar to hers but not exact. Betty Crockers recipe includes nutmeg in the oat topping and mine does not.

A small bowl of apple crisp with gala apples topped with whipped cream and a sprinkling of cinnamon beside cinnamon sticks. The baking dish of crisp is in the background.
You Can Use Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, or Fuji Apples Instead of Galas.

CAN YOU MAKE APPLE CRISP WITH GALA APPLES?

Yes, of course you can make apple crisp with Gala apples, but it is not necessary to use them in this recipe. You can switch out the Gala apples for a few different apples (listed below).

WHAT IS THE BEST APPLE FOR APPLE CRISP?

The best apples for baking apple crisp are Granny Smith apples, they are normally my go-to apples. Any sweet, but tart apple will work and it is best if it is also a firmer apple. Like Gala (of course), Honeycrisp, Golden Delicious, Fuji, Jonagold, or Crispin.

DO YOU PEEL APPLES FOR APPLE CRISP?

It is not a requirement to peel the apples for apple crisp. Leaving the peel on can add an extra tartness and some vitamins that are found in the apple skin. I personally peel the apples because we prefer the texture of the crisp when the apples are peeled. Sometimes the peels stay a little tough and don’t get completely soft during baking. If you love the peel (or just want to save some time), leave the peel on.

A spoonful of apple crisp above a small bowl of baked apple crisp. Baking dish of crisp in the background.
This Easy to Make Apple Crisp Will Become a Family Favorite

HOW DO YOU MAKE APPLE CRISP FROM SCRATCH?

Apple crisp is a very simple apple dessert that is so much easier to make than an apple pie! It is one of my favorite fruit desserts. To make apple crisp from scratch just peel, core, and chop some apples (I like to let my oldest peel the apples). Mix them up with some cinnamon and sugar. Dump them into a greased pan. Mix the ingredients for the topping, sprinkle over the apples, and BAKE. That’s it!

APPLE CRISP RECIPE INGREDIENTS

  • Apples: The apples need to be peeled (if you are peeling) and cored. Then cut into chunks. There is a variety of apples you can use, I used Galas in this recipe.
  • Lemon Juice: You want to make sure to use fresh, real lemon juice for best results.
  • Sugar: Granulated white sugar.
  • Cinnamon: You will need ground cinnamon for the apple filling, as well as the oat topping.
  • Oats: You can use old fashioned (my favorite) or quick cooking oats.
  • Flour: All-purpose flour is all you need. You can also use a gluten free flour.
  • Brown Sugar: I use light brown sugar in this recipe.
  • Salt: Only a pinch of salt is needed to bring out the sugary flavors.
  • Butter: I like to use a good quality, unsalted butter. You will be cubing the butter to be easily broken down for the topping.
All of the ingredients needed to make apple crisp such as oats, cinnamon, cubed butter, and apples.
Make Sure to Use Very Cold Butter When Making the Crumbly Topping

HOW TO MAKE EASY APPLE CRISP

You are going to be eating apple crisp in no time with this recipe that you are going to love. For more precise ingredients and instructions please see the recipe card below.

  1. Prep baking dish. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter or non-stick cooking spray an 8×8-inch square pan. Set to the side.
  2. Mix the filling. In a medium bowl, add in the cut up apples, half the cinnamon, granulated sugar, and lemon juice. Mix together well.
  3. Apples in the pan. Add apples to the buttered baking dish.
  4. Mix topping. In a separate bowl, add in the flour, oats, brown sugar, other half of the cinnamon, salt and butter. Using two forks (or a pastry cutter), cut the butter into the oats until the mixture is in pea-sized chunks.
  5. Add the topping. Spread the topping evenly over the apples.
  6. Bake it. Bake for 40-42 minutes, until the top is a nice brown.
  7. Serve it. Serve this crisp topped with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
All of the steps needed to make apple crisp with gala apples.
Chopped up Pecans or Walnuts Can be Added to the Crisp Topping.

