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There’s nothing like a bit of crumble to follow on from a good Sunday lunch. Apple crumble is the perfect dessert to have with custard or cream. It’s easy to make and here’s my recipe for you…
Individual Apple Crumbles
If you’re looking for an easy no-fuss apple dessert, try these 7 ingredient individual apple crumbles. Prep is uncomplicated and quick and as long as you have oven-safe ramekins, the crumbles bake in just over 30 minutes. Enjoy warm from the oven and feel free to serve with vanilla ice cream and salted caramel on top. See below for the best apple varieties to use!
For the past few years, I’ve been serving individual desserts from time to time and this includes s’mores chocolate mousse, crème brûlée, upside down key lime pies, and mini pound cakes. (Not just cookies or other handheld treats– specialty desserts just individually portioned.) The general response is usually something along the lines of “what a fun dessert!” or “great portion control!” The novelty of having your own dessert is always appreciated. And since they’re smaller, individual desserts usually bake and cool quicker. A win all around!
Tell Me About These Individual Apple Crumbles
- Texture: Each spoonful is altogether juicy, gooey, soft, and crisp. This medley of textures is especially present if you stick with firm, crisp apples. Granny Smiths & Honeycrisps are my preferred choices for this recipe and I list a few others below.
- Flavor: Have you ever tried this apple crumble pie before? We’re essentially making the same thing only skipping the pie crust. Warm cinnamon apples and buttery brown sugar crumble come together in every single bite. And while the crumbles bake, you can make a batch of salted caramel for garnish.
- Ease: This is a beginner baking recipe because there’s nothing complicated involved. If you have little baking assistants by your side, they love to help put the apples in the dishes and sprinkle on the crumble topping.
- Time: Set aside about 20 minutes to prep and assemble the crumbles, plus another 35 minutes for baking. Serve and enjoy right from the oven!
This recipe does not have any eggs, so it joins many others in the naturally egg-free baking recipes category. If you need another suggestion, these baked apples are egg-free as well.
Here’s Exactly What You Need
Oven-Safe 6 Ounce Ramekins: Bake these mini apple crumbles in individual oven-safe ramekins. I used these (affiliate link) 6 ounce oven-safe ramekins. They’re a convenient size to have in your kitchen because you can use them for snacks, ingredient prep, and for other individual desserts including chocolate soufflé, chocolate fudge cakes, chocolate lava cakes, upside down key lime pies, and lemon pudding cakes. Functional AND multipurpose!
Just 7 Ingredients:
- Butter: Use butter for greasing the ramekins and in the topping.
- Apples: You need 3 large apples for this recipe. Firmer apples are ideal for baking, so avoid soft, mealy, and/or mushy apples. (Same tip I recommend for peaches when making peach pie.) Here are my top choices and what I recommend for these apple crumbles: Granny Smith, Jazz, Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, and Fuji. You can skip peeling the apples if you’d like, but many prefer peeled apples in desserts. I use and love (affiliate link) this OXO peeler.
- Brown Sugar: You need brown sugar for the apples and for the topping.
- Cinnamon: Cinnamon goes into both layers as well.
- Nutmeg: Nutmeg adds extra flavors to the apples.
- Flour: Flour is the main ingredient in the crumble topping.
- Salt: A tiny pinch of salt adds balance to the topping.
3 Success Tips for Baking Mini Apple Crumbles
- Do Not Cut Apples Too Thin: Many apple recipes call for apple slices, but that shape/size is not ideal in these individual crumbles. Cut the apples into chunks so you can fit plenty into each ramekin. 1-inch chunks that are between 1/4 and 1/2 inch thick are ideal for these apple crumbles. (Same size I recommend for apple crisp.)
- Don’t Over-Mix the Crumble Topping: If you over-mix the butter into the dry ingredients, the crumble topping won’t be crumbly anymore– it will be paste.
- Bake On a Baking Sheet: A baking sheet makes it easy to transfer the ramekins to and from the oven. It also catches any crumbles that may topple over.
Apple Crumble for One
A delicious and easy apple crumble perfect for one portion
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Keyword: Apple crumble, Small batch
- Chopping board
- Small oven proof dish
- 1 Apple, peeled and cut into small slices
- 1 tbsp Water
- 0.5 tsp Cinnamon
- 1 tbsp Jam
- 2 tbsp Plain flour
- 2 tbsp Oats
- 1 tbsp Cold cubed butter
- 1 tbsp Brown sugar
- Pre heat your oven to 190c.
