Best Apple Crumble

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Best Apple Crumble and tastiest recipe, made right in the dish. This crumble is super easy to make and sure to be a favorite with the family. This is the easiest apple crumble recipe I have ever found. It’s perfect for impressing friends and family, especially if you’ve never made it before.

If you’re looking for that delicious sticky toffee effect, a sticky toffee pudding then head over here for a classic apple crumble recipe. In this article we have a simple apple crumble recipe for you with the health benefits of eating apples as a bonus.

Classic Apple Crumble Recipe

  • VEGETARIAN

“The humblest crumble ever, I’m mixing this one up with eating apples as well as the classic Bramley. So homely, so simple and so delicious – you’re going to love it. ”

SERVES 8

COOKS IN 50 MINUTES

DIFFICULTY – NOT TOO TRICKY

NUTRITION PER SERVING
  • Calories 23312%
  • Fat 5.9g8%
  • Saturates 3.4g17%
  • Sugars 36.6g41%
  • Salt 0g0%
  • Protein 1.8g4%
  • Carbs 46.1g18%
  • Fibre 3.6g-

Ingredients

  • 1.5 kg mixed apples , (I like to use half Bramley)
  • 150 g golden caster sugar
  • 1 lemon
  • 50 g unsalted butter , (cold)
  • 100 g plain flour

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas 6.
  2. Peel and core the apples, then quarter and chop into 3cm chunks.
  3. Place in a saucepan on a medium heat with 100g of sugar and a few fine gratings of lemon zest.
  4. Pop the lid on and cook for 5 minutes, or until the apples have softened. Remove the heat and leave to cool a little.
  5. Meanwhile, cube the butter and place in a mixing bowl with the flour. Rub together with your fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs, then scrunch in the remaining sugar to add a little texture.
  6. Transfer the apples to a 25cm x 30cm baking dish and sprinkle over the crumble topping.
  7. Bake in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden and bubbling. Delicious served with vanilla custard.

Tips

EASY SWAPS
– Ripe pears are fantastic in place of the apples. Simply peel, core and cut into chunks.
– If you don’t have a lemon to hand, use orange or lime zest instead.
– You could add rolled oats for a lovely golden topping.

TO SERVE
– Enjoy with custard, a dollop of low-fat Greek-style yoghurt, a scoop of ice cream, or 1 tablespoon of low-fat crème fraîche with a grating of lemon zest.

Best Apple Crumble

  • PREPARATION Best Apple Crumble – 30 MIN
  • COOKING – 50 MIN
  • SERVINGS – 1
  • MAKES – 10 SERVINGS

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb (450 g) Cortland apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 1 lb (450 g) McIntosh apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 cup (210 g) brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1/2 cup (115 g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup (75 g) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (50 g) quick oats
  • 1/4 cup (25 g) rolled oats
  • 1/8 tsp salt

PREPARATION

  1. With the rack in the middle position, preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Butter an 8-inch (20 cm) square baking dish.
  2. In a bowl, mix the two types of apples with 1/2 cup (105 g) of the brown sugar and place in the baking dish.
  3. In the same bowl, mix the remaining brown sugar with the butter, flour, both types of oats and salt and combine until the mixture holds together when pressed. Cover the apples with the crumble.
  4. Bake for 50 minutes or until the crumble is golden and crisp and the apples are tender. Let cool 1 hour before serving.

Simple Apple Crumble Recipe

Feast your eyes on this delicious apple crumble with warm spices and a crunchy buttery topping. Sauteing the apples before baking speeds up the cooking time and creates a fantastic caramelized flavor.

spoon full of apple crumble

A freshly baked apple crumble is the perfect dessert for sharing, and it’s easy to make. When there’s not enough time to construct a classicapple pie, this sweet treat is a quicker alternative that delivers similar warm fruit flavors and a crunchy crust. The glazed caramel slices and buttery, crumbly topping go great with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.

One of the biggest challenges with crumbles is thoroughly cooking the apple filling while achieving a dry, crisp surface. Don’t worry. I have a simple solution! Pre-cooking the fruit on the stovetop concentrates the juices before baking. This process also cuts down on bake time and gives less moisture for the flour crumble to absorb. The result is tender fruit and an extra crunchy top.

Apple selection Apple Crumble

When the fall season hits, grab a batch of Honeycrisp apples. Their fruit is sweet and tart yet balanced in flavor. Their juicy flesh is also sturdy enough for cooking and doesn’t fall apart like mealy red apples. You can use other types of apples like Fuji, McIntosh, Braeburn, or Golden Delicious if you want a sweeter filling. I would only use Granny Smith apples with a mix of other sweeter varieties for a more tart flavor.

Pre-cook the apples

I prefer to pre-cook the apples on the stovetop instead of guessing if they thoroughly soften during baking. This sauteing process allows you to see the juices release and concentrate. Slice them into ½-inch thick pieces. They will reduce by about half in volume.

