Apple Crumble Using Canned Apples


This recipe for apple crumble using canned apples is perfect for when you want to make something sweet, yet not spend all day in the kitchen. Apple crumble made with canned apples is quick and easy to make, perfect for the busy cook. There are so many good recipes from this classic crumble dish, whether you want to make a sweet or savory version.

Easy Apple Crisp with Pie Filling

a simple recipe for apple crisp made with tinned apple pie filling. This recipe, which I learned from my grandma, is simple to prepare and delicious. Warm servings with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream are preferred.

Recipe Summary


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1 8×8-inch dish


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  • 1 (21 ounce) can apple pie filling
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup margarine
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

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Instructions Checklist

  • First, preheat the oven to 350°F (175 degrees C).
  • Spread pie mixture evenly in an 8×8-inch baking dish in step 2. Add a dash of nutmeg and cinnamon.
  • Step 3: Blend sugar and margarine. Use a pastry blender to incorporate flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Mixture should be topped with pie filling.
  • Step 4Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes or until the filling is hot and bubbling and the topping is browned and crisp.

Apple Crumble

 Prep: 15 mins

 Cook: 40 mins

 Total: 55 mins


A golden, nubbly crunchy topping is placed on top of a filling of soft, cinnamon-infused apples. You’ll appreciate how the filling in this apple crumble is syrupy and jammy rather than watery or dry, and how it isn’t excessively sweet. When this is cooking, the aroma is everything! SWEETNESS




  • ▢2 lb / 1kg Granny Smith Apples( green apples), weight before peeling
  • ▢1 tbsp white flour
  • ▢1/2 cup white sugar
  • ▢2 tbsp lemon juice (or water)
  • ▢1/2 tsp ground cinnamon


  • ▢1 cup rolled oats / oatmeal (quick cooking is ok)
  • ▢1 cup white flour
  • ▢1 cup brown sugar (loosely packed)
  • ▢1/2 tsp baking powder
  • ▢1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • ▢125g / 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • ▢Pinch of salt


  • ▢Vanilla ice cream


  • Heat the oven to 350°F/180°C.
  • Cut apples into 1.5cm/3/5″ cubes after peeling.
  • In a bowl, put an apple. Sprinkle with cinnamon, sugar, and flour before drizzling lemon juice over top. Spread everything evenly in a 1.5 liter/1.5 quart baking dish after tossing.
  • Place ingredients for a bowl’s topping. Mix until moist sand-like clumps form (see video). Spread the mixture over the apples and, if necessary, make it crumbly by using your fingers.
  • Until golden brown, bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Before serving, remove from the oven, cover loosely with foil to maintain warmth, and let stand for 10 minutes to allow the apple filling to meld.
  • With vanilla ice cream, serve warm!

Recipe Notes:

  1. Weighing comes PRIOR to coring and peeling. Granny Smith apples are great for this because they are a little sour. Any apple variety or even pears can be used.

Peaches work as well, although you can reduce the sugar a little. Any sort of berry works well in this recipe.

Whatever method you choose, keep the sugar in there since it helps the filling become a little jammy rather than watery.

  1. Weights – This recipe is quite forgiving and works whether using US cups or Imperial cups (i.e., what 99% of the rest of the world uses). Differences in cup measures are relative. Please use the specified weight measures as Japanese cups, which are smaller, won’t work with it.
  2. To make the recipe ahead, complete it only before adding the crumbled topping.

Crinkle topping shortly before baking, then cover with cling wrap (refrigerate if it’s hot where you are).

  1. SWEETNESS: A few people have commented that they find this to be excessively sweet. I don’t have a really sweet tooth, but I adore this just the way it is. If you like less sweet foods, you can cut the topping’s sugar content to as little as 1/2 cup. It’s preferable to leave the sugar in Filling alone to prevent changes to the syrup’s consistency. Utilize green apples as well; they are less sweet than other varieties.
  2. Ice cream is not included in the nutrition per serving, assuming this serves 8.


This apple crumble dish is everyone’s all-time favorite. It has a sweet apple and cinnamon middle and a crunchy brown sugar and oat topping.

Absolutely NO expensive equipment is needed to prepare this winter treat, which may be served with lots of ice cream, cream, or custard in about 45 minutes.

A spoon in a dish of golden baked apple crumble.

Here’s a little secret: This is the greatest and simplest apple crumble recipe you’ll ever make.

Fruit Crumble

It just takes 45 minutes to prepare, only uses a few simple ingredients, and doesn’t even need any special equipment.