SIMPLE APPLE CRISP TIPS & VARIATIONS

  • Add nuts. Add 1/2-1 cup of very well chopped nuts like pecans, macadamia, or walnuts to the topping when you are mixing it.
  • Drizzle on caramel. Top this apple crisp with a caramel drizzle. Or add ice cream or homemade whipped cream.
  • Use different apples. If you don’t have Gala apples, you can also use Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Crispin or Fuji. Another thing I love to do when making homemade apple crisp is to mix different apple types together.
  • Homemade apple crisp calories. There are about 6 servings of apple crisp that are around 372 calories each.
  • Cold butter. Make sure that your butter is very cold when you make the oat topping. You don’t want the topping mushy, so pull the butter straight from the refrigerator only when you are about to use it.

BAKING DELEMAS

  • How to fix soggy apple crisp? Baked apple crisp that has been refrigerated can get soggy because the crisp topping starts to absorb the juices from the apples. One trick you can try is to pull the topping off the crisp and place onto a baking sheet in a thin layer. Cook at 350°F for 5 minutes or so, until it has crisped back ups
  • Does Apple Crisp Need to be Covered While Baking? I personally do not cover my apple crisp while it’s baking because I like the top to get, well, crisp. That topping keeps the filling underneath nice and juicy and the top gets a nice golden brown.

STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS

  • How to Refrigerate Apple Crisp: Let the apple crisp cool completely (this helps keep it crisp) and store about 5 days in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • How to Store Apple Crisp at Room Temperature: Store apple crisp at room temp for about 2 days. If you live somewhere humid (like I do down here in the south), you will probably want to refrigerate your crisp.
  • How to Freeze Apple Crisp: Let the apple crisp cool off completely before putting into an airtight glass, BPA-free freezer-safe bag or freezer-safe plastic container. Make sure to label with the recipe name and date. The crisp should last about 3 months in the freezer. Cook uncooked, frozen apple crisp for 1 hour at 350°F. Uncooked, thawed apple crisp cook for 45 minutes at 350°F. Cooked, frozen apple crisp cooks for 40 minutes at 350°F. Cooked, thawed apple crips cooks for 15-20 minutes at 350°F. Cover with aluminum foil for at least half of the cooking time to keep it from getting too dry.
  • How to Thaw Apple Crisp: Thaw the frozen apple crisp in the refrigerator for at least 1 1/2 hours or overnight.
  • How to Reheat Apple Crisp: Reheat cold apple crisp in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time until desired warmth is reached.

Apple Crumble Recipe

Apple crumble Recipe is a fantastic way to use up those leftover apples you have lying around, except most recipes call for loads of sugar, butter and pastry which adds more calories than I like to have at the end of the day. Making an apple crumble recipe doesn’t have to be a difficult task; it will take slightly more than twenty minutes, and it’s worth it. You need just five ingredients to make a perfect apple crumble.

If you are someone who is always stealing the crumbs off the top of the apple crumble, this recipe is for you. We spread the apples out on a sheet pan to maximize the surface area and upped the chewy oats and crumb topping so that every bite has plenty.

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 55 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 10 to 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 7 medium baking apples, such as Gala or Fuji (about 3 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice 
  • 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Vanilla ice cream, for serving 

Directions

Special equipment:

 an 18-by-13-inch sheet pan

  1. Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 425 degrees F. Peel and core the apples, then cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Place apple slices on an 18-by-13-inch sheet pan and toss with the lemon juice, 1/4 cup of the brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of melted butter, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/8 teaspoon salt.
  2. Spread the apples evenly on the pan, cover with foil and bake until the apples have softened and released some liquid, about 20 minutes.  
  3. Meanwhile, combine the oats, flour, remaining 1 1/4 cups brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon salt together in a large bowl, breaking up any lumps with a fork. Add the remaining melted butter to the oat mixture, stirring with a fork until it is moistened and crumbly. 
  4. Carefully uncover the sheet pan and scatter the oat crumble evenly over the top. Bake uncovered until the top is crisp and golden brown and juices are bubbly, about 15 minutes. Serve with ice cream.

