Homemade Apple Crumble


Homemade Apple Crumble is a simple dessert recipe and can be made with store cupboard ingredients that you probably already have! This delicious apple and blackberry crumble is made by layering sliced apples in cinnamon sugar, topped with blackberries and sugar before baking in the oven to a golden brown. A perfect sweet treat for fall or winter when it gets too cold to go out and pick your own fruit.


Everyone’s ALL-TIME FAVOURITE apple crumble recipe…. a sweet apple and cinnamon filling with a crunchy brown sugar and oat topping.

Absolutely NO fancy equipment required… have this winter dessert on the table in just 45 minutes and don’t forget to serve with plenty of ice-cream, cream or custard.

A spoon in a dish of golden baked apple crumble.

I’m going to let you in on a little secret… this is the easiest and best apple crumble recipe you’ll ever try.

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It’s so quick (on the table in just 45 minutes), made from just a handful of basic ingredients and requires no fancy equipment at all.

With my recipe, you’ll end up with the most delicious golden crunchy crumble made with oats and a perfectly sweet and soft apple and cinnamon 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.
A plate topped with crunchy oat crumble, stewed apples and ice-cream.


Apple crumble is incredibly budget-friendly and made from basic pantry ingredients (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.
A round baking dish filled with a crunchy golden oat topping.


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

Note: Scroll to the recipe card at the bottom for the ingredients quantities and full detailed method!


Apples, cinnamon and water in a saucepan.

Cook the apples with the water, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar and lemon juice in a saucepan until just softened. 

Pour into a lightly greased baking dish.


Oat crumble mixture in a bowl.

Make the crumble by using your fingers to squish the rolled oats, plain flour, brown sugar and butter together until all of the butter has been evenly distributed. The mixture should be completely combined and look like small clusters.


Crumbly topping spread in a white round baking dish.

Sprinkle the crumble over the top of the cooked apple and bake in the oven until golden on top.


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).

What is the difference between apple pie and apple crumble?

Apple pie has a pastry base and top with an apple filling, whereas apple crumble has an apple filling base and an oat crumble topping.

Are apple crumble, apple streusel and apple crisp the same thing?

Yes! Apple crumble is referred to as apple streusel and apple crisp in other parts of the world.

Can apple crumble be made gluten-free?

Yes! Oats are already gluten-free so all you need to do is substitute the plain flour for gluten-free plain flour for a gluten-free apple crumble.

An overhead shot of a plate of baked apple dessert served with ice-cream.


  • Make ahead of time – Apple Crumble can be prepared and cooked ahead of time. Simply reheat when ready to serve.
  • Storing – store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Freeze – freeze any leftovers for up to 3 months.
  • Reheating – place leftovers directly from the fridge into a warm oven, or alternatively microwave to reheat. Frozen leftover apple crumble can be defrosted and reheated in the microwave or a low temperature oven as well.

Homemade Apple Crumble

This easy recipe for an apple crumble is the best way to bring fresh crisp apples to the table!

In just a few simple steps (with ingredients you likely have on hand already), this delicious dessert will be ready to take to a party, picnic, or potluck.

Baked Apple in a white bowl topped with ice cream

What is a Crumble?

A crumble is fruit mixed with sweetened seasonings like cinnamon, allspice, cloves, sugar and a bit of flour or cornstarch for thickening.


This crumble topping differs from that of an apple crisp or apple cobbler.

  • Apple Cobbler is more of a cake-like or biscuit-like topping depending on the recipe.
  • Apple crisp contains oats and nuts.
  • In our family, apple crumble (as in this recipe) is made with a simple streusel topping made of butter, flour, sugars, and spices.
Apples on a cutting board to make Apple Crumble

Apples for Baking

Granny smith apples tend to hold up well to baking and we love the tart flavor. While any apple will work, some apples can become mushy or almost bake into an applesauce-like consistency.

The best apples for baking are Granny Smith, Honeycrisp or Gala.

Add berries or even pears to your apples for a great twist.

Apple crumble topping in a glass bowl with a pastry blender

How to Make Apple Crumble

Sometimes simple is best when it comes time to make dessert, especially when it takes just 3 steps!

  1. Place toppings in a bowl and cut with a pastry cutter until it begins to stick together as you mix it. Refrigerate while preparing apples.
  2. Toss apples with sugar, flour, and cinnamon in a greased casserole dish.
  3. Sprinkle topping on and bake according to recipe below.
Baked Apple in a white casserole dish on a wood board

Tips for Success

  • No pastry cutter? Just cut with two butter knives in a criss-cross motion across the topping.
  • Use cold butter in this recipe and mix the topping until it starts to stick together and form larger pieces.
  • Refrigerate the topping while prepping the apples, this helps keep it from melting and keeps it crumbly.
  • Use firm apples so they don’t lose their shape and become mushy while baking.  Overbaking can cause mushy apples.
  • Adding nuts or granola makes the crumble extra crunchy.

Citrus Apple Crumble

CATEGORY: Weekly Recipe

COOK TIME: 30 mins

citrus apple crumble

What you need:

  • 175g/6oz Odlums Porridge Oats
  • 125g/4oz Odlums Cream Plain Flour
  • 125g/4oz Shamrock Demerara Sugar
  • 125g/4oz Butter or Margarine
  • Pinch of Cinnamon (optional)
  • 450g/1lb Cooking Apples (peeled, cored and sliced)
  • 2-3 tablespoons Sugar, to sweeten
  • Rind & Juice 1 Lemon
  • Rind & Juice 1 Orange

How to:

  1. Preheat oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas 5.
  2. Put the oats, flour, sugar and cinnamon if used, into a bowl.
  3. Rub in the butter or margarine with the tips of your fingers to form a dough.
  4. Place the apples in an oven proof dish. Sprinkle over the sugar to taste.
  5. Pour over the lemon and orange juice and rinds. Sprinkle the crumble on top.
  6. Bake for approx 30 minutes. Serve hot with ice cream, cream or crème fraîche.

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