With my recipe, you’ll produce the most delectable oat-based golden crunchy crumble with a soft, delightfully sweet, and cinnamon-infused apple filling underneath.


There’s so much to love about my quick and easy apple crumble recipe!

  • Many names… same delicious dessert – whether you know this sweet dessert as apple crisp, apple streusel or apple crumble.… each name refers to the same popular dessert.
  • Budget-friendly – made from pantry and fridge staples (that you might already have at home), this apple crisp recipe costs just a couple of dollars and serves 8 people.
  • Crowd pleaser – from toddlers through to grandparents, this classic apple crumble recipe is always a popular option for dessert.
  • 45 minute recipe – from starting to prepare this dessert to serving it up at the dinner table, 45 minutes is all you need!
  • Gluten-free option – substitute the plain flour for gluten-free plain flour for a gluten-free apple crumble recipe that is just as tasty!
  • Freezer-friendly – freeze any leftovers for up to 3 months. Apple crumble defrosts beautifully so don’t be afraid to stash away a few serves for later.


Apple crumble is produced from inexpensive kitchen staples and is highly economical (have a peek in your pantry and fridge… you might find that you already have the ingredients sitting there).


  • Apples – the Granny Smith variety of apples are generally considered the best apples to use for apple crumble. They don’t go as mushy as some other varieties and their tartness is the perfect contrast to the sweet brown sugar and oat crumble. Alternatively, you can use any variety of apple you like, such as Pink Lady, Jonathan, Red Delicious, Jonagold, Honeycrisp, Braeburn, Cripps Pink etc.
  • Water – for lightly stewing the apples.
  • Caster sugar – this superfine sugar is perfectly suited to stewing apples as it dissolves once mixed with water giving the apples a light, sweet flavour.
  • Lemon juice – adding lemon juice to the stewed apples helps to stop them from browning.
  • Cinnamon & nutmeg – the perfect combination of spices for apple crumble. Choose ground cinnamon and nutmeg.


The crumble topping with oats is just SO easy to make… and all you need is 4 basic ingredients.

  • Rolled oats – also known as old fashioned oats. Alternatively, you can use quick oats, however, the larger rolled oats give a crunchier crumble!
  • Brown sugar – you can use either regular brown sugar or dark brown sugar. Brown sugar adds a rich, caramelised flavour to the crumble.
  • Plain flour – also known as all purpose flour.
  • Butter – you can use salted or unsalted butter for this recipe. The butter binds the oats, sugar and flour together, giving you clusters of crunchy crumble.


Absolutely NO fancy equipment is required to make my easy apple crumble recipe:

  • Stove-top & saucepan – for stewing the apples. Alternatively, you can use my Thermomix apple crumble recipe here.
  • Bowl – for mixing the crumble ingredients together. You don’t even need a spoon – your fingers are the best way to make the crunchy oat clusters!
  • Baking dish – you can use any large baking dish you like. I recommend using a greased 30cm round baking dish or a large rectangular baking dish.
  • Oven – I specify fan-forced temperatures. If using a conventional oven, increase the temperature by 10-20 degrees celsius.


This is SUCH an easy homemade apple crumble recipe… quick, easy and no-fuss!


Cook the apples in a pot with the water, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, and lemon juice until they are just tender.

Pour onto a baking pan that has been lightly buttered.


Use your fingertips to mash the rolled oats, plain flour, brown sugar, and butter together to create the crumble, making sure to spread the butter evenly. The mixture ought to resemble tiny clusters and be thoroughly mixed.


The cooked apple should have crumble on top, which you should bake until the top is golden.


What type of apples are best for apple crumble?

You can use any type of apple you like for this recipe!
Granny Smith’s are generally considered the best apples to use for apple crumble. They don’t go as mushy as some other varieties and their tartness is the perfect contrast to the sweet brown sugar and oat crumble. Alternatively, you can use any variety of apple you like, such as Pink Lady, Jonathan, Red Delicious, Jonagold, Honeycrisp, Braeburn, Cripps Pink etc.

How do I get a REALLY crunchy crumble on top?

Nothing beats the crunchiest crumble topping!
Here’s some tips for getting it just right:
Take your butter out of the fridge a few minutes before using it (you still want it to be hard, but not so hard that you can’t work with it!)
Chop the butter into small chunks so that it’s easier to distribute.
Use your hands to ‘squish’ the butter through the rolled oats, plain flour and brown sugar.
Once the butter is evenly distributed, you’ll have little ‘clusters’ of crumble held together by the butter.
When you’re adding the crumble topping to the cooked apple, make sure you leave the little chunks as they are (don’t try and break them up too much).

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