- Add your apple slices to a bowl with water, cinnamon and jam and stir to combine. Add the apple mix into a little heat proof dish.
- In a bowl add the flour, oats and cold cubed butter. Rub the mixture together with clean hands until a large crumb forms. Next add the brown sugar and stir to combine.
- Top the apple with the crumble mix and then bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
What to cook your apple crumble in
Of course with small batch cooking you will need a much smaller receptacle to cook in. You can use anything that is heat proof to be honest. Whether that’s a little dish, a large ramekin… you could even use a mug if you wanted to!
I made use of my adorable little Le Creuset pot which is absolutely perfect for this kind of dessert for one. They’re so cute and add a nice cosy rustic touch when enjoying your crumble. My Le Creuset pot is in Volcanic Orange.
What kind of apples to use
I’m going to start by saying that I detest cooking apples. I have no idea why such horrible sour apples are traditionally suggested for using in recipes… let alone desserts! I much prefer the natural sweetness of a regular eating apple, and that way you don’t need to go adding loads of sugar to balance the flavours. I don’t add any sugar to the apple mix of this crumble. Plus, an apple crumble for one recipe needs to be easy, so let’s use readily available ingredients.
NDIVIDUAL APPLE CRISP
Individual apple crisp is the perfect fall dessert served in single-sized portions. I mean, is there anything more satisfying after a long day than a warm homemade dessert, fresh from the oven, with a big scoop of ice cream on top? I can’t think of much. Plus, this delicious, sweet, and tart small batch apple crisp is so easy and quick to prep that you could even make this on a weeknight. Get it in the oven right before you sit down for dinner, and enjoy the most delicious apple crisp you’ve ever had as soon as you’re done. It’s so so good.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE INDIVIDUAL APPLE CRISP
- They are perfectly portioned out for one. Unlike traditional apple crisp which is made in a large dish that everyone can take a scoop out of, this apple crisp is perfectly portioned out and baked in little ramekins which means that no one has to share! Enjoy single-sized servings and get all the good crunchy corners of crumble all to yourselves.
- The best crumble topping. The apples get soft and tender, but the star of the show is the crumble on top. It’s made with rolled oats, brown sugar, and plenty of cinnamon — a total crowd pleaser, and so crave-worthy.
- A lazy apple pie. Homemade Apple Pie takes much more effort to prepare since you have to also prepare the pie dough. These individual apple crisp has all the same flavors of apple pie, but with much less effort.
INGREDIENTS AND EQUIPMENT
To make these easy and delicious individual apple crisp, you will need the following ingredients (full quantities in recipe card below):
- apples – I used Gala apples, but any kind of apples work.
- sugar – you need granulated sugar for the filling and brown sugar for the topping. You can also use brown sugar in both parts if you prefer.
- lemon juice
- all-purpose flour
- old fashioned rolled oats
- vanilla ice cream – vanilla ice cream is optional (but highly recommended!), for serving.
You will also need measuring cups and spoons, mixing bowls, and 6 oz. ramekins (or a 9-inch pie dish).
HOW TO MAKE THE BEST INDIVIDUAL APPLE CRISP
- Prep. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease 5 to 6 small 6-oz. ramekins (or 1 regular size 9-inch pie dish) with non-stick baking spray.
- Make the apple filling. In a large mixing bowl, combine apples, sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, and salt, and stir to combine. Divide apple mixture evenly between the ramekins (or pour into single pie dish).
- Make the oat topping. In a separate medium mixing bowl, combine flour, rolled oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Pour in melted butter, and stir with a spatula until a crumbly mixture forms. Cover as much of the apples as you’d like with the topping.
- Bake and serve. Bake for 40-45 minutes. The apples should be tender and crumb topping should be crisp and golden-brown. Top the warm apple crisps with your favourite flavour of ice cream (mine is vanilla ice cream) and grab the largest spoon you can find. Can’t wait to make these again… and again!
RECIPE TIPS AND TRICKS
- How to serve: Top individual apple crisp with a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream, a drizzle of Salted Caramel, and/or Candied Pecans.
- How to store: Apple crisp is best served fresh. If you have any leftovers, store them in the ramekins, covered tightly in plastic cling wrap and store in the refrigerator for up to one week.
- How to reheat: Reheat in the same ramekins in a 350F preheated oven for 10-20 minutes until warmed through, or air fryer for 5-10 minutes.