APPLE CRUMBLE RECIPE

Are you looking for an apple crumble recipe? You’re not alone. I’m a big fan of apple desserts. If you’ve been reading this blog for some time, you know that apples make regular appearances in dessert recipes. One of the reasons I love them so much is because they are so versatile. Boiled down to their base elements, most apple dessert recipes ask for fruit, sugar and flour. This means there’s really no wrong way to make an apple dessert.

Apple Crumble is a 9×13 pan dessert full of sweetened apples and a thick crumble layer with brown sugar and oatmeal.  Serve it with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream and whipped cream,…you will be in heaven. I promise you’ll believe it’s the best apple crumble recipe out there with tender apples and sweet fruit filling.

APPLE CRUMBLE RECIPE

He orders it at every restaurant and is always disappointed…not enough crumble on top, too dry, apples too mushy…you get the drift.

This version, however, he loved. I have always thought it’s bold to label a dish as “the best” or “perfect” because you set some really high expectations but I have no qualms about calling this the perfect apple dessert.

What I love about crumbles versus pies is that there’s no pie crust involved. I’m terrible at pie crusts.

INGREDIENTS

  • Apples – you can use any fresh apples but here are my top apples for this recipe: Gala, Fiji, Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, Golden Delicious, or Granny Smith. Tart apples, like Granny Smith, complement the sweetness of the crumble. You don’t have to wait until apple season. They work in this dish all year.
  • Old Fashioned Oats – quick oats will work as well but I like the texture of old fashioned.
  • Brown Sugar
  • White Sugar
  • Cinnamon – can anything be better than warm cinnamon apples?
  • Flour – a bit of flour makes it a crunchy topping.
  • Lemon Juice – adds a bright flavor and helps make the sauce for the apples. 
  • Butter – usually crumble recipes use cold butter cut in with a pastry cutter, but this version uses melted butter.
  • Nutmeg – there aren’t secret ingredients in this but if there were one, this would be it. It adds that special note to the juicy apples.
  • Nuts
  • Baking Powder/ Baking Soda

Just peel, core, and slice the apples. Not too thick, not too thick. I like to cut them in 1/4 inch slices. Sprinkle on some cinnamon sugar…

Add your crumbly topping.

If you aren’t good at pie crusts, try this easy Apple Crumble recipe for Thanksgiving instead of apple pie. Trust me…you won’t miss your pie a bit. Those other delicious desserts won’t be any competition.

HOW TO MAKE APPLE CRUMBLE

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place the sliced apples in a 9×13 inch pan. Mix the white sugar, 1 tablespoon flour, nutmeg, and ground cinnamon together, and sprinkle over apples.
  3. For the Topping: In a large bowl, combine the oats, 1 cup flour, brown sugar, pecans, baking powder, baking soda and melted butter together. Crumble evenly over the apple mixture.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for about 35-40 minutes or until apples are cooked and crumble is golden brown.
  5. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

Serve warm with ice cream!

THE BEST APPLES FOR APPLE CRUMBLE

The kind of apples matter for your apple filling. Granny Smith apples are slightly tart and firm which make them great for baking apple desserts. You can’t miss these…they’re green apples.

Health Benefits Of Apples

Apples can provide us with several benefits. They are one of the most common and popular fruits. There, different varieties of apples. Among all of them, today’s topic is how many Health Benefits of Apples. Apples are the most popular type of fruit in the world, but many people do not know why apples are good for them. You’ll discover their numerous health benefits from eating apples in this article.

1. May improve gut health

There is good bacteria in your gut that helps keep digestive issues such as bloating at bay, and research shows that apples — particularly organic apples — can maintain a healthy gut microbiome. 

“Apples contain pectin, a type of soluble fiber, which is a prebiotic. This feeds that good gut bacteria in your colon microbiome,” says Emily Rice, RD, staff dietitian at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. 

By feeding the good bacteria and helping it flourish, pectin in apples helps keep your gut healthy, resulting in benefits like regular bowel movements and increased immunity, says Rice.

2. May regulate bowel movements

One apple with its skin on contains around 4.5 grams of fiber, including both soluble and insoluble fiber, which have the following bowel benefits:

  • Soluble fiber absorbs water and turns into a gel-like substance that can slow down digestion, preventing diarrhea. 
  • Insoluble fiber bulks up your stool and helps food pass quickly through your intestines, preventing constipation.  

