A delicious rich apple crumble with caramelised cinnamon apples and a sweet & buttery topping. Serve warm, it is a most comforting and satisfying dessert.
This apple crumble, baked with the seasons juicy tasty apples is the ultimate winter comfort dessert. Spiced stewed apples are topped with a crispy slightly sweet crumble.
Why this apple crumble is so good
The apples are stewed with cinnamon and sugar till they become soft and sticky yet slightly tart, while the crumble topping is sweet and buttery.
It is a delightful combination of flavours and textures and the aroma of freshly baked apple crumble is absolutely heavenly!
Your questions answered
The difference between an apple crumble and crisp is the topping. While a crumble is usually made using flour, butter and sugar, a crisp has a slight bite to it with something crunchy like oats or nuts.
Granny Smiths as they are not too sweet and have a delicious tart flavour. Gala or Braeburn are good alternatives as they are easily available, keep their shape well during baking rather than turning into applesauce.
How to make it
- Start by combining the apples with ¼ cup caster sugar, 1 tablespoon butter, cinnamon, clove, in a medium saucepan. Cover and cook for 15 minutes till the apples are soft.
- Meanwhile, prepare the topping by mixing together the flour, brown sugar, white sugar, in a medium bowl. Rub in the softened butter to make a crumb.
- Once apples are done, transfer to a baking dish.
- Sprinkle the crumb topping over the apples and smooth down to ensure it cooks evenly.
- Bake at 170℃/340℉ (fan oven) for 30 minutes till bubbling and the topping turns golden.
How to serve it
Apple crumble is delicious served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or custard.
Can I make it in advance?
Apple crumble tastes even better when made the day before, as the flavours have had a chance to come together.
How to store it
Cover the apple crumble and store in the fridge for up to 3 days. Bring to room temperature, or cover and heat before serving.
Can you freeze apple crumble?
Baked or unbaked apple crumble can be frozen for up to 3 months.
Allow the crumble to cool to room temperature before wrapping in plastic wrap, sealing it well so it doesn’t dry out in the freezer.
Defrost in the fridge overnight or on the counter, reheating before serving.
About the equipment
I attended the Tala Baking Competition at Divertimenti in Knightsbridge, where Tala very kindly gave me some items from their current Indigo and Ivory range to use in my kitchen, a couple of which I enjoyed using to make this Easy Apple Crumble.
Check out Tala’s Choux Pastry Swans recipe from the baking competition.
Tala measuring cup
Tala came up with this design in the 1920’s and it is still one of their best sellers today. If you too, enjoy cooking a wide variety of dishes, this measuring cup is incredibly useful in the kitchen.
The cup is calibrated for both Imperial and Metric measurements. I had no idea there was a difference between an American and British cup! (The difference is actually quite slight, so whichever you use to make the recipe should not affect the dish).
It also shows measurements for various ingredients such as lentils, ground almonds and Arborio rice, so you will not need to keep reaching for the kitchen scales.
Made of metal it is lightweight, easy to store and will last for years. Just a word of caution, do not keep liquids in it for a long period of time as it is not watertight and may leak.
Enamelled baking tray
This baking tray is heavy, which means good heat distribution. Made of 1.2mm pressed steel, it is triple enamelled, with a powdered glass coating making it super durable to withstand high temperatures, prevent discolouration and ideal for long term use (it should last forever!).
I also love that it is very easy to clean, which makes it perfect for sticky bakes such as this one!
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Easy Apple Crumble
- 8 large apples peeled and cut into thin small chunks
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ cup caster sugar
- 1 tablespoon butter
For the crumble
- 1 cup plain flour
- 2 tablespoons caster sugar
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- ⅔ cup butter slightly softened
- Preheat oven to 340℉/170℃. In a medium saucepan , combine the apples, ¼ cup sugar, 1 tablespoon butter, and cinnamon and turn heat to medium. Cook for 15 minutes till apples are soft.
- Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the brown sugar, white sugar and flour.
- Rub the butter into the ingredients to make the crumb topping.
- Transfer the apples to a baking dish.
- Sprinkle the topping over the apples and level so it cooks uniformly.
- Bake for 25-30 mins till golden brown and bubbling.
- Allow to sit for a few minutes before serving. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.