Classic Apple Crumble! This heartwarming family favourite is filled with a cinnamon spiced apple mixture as the base. It’s topped with a golden crumble infused with nutmeg and more cinnamon. Serve and enjoy your apple crumble with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream!
This classic dessert is wonderful to serve after dinner and warmed up! Also great to make and serve for a family gathering that everyone can enjoy. This recipe is so simple to make and if you’re familiar with stewed apples, you already know how to make the filling. It’s spiced with a touch of ground cinnamon which will all know is the perfect pairing to stewed apples. That nostalgic aroma of cinnamon apples is the epitome of home.
Classic Apple Crumble Ingredients
Let’s look at the ingredients for this apple crumble. If apples are in season, this is a nice recipe to use them up or if you have them on hand and you have no idea what to do with them, apple crumble is always a winner, especially in the colder seasons.
- Apples – I use beautiful pink lady apples!
- Granulated sugar
- Vanilla extract
- Ground cinnamon
All you need is these 5-ingredients to create your delicious apple filling. I use pink lady apples but you can really use any apples!
The crumble topping:
- Plain all purpose flour
- Rolled oats
- Light brown sugar
- Baking powder
- Ground cinnamon
- Ground nutmeg
- Unsalted butter
These are classic crumble ingredients and let me tell you, making crumble is so EASY! Does anyone else ever think crumble just looks too hard to make? Well I’m here to tell you that it’s not, in fact it’s easier than the stewed apple filling. You’ll love just how easy it is to make this dessert. Speaking of which, let’s discuss just how straightforward this recipe method is.
How to Make Classic Apple Crumble
Stewed apple filling
- First up you want to peel and slice your apples into cubes. I have shared a photo of the size and cut of my apples in the pot. Remember to remove. The core + seeds!
- Add your sliced apples into a medium sized pot. Add remaining ingredients which is the sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and water. Give it mix to combine everything.
- Place your apple mixture over a medium-high heat and allow the water to come to a simmer, it doesn’t have to come to a full boil. You will then stew your apples over medium-low heat to keep it at a simmer. Gently mix it occasionally and cooking your apples will take between 5-8 minutes, not long at all! You don’t want to completely stew your apples and turn them to mush. They just need to be softened/fork tender. This is because they’ll continue to cook and soften in the oven later on.
- Pour your cooked apples into a greased pie pan. One with a scalloped edge adds extra style and is oh so pretty for apple crumble 😉
Golden crumble topping
- Simply add all the dry crumble ingredients into a medium sized mixing bowl. Give it a mix!
- Melt your butter and then pour it over your dry mix then using a wooden spoon or spatula, stir until it’s well combined. Whilst you’re mixing, it will turn into a crumble without you having to get in. There with your hands, magic right?!
- Sprinkle your delicious golden crumble over your apple filling – yum!
- Bake in your pre-heated oven for 35-40 minutes until the topping has turned golden all over and the apple filling is bubbling away. Remove from oven and allow it to cool slightly for a few moments.
Now your crumble is ready, yay! I highly recommend serving your apple crumble warm, shortly after coming out of the oven, that’s the best time right? Or if you’re making yours in advance, you can warm it back up in the oven or take out the portion you need and only warm that up. Add a scoop or two of vanilla ice-cream and enjoy. You don’t have to add the ice-cream but it’s a wonderful addition. You can choose dairy free ice-cream too if desired.
Hope you enjoy this recipe, it’s an absolute classic and a great dessert recipe to make on the regular. Sam xPrint
This heartwarming family favourite is filled with a cinnamon spiced apple mixture as the base. It’s topped with a golden crumble infused with nutmeg and more cinnamon. Serve and enjoy your apple crumble with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream!
- Apple Filling
- 6 medium-large (900g) apples, peeled, core removed and cut into small-medium cubes, I use pink lady apples
- 2 Tbsp (30g) raw or white granulated sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup (125ml) water
- Crumble Topping
- 1 1/2 cups (225g) plain all purpose flour
- 1 cup (100g) rolled oats
- 1/2 cup (80g) packed light brown sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
- 200g unsalted butter, melted
- Vanilla ice-cream scoops, to serve
- Apple Filling
- Preheat oven to 180ºC (350ºF). Grease a 10-inch round pie dish with butter and set aside.
- In a medium sized pot, add chopped apples, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and water (refer to above image of the cut and size of my apples).
- Place over a medium heat and mix to combine well. Bring liquid to a simmer, whilst stirring.
- Once bubbling, keep apples at a simmer over medium-low heat and cook for 5-8 minutes until apples have softened and they’re fork tender, mixing occasionally so they don’t stick to the base.
- Once apples are cooked, remove from heat and pour mixture into greased dish. Set aside.
- Crumble Topping
- In a large mixing bowl, add flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix until well combined.
- Pour over melted butter and mix with a wooden spoon or spatula until it forms a crumbly dough. You can also use your hands for this step.
- Sprinkle crumble over apple filling.
- Place in oven and bake for 35-40 minutes or until crumble is golden all over and filling is bubbling.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.
- Serve warm with scoops of vanilla ice-cream! Or allow to completely cool and warm up later in the oven.
- To store, allow crumble to cool completely in dish then cover and seal with foil or plastic wrap. Keep refrigerated for 1-2 days. Or transfer to an airtight container, refrigerated, for 3-4 days.