Toss them with warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, lemon juice and zest, brown and granulated sugar for a balanced taste. I add a small amount of flour to create a thick syrup-like glaze, but you can omit this for a thinner consistency. When sauteing, don’t let the apples turn entirely mushy as they will finish cooking in the oven. 

bowl of dry ingredients
Mix dry ingredients

Make a crumble topping

Compared to rolling out a pie crust, a crumble topping is fast and straightforward to prepare. Just combine all-purpose flour with the dried ingredients first. A combination of dark brown sugar and granulated sugar adds sweetness, with some molasses for a deeper caramel note. Salt and cinnamon prevent the flour mixture from tasting bland.

My secret ingredient for a super crunchy texture is to add baking powder. The leavening agent slightly puffs up the topping, creating a more hollow, snappy bite. I also add melted butter instead of cold butter to hydrate the flour and bind the topping ingredients together. This technique develops more aromatic flavor compounds that taste like butterscotch, similar to making browned butter. It tastes like cinnamon graham crackers, so delicious!

Baking tips

The topping will be clumpy. You’ll need to break it into various pieces about the size of a dime. Sprinkle it evenly on top to cover the pre-cooked apples. Bake at 375ºF (191ºC) to cook the topping and further tenderize the fruit. The flour and sugars will harden and turn golden brown. The caramel flavors developed in the crust complement the cinnamon apple filling. 

The dessert tastes better when cooled for at least 30 to 45 minutes if you can be patient. Resting gives the butter and sugars in the topping time to cool and harden. It also allows the sauce to thicken up into a syrupy glaze over the fruit. 

Serve this with

  • à la mode with vanilla ice cream
  • No-churn ice cream
  • Homemade whipped cream
  • Caramel sauce
freshly baked apple crumble in a white baking dish

Apple Crumble

This apple crumble recipe is easier than pie, but it’s just as delicious. An oat-y, nutty topping covers a thick layer of warmly spiced fall apples.

Apple crumble

So if you have a surplus of apples from a trip to an orchard, a farmers market, or the store, I hope you try this apple crumble recipe! It takes just over 30 minutes to make, it calls for basic ingredients that you likely have on hand already, and it tastes amazing. The crumbly topping offers a delicious crisp contrast to the tender, juicy apples, and warm flavor from spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger fills every bite. Finished with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream, it’s the perfect fall dessert.

Flour, walnuts, oats, cinnamon, brown sugar, and salt in bowls

Apple Crumble Recipe Ingredients

This apple crumble recipe has the all sweet, decadent flavor you want in a fall dessert, but it’s actually fairly healthy. For starters, I go light on the sugar, letting the flavorful apples supply much of the sweetness on their own. And instead of relying on butter and flour to create the crumble topping, I use this combination of wholesome ingredients:

  • All-purpose flour and almond flour – The almond flour adds extra richness to the topping, while the all-purpose flour keeps it light and crisp.
  • Whole rolled oats – Because to me, nothing says fall like oats, nuts, and apples.
  • Walnuts – For crunch! I also love their rich, nutty flavor after they toast in the oven.
  • Brown sugar – For sweetness.
  • Cinnamon – It gives the topping a warm, spiced flavor.
  • Melted coconut oil – It adds richness and moisture to the topping, and it makes this recipe totally vegan and dairy-free!
  • And sea salt – To make all the flavors pop!

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

Apple crumble recipe ingredients

So you know what’s in the crumble topping…let’s talk about the apple filling! Here’s what you’ll need to make it:

  • Apples! Make sure you peel them before you start to cook. Though I’m usually all for leaving fruits and veggies un-peeled, I find that this apple crumble recipe has the best texture when it’s made with peeled apples.
  • Cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger – They fill the tender apples with warm, spiced flavor.
  • Apple cider vinegar – For pop! It offsets the sweetness of the apples and topping, giving this apple crumble a delicious balance of sweet and tart flavors.
  • And sea salt – Don’t skip it! It highlights the rich, nutty, sweet, and spiced flavors in this recipe.

Again, see below for the complete recipe.

How to Make Apple Crumble

Ready to bake? Here’s what you need to do:

First, cook the apples. In this recipe, I cook the apples on the stove before they bake. That way, they become completely tender in the time it takes for the topping to turn golden brown in the oven. Add the diced, peeled apples, vinegar, and 2 tablespoons water to a medium saucepan over low heat, and cook, covered, for about 15 minutes, or until the apples are tender. Stir them fairly often – you don’t want them to burn! Then, mix in the spices, and turn off the heat.

Meanwhile, make the topping. In a food processor, pulse together the flours, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, walnuts, coconut oil, and salt. If needed, add up to a teaspoon of water to help the mixture start to crumble and form clumps.

Finally, assemble and bake! Scoop the apple filling into a greased 8×8 baking dish, and sprinkle it with the crumble. Bake at 400° for 18-22 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown and crisp. Enjoy!

