Nutmeg In Apple Crumble


Nutmeg in apple crumble is an interesting theme, one I’d never considered before. The juxtaposition of the spice and fruit is quite charming. And it’s not just me who thinks so… One of the most unlikely combinations but surprisingly delicious. The freshness of apples and the richness of hazelnuts. The following recipe is a guaranteed success, as long as you follow it closely. None of these ingredients let alone two should be missed. I guarantee it!

Apple Crumble

This apple crumble is made with apples tossed in sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger and covered with an oat and brown sugar top. An easy fall dessert.

The perfect apple crumble. Each of us tends to carry within us—consciously or unconsciously—a terrifically precise notion of what it ought to be. Oats or just buttery floury sugary goodness. Spices permeating both the apples below and the crumble atop or just one or the other. Nuts or no nuts. Whatever apple crumble means to you, we get it. And we respect it. And we still think you ought to try this apple crumble recipe, which has captured the hearts of many, many who’ve tried it.


For the crumble topping

  • 225g plain flour
  • 50g custard powder
  • 250g cold butter , diced
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp Grape-Nuts cereal (optional)
  • 75g rolled oats (optional)

For the apples

  • 50g butter
  • 50g golden caster sugar
  • 100ml cloudy apple juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 Bramley apples , peeled, cored and chopped into chunks
  • 4 Cox’s apples , peeled, cored and sliced into 5mm thick rounds

For the sugar and spice (optional)

  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground allspice
  • 1 tbsp golden caster sugar


  • STEP 1For the topping, add all the ingredients – other than the optional extras – to a food processor with a small pinch of salt. Pulse until the mixture resembles large breadcrumbs, but do not overwork (this can also be done by hand). Now toss through the optional topping ingredients, if using, then tip into a container, cover and freeze for at least 1 hr or until needed. Can be made up to one week ahead. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. If you want a dark, crumbly topping, tip the mixture onto a baking sheet and bake for 8-10 mins until golden. Leave to cool and re-crumble, then set aside (keep the oven on).
  • STEP 2For the apples, add the butter, sugar, apple juice, cinnamon and bay to a saucepan. Boil vigorously until you have a sputtering, buttery caramel. Remove the bay and cinnamon, then throw in half the Bramley apples. Cook down to a purée, then remove from the heat and stir through the rest of the Bramley apple chunks until coated. Transfer to a baking dish.
  • STEP 3Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 (if you part-baked your topping in step 1, it should already be at this temperature). Arrange the sliced Cox’s apple over the cooked apples in an even layer. Sprinkle your choice of crumble mixture loosely and roughly over the top, then bake for 30-40 mins until the crumble has browned and the filling is bubbling at the sides (30 mins if you part-baked the crumble, but keep an eye on it). Leave to rest for 10 mins before serving. While the crumble is baking, make the optional sugar and spice blend by mixing all the ingredients with a small pinch of salt. Serve on the side to sprinkle over.

Cinnamon and Nutmeg Apple Crisp Ingredient Breakdown

Apple Crisp Filling

  • Apples: Granny Smith apples are the ideal apples to use for the recipe.
  • Ground cinnamon and nutmeg: This spice combination creates the best flavour profile for Fall recipes.
  • Dark brown sugar: Granny Smith apples are quite tart, dark brown sugar adds sweetness and a caramel flavour.

Apple Crisp Topping

  • Flour and Oatmeal: The foundation for the topping.
  • Dark brown sugar: Sweetness.
  • Ground cinnamon and nutmeg: Adds essential fall flavours.
  • Melted butter: Binds the topping together.
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How to Make Cinnamon and Nutmeg Apple Crisp

  1. Prepare the apples: Thoroughly wash the apples then core and thinly slice. About 3 large Granny Smith will fit in a 9inch round dish (2 inch depth). Once the apples are thinly sliced, toss the apples with the ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg and dark brown sugar.
  2. Prepare the apple crisp topping: In a separate bowl combine all ingredients – flour, oatmeal, dark brown sugar, both spices and melted butter. The topping will be crumbly.
  3. Put the apple crisp together: Pour the prepared apples in the 9inch round dish and sprinkle the apple crisp topping on top to cover.
  4. Bake: Bake in a 350F oven for 50-60 minutes until the apples are soft.
  5. Serve: Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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