Crab Apple Crumble


Crab apple crumble has to be one of my favourite desserts. It’s the perfect mix of fruit and yogurt with a crumbly topping that’s just too die for! This recipe below is a variation on the classic crumble dishes, with a slight twist. Fresh crab apples are used in place of granny smith or cooking apples. Crab apples are very tart and are often used in preserving and cooking; they have a milder flavour than their sharper counterparts, which makes them perfect for cooking.

Crabapple crumble
Servings: 4
Prep time: 5 minutes

In addition to being wonderful for feeding pollinators, crabapple trees also provide excellent, tart fruit.
Crabapples, which are sourer than regular apples, balance out the sweetness of the other components to create the ideal deconstructed apple crumble. This healthy take on a traditional home recipe is ideal as a dessert in the summer or as a snack to quell a sweet tooth.
Add some homemade (or store-bought) granola on top!

 3-4 crapapples, chopped
 1 tbsp. pure maple syrup
 1 tsp. brown sugar
 ¼ tsp. each cinnamon and nutmeg
 pinch sea salt
For granola
 2 cups old-fashioned oats
 ½ cup sliced almonds
 ¼ cup margarine, melted
 ¼ tsp. cinnamon
 ½ tsp. vanilla
 ¼ cup honey
 pinch sea salt

  1. Set the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. The oats, almonds, salt, and cinnamon should all be combined in a sizable mixing basin. Melted butter or margarine, vanilla, and honey should be added. Mix thoroughly, coating everything just a little bit.
  3. On a baking sheet with parchment paper on the bottom, spread the granola out into a thin layer. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until oats begin to turn golden. Split into small pieces after allowing to cool.
  4. Chopped crab apples, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, and sea salt are combined in a small pot on the heat.
  5. For about 10 minutes, simmer until a glaze forms over the apples, then turn off the heat.
  6. Combine vanilla extract, cinnamon, and Greek yogurt.
  7. Divide among four bowls for serving.
  8. Each bowl should have a mixture of crab apples and granola. Add cinnamon and then serve.

ab Apple Pie Bars are easy to make and in abundance around July and August. Find free crab apples from friends or neighbours who have a tree.

prep time: 40 MINUTES

cook time: 50 MINUTES

additional time: 5 MINUTES

total time: 1 HOUR 35 MINUTES


  • Shortbread Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup softened unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup of all-purpose flour
  • Crab Apple Sauce Filling Ingredients
  • 6 cups of crab apples washed, cut removing any seeds but leaving the peel on
  • 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum or cornstarch mixed with 1/4 cup of cold water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • Oatmeal Topping Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cup of large grain oats
  • 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cold cubed butter
  • 1/2 cup of white or brown sugar

Get Ingredients


Preparing The Shortbread Crust

oven to 350 degrees before using.
An 8×8 inch baking pan should be greased and lined with parchment paper that drapes over the edges.

Add the butter, brown sugar, and more vanilla to a mixer, and mix for three to five minutes, or until frothy.

Slowly incorporate the dry ingredients—flour and salt—into the butter mixture.

In the baking pan with parchment paper lined on the bottom, press the buttery crust dough.

Make sure the crust is level with a spatula to ensure equal baking.

Bake for ten to fifteen minutes, or until the crust is golden.

While preparing the crab apple sauce, remove from oven to cool.

Making The Crab Apple Sauce

Add the diced crab apples with the skins on to a medium saucepan.

Add nutmeg, salt, butter, lemon juice, cinnamon, and vanilla extract.

Mix 1/4 cup cold water, xanthan gum, or corn starch in a small bowl.

Over the apples in the pot, pour the mixture and swirl to incorporate.

Over the apples, pour a further 1/4 cup of cool water.

Cook the crab apple sauce, stirring frequently, for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the apples are soft.

It should have an applesauce consistency, but if you feel like you need to add a little more water, go ahead and do that. (view images)

With a potato masher, smash the apples in the crab apple mixture after taking it off the heat.

oven to 350 degrees before using.

Making The Oat Topping

Add the large grain oats, flour and cubed cold butter into a large
bowl and mix with your fingers until you have pea-sized chunks

Putting The Crab Apple Pie Bars Together

Over the already-baked shortbread base, pour the crab-applesauce mixture.

Spread the oat mixture evenly, and then sprinkle it with crumbles.

35 to 40 minutes of baking time, or until golden brown

Take out of the oven, then allow to fully cool.

Using the sides of the parchment paper, remove the entire pan of bars once they have cooled.

Cut the cake into 20 little squares or more, as desired.


With a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a sprinkle of caramel sauce, I like to serve the crab apple pie bars.

To the crab apple pie mixture, walnuts or pecans can be added, or you can sprinkle them on top right before serving.

 Best Crab Apple Recipes

Try these crab apple recipes when you aren’t sure what to make with them!

Looking for a new way to enjoy apples? Crab apples might be the perfect solution!

. Honey-Spiced Crab Apple Syrup

Strawberries, I apologize, but you’re not the only fruit that makes an appearance in syrups. Yes, even crab apples can accomplish the task.

Apples should be combined with water, honey, cinnamon, and vanilla before being brought to a boil. A silky syrup is the end result, which you may use to top pancakes, waffles, or French toast.

12. Crab Apple Cake

Make this flaky pastry and fruity filling, which is similar to a tart, with just a few ingredients.

With a cup of coffee in the morning, this is a light and fluffy treat that fulfills your sweet craving.

13. Crab Apple Yogurt Bundt Cake

This bundt cake in the shape of a star looks like it came from a cookbook.

It will shock your tastes into a food coma and stands proud with its rose-colored hue and sour twist.

For a memorable dessert, sprinkle with powdered sugar and fresh raspberries.

14. Crab Apple Pie Bars

In these flaky, ooey apple pie bars, crab apples shine.

Admire the amazing layers that an unbelievable shortbread foundation, applesauce filling, and oatmeal topping have formed.

It’s a delicious treat for when a craving comes in the middle of the night and the ideal family baking activity.

15. Crab Apple Fritters

It’s certainly likely that I would chose these apple fritters as my swan song supper.

As I sunk my teeth into airy pastry loaded with cinnamon apple filling and sprinkled with glaze, I would experience pure bliss in my final minutes.

16. Crab Apple Bread

Sometimes I don’t feel like eating much in the morning, so a slice of bread and a cup of coffee are just enough to get me through the day.

Put his apple bread in the grill pan and get some butter.

A warm, sweet, and comforting breakfast full of almonds, candied orange slices, and crab apples will be served to you.

17. Crab Apple Raisin Muffins

I present to you the finest homemade snack in existence. These tasty treats are spongy and simple to store and freeze.

These apple raisin muffins will prevent you from having to pay for refreshments at the lake or a theme park.

18. Crab Apple Hot Pepper Jelly


An early-morning slice of bread and a cup of coffee can satisfy my hunger sufficiently for me to get through the day.

Get some butter and place his apple toast in the grill pan.

You will be served a hearty, sweet, and cozy breakfast that is packed with almonds, candied orange slices, and crab apples.

19. Crab Apple Pie

This is one that we wouldn’t leave off the list!

This pie, which is deep-dish cooked, is substantial and not for the weak of heart.

Brown sugar is used both in the dough and the filling to create a madly irresistible delicacy that may require two spoons.

20. Crab Apple Strawberry Tart

Okay, I made a few crude remarks earlier about strawberries, but that is now definitely history.

This dish takes pride in the doughy, crispy crust that encircles the open fruit tart core, which is decorated with sliced almonds, crab apples, and strawberries.

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