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Classic apple crumble recipe

Classic apple crumble recipe

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This spiced apple crumble recipe has been passed through many generations in the 'Birchling' family. Enjoy!

Berkshire, England, UK

10 people made this

IngredientsServes: 6

  • 3 cooking apples - peeled, cored and diced
  • 100ml water
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 125g self raising flour
  • 80g rolled oats
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 225g butter or other fat
  • 1 sprinkle demerara sugar

MethodPrep:20min ›Cook:45min ›Ready in:1hr5min

  1. Combine the apples and water in a saucepan over a medium heat. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes until the apples start to soften and form a sauce. Some of the apple pieces should remain chunky, whilst others can be smaller. Sprinkle over the cinnamon and mix together. Put the apples to one side and begin to make the crumble topping.
  2. Pre-heat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
  3. In a large mixing bowl add the flour, rolled oats and caster sugar. Mix evenly until the sugar has separated. Sprinkle in the pinch of salt.
  4. Time for the messy bit, rub together with your fingertips the dry ingredients and the fat until you have a bowl of larger clumps and smaller bits of crumble topping.
  5. In a medium size oven proof dish, add the apples to the bottom, distributing evenly. Carefully spoon over the crumble topping until all the apples are covered. Sprinkle with demerara sugar.
  6. Bake in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the crumble top is golden brown and the apples are bubbling with excitement.


This family favourite is never turned down. Serve simply on its own, or with custard, ice-cream or cream. For a healthier version pair up with fat free yoghurt. Enjoy!

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I love apple crumble. I think this is so delicious.-18 Nov 2015

Classic Apple Crisp

With all the apple recipes out there, it's amazing how difficult it is to find a good, basic apple crisp. You know, one of those recipes you're desperately seeking (along with applesauce) when you've just gone to the orchard with the kids, and they enthusiastically filled two very large bags with apples.

While this version of apple crisp may seem daunting, with a fairly long list of ingredients, many are simply optional enhancements. Basically, you're looking at apples, sugar, thickener, and a touch of spice in the filling and flour, sugar, butter, oats, and cinnamon in the topping.


  • 3 pounds whole apples, to yield 2 pounds peeled, cored, and sliced apples about 9 cups
  • 1/4 cup (57g) rum, apple cider or juice, or the liquor/juice of your choice or water
  • 1/4 to 3/4 cup (53g to 159g) brown sugar, depending on the sweetness/tartness of your apples
  • 2 tablespoons (28g) butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons (43g) boiled cider, optional but good
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Apple Pie Spice, or 1 teaspoon cinnamon + 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg + 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 3 tablespoons (21g) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour or tapioca flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (85g) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup (45g) quick-cooking oats
  • heaping 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup (142g) brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 8 tablespoons (113g) butter, cold, cut in pats
  • 1/2 cup (57g) diced pecans or walnuts, optional


Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease a 9" x 9" square cake pan, or similar-size casserole pan.

Slice the apples about 1/4" thick. Toss them with the remaining filling ingredients, and spread them in the pan.

To make the topping, whisk together the flour, oats, salt, sugar, cinnamon, and baking powder.

Add the cold butter, working it in to make an unevenly crumbly mixture. Stir in the nuts, if you're using them.

Perfect your technique

Basic is beautiful: Apple Crisp

Spread the topping over the apples in the pan.

Set the pan on a parchment- or foil-lined cookie sheet, to catch any potential drips. Bake the crisp for about 60 minutes, till it's bubbling and the top is golden brown.

Remove it from the oven, and allow it to cool for at least 20 minutes before serving. If you serve the crisp hot/warm, it may be quite soft. If you wait till it's completely cool, it'll firm up nicely. A good compromise is to wait for it to cool completely, then reheat individual portions briefly in the microwave. Vanilla ice cream is a tasty accompaniment.

Tips from our Bakers

Join King Arthur baking instructor, Libby Treadway and her son as they bake a gluten-free version of Classic Apple Crisp together from start to finish. Watch Baking Apple Crisp with Kids now.

So many apples to choose from… which variety is best for pie? For great results, pick a combination: see the details in our blog post, The very best pie apples.


  • 2 cups of Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 cup of Flour
  • 1/4 cup of Honey
  • 4 tbsps of Almond Flakes
  • 60g of Unsalted Butter
  • 4 Apples
  • 2 tbsps of Lemon Juice
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp of Cornstarch
  • Salt (For seasoning)
  • Sugar (For taste)

(Photo: JMacPherson / Flickr)

Preheat the oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C/Gas 6. Put all the apples in an ovenproof dish, add the sugar and cinnamon and mix well.