Best Apple Crumble Recipe Tips

  • Choose good baking apples. Different apple varieties are good for different things – snacking, salads, turning into sauce. For this recipe, you’ll need excellent baking apples. They should have a firm texture and hold their shape when cooked. Some of my favorite types of apples for baking include Honeycrisp, Gala, Pink Lady, and Granny Smith apples. Choose just one, or use a mix!
  • If the topping’s not coming together, add a little water at a time until it does. The crumble topping here is, well, crumbly, but it should still clump together when pinched. If it’s too powdery after you pulse it together, add water, 1/2 teaspoon at a time, until it’s slightly moist and small clumps begin to form. Careful, though. Don’t add too much water, or the crumble will quickly form a wet, sticky paste.
  • Don’t forget the vanilla ice cream. You could easily enjoy a bowl (or two) of this easy apple crumble on its own, but it’s even better with vanilla ice cream on top! I love the way the rich ice cream contrasts with the sweet, nutty crumble and juicy fruit. If ice cream’s not your thing, you can still pair this apple crumble recipe with a creamy topping. Regular whipped cream or coconut whipped cream would both be fantastic.

Health Benefits of Eating Apples

1. Good for Diabetics and Blood Sugar regulation

According to the book ‘Healing Foods’ by DK Publishing, the fructose (a class of sugar) and antioxidant polyphenols in apples improve the metabolic balance and slow the rate at which sugar is absorbed in the body. This property of apples is especially effective for diabetics, who have to keep their blood sugar spike in check. Experts have also suggested that apples lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes because of a class of antioxidants called Anthocyanin, that is also responsible for red, purple and blue colors in fruits and veggies.

Apples improve the metabolic balance and slow the rate at which sugar is absorbed in the body.

2.Aids Weight Loss

Pectin fibre helps lower the body’s absorption of excess dietary fats.The rich quantum of fiber found in apples also helps you feeling full for longer. Bangalore based nutritionist Dr. Anju Sood says, “Fibre takes the longest to digest, which helps you keep satiated and prevents you from binging on other fattening and sugar laden foods. In the long run, this aids in weight loss.”

3. Enables Smoother Digestion

A number of health benefits of apples are derived from the wonder fibre pectin it contains. This soluble fibre works wonders for your digestion. Pectin a form of soluble fiber, draws water from your digestive tract and forms a gel, helping to slow digestion and pushing stool through your intestines. Apples also contain malic acid, which is again a useful digestive aid.


4.Helps Relieve Constipation and Diarrhoea

The high concentration of pectin fibre not only aids digestion but also regulates smoother bowel movements. According to the book ‘Healing Foods’, “Pectin has an amphoteric action. Paradoxically, it can prove relief from both constipation and diarrhoea depending on body’s needs.”

5.Protecting bones

Apples are also effective in strengthening bones and can play a crucial part in overall bone health. A certain flavonoid phlorizin, found in apple skin, may help prevent bone loss associated with menopause, as it fights the inflammation and free radical production that leads to bone degeneration.

6.Reduces Cholesterol

Pectin fibre and other constituents, such as antioxidant polyphenols have been linked to reducing the levels of “unhealthy”(LDL) cholesterol, and slow down its oxidation. This further helps reduce the risk of hardening of arteries, damaging heart muscles and blood vessels. 

7.Boost Brain Power

Apples have also been linked to enhancing brain power. Apples up the acetylcholine production, which helps build a stronger communication between nerve cells and brain that further improve your memory and lower your chances of developing Alzheimer’s. This benefit stands true in case of homemade apple juice without any additives, and not in case of store-bought juices. 


8.For a Brighter Smile and Stronger Gums

Apples a great source of water and fiber that act as cleansing agents. It contains malic acid that boosts saliva production, hence removing bacteria from the mouth. They are also packed with vitamin and minerals that promote healthy teeth. The fibrous texture of apples also helps improving the health of your gums.

FAQ

What is the difference between apple crisp and apple crumble?

They both have similar fruit bases and streusel-style toppings made from flour, butter, and sugar. The difference is that an apple crisp typically contains oats, while a crumble is just flour. Variations can be made in each, often adding chopped nuts for extra crunch.

What is crumble topping made of?

Typically all-purpose flour, sweeteners like brown sugar and granulated sugar, and melted butter to make it very crunchy.

How do you know when a crumble is done?

The topping should be dry to the touch and golden brown. The apple filling will soften and bubble on the edges of the baking pan.

What’s the best apple for baking?

Apples that hold their structure when cooked. For a sweeter and tart balance, use Honeycrisp, Fuji, McIntosh, or Braeburn. Use Granny Smith apples for a more tart flavor.

Does apple crumble need to be refrigerated?

Yes, since the crumble contains fresh fruit, refrigerate after cooling completely. The humidity will cause the topping to pick up moisture, so it’s best to eat within two days. Reheating in the oven at 350-degrees will help dry the surface and make it crunchy again.

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