Old Fashioned Crumble Recipe


Old Fashioned Crumble Recipe is one of my most beloved recipes. It’s not a fancy recipe, but rather a tasty and easy one. I’ve been making this crumble recipe for over 20 years and it has always been a hit with my family and friends. My children absolutely adore it, as do the many visitors to our house. It’s really easy to make and even easier to eat!

Old Fashioned Apple Crumble

This old fashioned apple crumble is a classic dessert and for a good reason. It’s tart apples with sweet oats and brown sugar crumble topping is bound to please any crowd. I just know you’ll love this recipe as much as I do! 

Apple crumble is one of those fall desserts that I look forward to each year and never seem to get tired of. Today, I’m sharing my old fashioned apple crumble recipe.

It’s a family recipe that is written down on a piece of weathered paper, with very little details included.  You won’t find what kind of apples are recommended or what size pan to use. It was truly a recipe that was memorized and made from the heart. After many years of making this dish, I’ve gotten the ingredients and pan size just right! 

Apples & Crumble Topping

When it comes to apple crumbles I personally prefer using Granny Smith apples. The tart apples paired with the sweet topping and ice cream are perfection together, so for this recipe I would stick with the tart apple varieties. Peeling the apples allows the apples to bake evenly and creates a better, more crispy texture. 

The crumble topping is a combination of quick cooking oats, brown sugar, granulated sugar, butter and cinnamon. This topping can be made in a large bowl with a pastry cutter or in a food processor. I much prefer a couple of pulses in the food processor for the sake of time. Just note – when using the processor, be sure to leave out the oats. Once the other ingredients come to a good crumble, mix in the oats by hand. This will keep the oats in tack.


This recipe is baked in a large casserole dish. The dish that I like to use is equivalent to a 9″x13″ pan. You could certainly make this crumble in individual baking dishes. I would just recommend reducing the bake time. 


Ingredient Checklist

  • 2 ½ cups fresh or frozen fruit, such as blueberries, peaches, plums
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons whole-wheat or all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds, or pecans
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil


Instructions Checklist

  • Step 1Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Step 2Combine fruit with granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon flour and orange juice. Divide among four 6-ounce ovenproof ramekins. Combine oats, nuts, brown sugar, the remaining 2 tablespoons flour and cinnamon. Drizzle with oil and stir to combine. Sprinkle over the fruit mixture. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet.
  • Step 3Bake until the fruit is bubbling and the topping is golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Let stand for at least 10 minutes before serving.


Cut Down on Dishes: A rimmed baking sheet is great for everything from roasting to catching accidental drips and spills. For effortless cleanup and to keep your baking sheets in tip-top shape, line them with a layer of foil before each use.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving:

232 calories; protein 3g; carbohydrates 36.2g; dietary fiber 4.3g; sugars 21.1g; fat 10g; saturated fat 0.9g; vitamin a iu 61IU; vitamin c 11mg; folate 14.8mcg; calcium 12.3mg; iron 1mg; magnesium 45.2mg; potassium 151.4mg; sodium 1.1mg; thiamin 0.2mg; added sugar 11g.


1 fruit, 1 other carbohydrate, 2 fat


Peel and chop the apples into 1cm thick slices. Preheat the oven to 180°C fan bake.

In a medium saucepan, add the apples, water, half the sugar, cloves and lemon juice. Simmer over a medium heat.

Add the remaining sugar if sweetness is required. Cook for a further 5-10 minutes until the apples have softened but retain their shape. Remove from heat.

Mix together the crumble topping ingredients in a medium bowl.

Pour the apples into a baking dish then crumble over the oat mixture, breaking it up with our fingertips as you go.

Bake for 30 minutes or until crisp and golden. Serve warm with cream, custard or ice cream.


What are the best type of apples to use? Granny smith apples are perfect for this recipe. They have a lovely tart flavour that goes so well with the sweet, buttery, crumble topping.

How long will this dessert keep for? Apple crumble will keep well in the fridge for up to 24 hours. 


  • Stone fruit or berries can be added or substituted for apples. Just keep in mind you may need to adjust the amount of sugar you add depending on how sweet your fruit is. Start with half the required amount then add more if you need it.
  • Walnuts can make a lovely addition to the crumble topping.


COURSE // Dessert

CUISINE // Vegetarian

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 6


For The Filling

  • 450 g apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1cm pieces
  • 1 tablespoon plain flour, or spelt flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 50 g brown sugar, or rapadura sugar

For The Crumble

  • a pinch of salt
  • a pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 150 g plain flour, or spelt flour
  • 110 g unsalted butter, softened
  • 80 g brown sugar, or rapadura sugar


  • Preheat oven to 180°C. Butter a 9 inch ovenproof dish.

To Make The Filling

  • Place fruit in a large bowl. Sprinkle with sugar, flour and cinnamon. Mix well with a spoon and set aside while you make the crumble.

To Make The Crumble

  • Place flour, salt, nutmeg and sugar in a large bowl and mix well. Take a little butter at a time and rub into the flour and sugar mixture. Keep rubbing until all the butter is used up and the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  • Spoon fruit mixture into the bottom of the dish. Sprinkle crumble on top. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes until top is golden.
  • Serve warm with clotted cream or vanilla ice cream.


Make It Gluten-Free – To make a gluten-free version, substitute plain flour in the recipe with almond meal or hazelnut flour.

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