To make the topping, mix the flour and caster sugar in a bowl, then add the butter and rub it into the dry ingredients with your fingertips. The mixture should have the texture of coarse breadcrumbs. Add the flaked almonds and mix well.

Sprinkle the topping over the apples and bake the crumble in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the apples are cooked.

Serve with cream or custard.

Hairy Biker tip: You can add 50g of oats to the crumble mixture for a bit of extra chewiness.

Old-school apple crumble

Crumble was thought to originate during the 1940s in Britain as a quick and easy pudding. It uses the same ingredients as sweet pastry (flour, butter and sugar) and the method of rubbing the butter into the flour is the same but instead of bringing it together to a dough with liquid it’s just scattered over the filling and baked, keeping its short, crumbly texture.

Which apples should you use in a crumble?

Apple crumble traditionally uses Bramley cooking apples which bring a nice tartness to contrast to the sweet topping. Bramleys also cook to a lovely softness – if you want more texture in your crumble you could use a mix of cooking and eating apples as eating apples will keep their shape after cooking. The apples don’t need pre-cooking before you assemble the crumble, just peel and cut into chunks or wedges then scatter the topping and bake.

How to make a crumble topping

The basic topping mix can be adapted in lots of different ways. Try adding rolled oats or chopped walnuts, almonds or hazelnuts. Swap in demerara sugar for traditional caster for an caramelly crunchy topping or try mixing in dark chocolate chips for extra indulgence.

When making the crumble mix try to keep everything as cool as possible as you would making pastry. Use chilled diced butter straight from the fridge and if rubbing it in with your fingers, stop when you have a mix of small and large rubbly pieces – this will give your crumble extra texture. You can also tip the ingredients into a food processer then just use the pulse button until you reach the right texture.

Which spices are used in an apple crumble?

Spices are often used in both the filling and topping. The most traditional is cinnamon which goes beautifully with apple but other warming spices such as nutmeg, ground allspice, mixed spice and even ground cardamom can work really well. Start with a couple of pinches if you are experimenting then increase to your liking.

  • Author: Deborah Harroun
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 mins
  • Yield: 10 servings 1 x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American


Always a classic, this Apple Crisp Recipe is an easy dessert that is perfect every fall. Sliced apples are baked with the perfect crisp topping in this desert that is best served warm from the oven with a scoop of ice cream.


  • 10 cups peeled, cored and sliced apples
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted


  1. In a large bowl, combine the sliced apples, 1 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon flour and cinnamon. Stir to combine, and let it sit for 15-30 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Pour the apple mixture into a 9吉-inch baking dish.
  3. In another bowl, combine the oats, remaining flour, brown sugar, baking powder and baking soda. Pour the melted butter over the top and stir to evenly mix in the butter. Crumble the mixture over the top of the apple mixture.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until browned on top and the filling is bubbly, about 45 minutes.

Recipe Notes:

Nutrition information provided as an estimate only. Various brands and products can change the counts. Any nutritional information should only be used as a general guideline.


  • Serving Size: 1/10 of recipe
  • Calories: 479
  • Sugar: 30 g
  • Sodium: 70 mg
  • Fat: 14 g
  • Saturated Fat: 9 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 5 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 85 g
  • Fiber: 5 g
  • Protein: 4 g
  • Cholesterol: 36 mg

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Make apple crumble even better with a great big slosh of bourbon. You'll be all rosy-cheeked and merry after a helping of this cosy pud!

Published: February 1, 2020 at 10:25 am

Try this grown-up twist on a comforting apple crumble, or try our classic apple crumble recipe here.


  • bramley apples 1kg, peeled and cored
  • lemon 1, zested
  • golden caster sugar 150g
  • ground cinnamon ½ tsp
  • golden syrup 50g
  • sultanas or raisins 2 tbsp
  • bourbon or dark rum 100ml
  • custard or ice cream to serve


  • plain flour 225g
  • salted butter 150g, chilled and diced
  • rolled oats 75g
  • golden caster sugar 75g
  • walnuts 35g, chopped
  • demerara sugar 50g


To make the crumble, put the flour, butter and oats in a food processor, pulse to rough breadcrumbs and tip into a bowl. Stir in the golden caster sugar, walnuts and a pinch of salt.