3. May lower blood pressure

Apples are not necessarily a rich source of potassium but if you consume them along with a diverse, healthy diet, the potassium in apples may help contribute to healthy blood pressure because of how it relaxes blood vessels walls, thus easing tension:

  • A 2015 review of three studies found that people who ate more than four servings a week of whole fruits and vegetables, including apples, had a lower risk of high blood pressure than those who only ate whole fruits and vegetables once a month. 

Note: An apple contains about 107 milligrams of potassium. The recommended daily intake of potassium is 2,600 mg for women and 3,400 mg for men.

If you have high blood pressure, lowering your blood pressure can prevent heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes

4. May lower cholesterol

The soluble fiber in apples can help limit the amount of cholesterol absorbed into your bloodstream, which can lower your LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol, Rice says. 

Lowering cholesterol in general reduces your risk of heart disease, strokes, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure. 

A 2015 review found that there is a correlation between frequent consumption of apples and fewer cardiovascular disease risk factors, particularly cholesterol. Researchers also found that the prebiotics in apples may also play a role in preventing cardiovascular diseases.

5. May boost your immune system

Soluble fiber, such as the pectin found in apples, may strengthen your immune system, says Allison Childress, PhD, RDN, dietitian and assistant professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Texas Tech University.

“Soluble fiber increases the production of protein interleukin-4 which stimulates T-cells. T-cells play a critical role in our immunity to pathogens,” says Childress.

A 2020 review found that pectin can improve your intestinal immune barrier, which can further protect you from infections in the gut.  

​6. May be diabetes-friendly

Thanks to their fiber, apples have a low glycemic index, meaning they’re unlikely to cause blood sugar spikes, making them a healthy option for people with diabetes.

Apples have a GI of about 28. For comparison a glass of apple juice, which lacks fiber, has a GI of about 44.

In addition to being a healthy option for those with diabetes, apples may help reduce the risk of developing diabetes in the first place:

  • A 2005 study linked apples specifically to a lower diabetes risk, finding that those who ate one apple a day had a 28% lower risk of type 2 diabetes than those who ate no apples.

7. May prevent free radical damage 

Apples are rich in polyphenols, which are plant chemicals loaded with antioxidants. 

Childress says these polyphenols can help protect the body from cell damage caused by free radicals, and may help prevent conditions such as:

  • Cancer
  • Heart diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Eye diseases
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Parkinson’s 

It’s important to note that the majority of the antioxidant content comes from the skin of the apples, Childress says, so you should avoid cutting off the skin. 

8. May be beneficial for bone health

Eating apples may contribute to a higher bone mineral density, says Childress. 

This can prevent osteoporosis, which is when there is a deterioration of the bone structure that may lead to an increased risk of broken bones. 

This is because the vitamins and minerals like vitamin C and potassium found in apples can reduce the amount of calcium you lose from excretion, thus promoting bone health, says Rice.

A 2012 review found a link between higher fruit intake and higher bone density and bone strength, with apples specifically being one of the fruits studied. It’s believed that the bone benefits of fruit intake are related to antioxidants and other bioactive compounds found in fruit. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • Where did apple crisp originate? The first known recipe for apple crisp in print was in a cookbook in 1924. It is said that apple crumble originated in Britain during WW2 because there was not an abundance of pastry ingredients. So it was a sort of apple pie replacement.
  • Can you freeze apple crisp? Yes, you can freeze apple crisp. Check storage instructions below for exact instructions.
  • Is apple crisp the same as apple crumble? Although they are very similar, an apple crisp typically has oats in the topping and apple crumble does not have oats or nuts.
  • What is the difference between an Apple Brown Betty and apple crisp? An Apple Brown Betty is similar to a crumble in that it does not contain oats, but the topping is layered throughout the fruit instead of just being on top of the fruit.
  • How long does it take to bake frozen apple crisp? A frozen apple crisp needs to be cooked for about 40 minutes at 350°F. Cover with foil for the first 20-25 minutes so that the topping doesn’t dry out.

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