Preheat the oven to 170C/325F/Gas 3.

Mix the cinnamon with the sugar in a bowl. Place half the apples in the ovenproof dishes and sprinkle with half of the sugar mixture. Cover with the remaining apples and add the remaining sugar and cinnamon mixture.

To make the crumble topping, place the flour and cinnamon in a large bowl and mix well, then stir in the sugar and the oats. Cut the butter into small cubes, add to the mixture and rub it in with your fingertips until the mixture is the texture of coarse breadcrumbs.

Arrange the topping over the fruit and bake the crumbles for about 40 minutes or until the topping is golden and crunchy. Serve with custard.

Traditional British Apple Crumble Recipe

TRADITIONAL BRITISH RECIPE: British puddings and desserts are the backbone of the british cuisine, but maybe, another cake should be worldwide recognize, the traditional Apple Crumble. A light crisp crumble cake, perfect topping for delicious British Apples.

To make a crumble you can use Bramley Apples, considered the best apples for cooking because of their balance between the sugar and acid. Bramleys contain more acid and less sugar than other apples, so they keep their tangy flavor when cooked. The apple crumble can, however, be made using other apples but avoid the really hard varieties such as the Granny Smith.

Skill Level: Time: 45 Minutes
Price: Serves: 6 People

450gr Bramleys Apples
( or other soft Apples )

115gr Golden Caster Sugar

1lb Bramleys Apples
( or other soft Apples )

About 5 Bramleys Apples
( or other soft Apples )

2 tablespoons Golden Caster Sugar

1.25 cup All Purpose Flour

0.5 cup Golden Caster Sugar

01 - Preheat the oven to 180C / 375F

02 - Peel, core and chop the Apples into chunky pieces, not too big nor too small and place them into a shallow baking dish, approx 23x18cm / 9x7in.

03 - Sprinkle 30gr / 1oz / 2 tablespoons of Golden Caster Sugar on top.

04 - Put Flour and Sugar in a large baking bowl.

05 - Cut the Butter into small pieces and add it to the bowl. Rub the Butter into the Flour and Sugar mixture until you have a very coarse mixture, without worrying too much about getting the mixture even.

06 - Sprinkle a good layer of Crumble topping over the Apples.

07 - Bake for about 30 minutes, or until golden. You will seen the Apples bubbling through from underneath.

08 - Remove the Cake from the oven and leave it to cool for 5 minutes before serving.

- Caster Sugar is also known as fine sugar. Golden Caster Sugar is unrefined and tends to be more golden in colour. If you can' find it, use ordinary White Caster Sugar instead.

- If you are using an electic mixter, combine all topping ingredients together and mix until you obtain a rustic blumble mixture.

- When spreading the Topping over the Apples, try to work on a depth half that of the Apples, too thick won't cook.

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The beautiful weather in NYC these past few days and downright cool nights have really brought on the feeling of autumn! So with fall in the air my first thoughts go towards delicious, warm seasonal treats: fragrant cinnamon, nutmeg and apples! I wait all year for the local NY apples to be ready to crunch, bake with and devour. A Classic Apple Crumble is a delicious way to use all those apples! Sweet, moist, so fragrant and tasty. This recipe comes together quickly. Preparing the apples is the longest part, but it's worth peeling them for the soft texture baking gives the apples. The crumble is the perfect contrast and won't get soggy like a traditional pie crust. Look for tart apples to give it a lively flavor and don't forget to top it with whipped cream!

Classic Apple Crumble
by Tiffany Ludwig

Apple Filling Ingredients
8 cups of peeled, cored and sliced tart apples (usually takes about 3 lbs of whole apples)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
pinch ground cardamom
pinch of salt
2 tablespoons corn starch

Topping Ingredients
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
1 cup traditional rolled oats
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 stick melted butter (8 tablespoons)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Apple Filling Preparation
Butter a 10" pie plate or 9" square pan (or can be equally divided between 8-10 ramekins).
Preheat oven to 375°.

In a small bowl mix sugar, corn starch, salt and spices. In a large glass bowl, combine the prepared apple slices with the lemon juice then sprinkle on the dry sugar mixture, stirring. Pour into a buttered pie plate or dish.

Topping Preparation
Mix all ingredients together and evenly cover the apple slices.

Bake 40-50 minutes, until the apples give easily when poked with a pairing knife. If the crumble is browning too quickly add foil to cover.

Allow to cool to warm before serving. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.