Apple Crumble is an American and British tradition that never gets old. Since the late 19th century, people have taken those ripe colorful apples and cooked them up, in a number of ways, but Apple Crumble (also known as Apple Crisp) is among the most popular due to its sheer convenience. When the season is right, the apples are simply cored, cooked with sugar and cinnamon, topped with a streusel crust, and baked to perfection.

Most recipes for Apple Crumble aren't difficult, at all, and can be done within an hour. If the desired people could expand on the recipe by adding this or that making an even more pleasing dessert or simply served it with sauces like custard or other desserts like ice cream.

Below is a recipe that is as simple as it can be. Optionally, this Apple Crumble can be served with a lot of sides but it goes especially well with ice cream. Enjoy!

The recipe

Crumble Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cup oats
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon, ground
  • 1 2/3 sticks unsalted butter, cubed and at room temperature
  • Unsalted butter for greasing

Apple Filling Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp demerara sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon, ground
  • 4 apples
  • zest 1 lemon

The directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C. Grease a 9" casserole dish with a knob of butter. Set aside.
  2. Core two apples and slice them thinly with a knife. Shred the other two apples down to the core with a grater. Grate the skin of the lemon for the zest and set aside.
  3. Caramelize the sugar and cinnamon in a saucepan over medium-low heat. When the sugar turns brown, Add to the saucepan and stir to coat them in the sugar. Stir occasionally and let the apples saute for five minutes or until they turn soft, then reduce the heat to low.
  4. Sprinkle the zest over the apple and stir around a little. Leave it to cook over the low heat for two minutes or until it turns soft.
  5. Combine the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and softened butter in a bowl with a pastry blender or with fingertips until the crumble mix turns mealy.
  6. Sprinkle the finished crumble over the filling evenly and let it all cook until it starts bubbling.
  7. Transfer the filling to the greased casserole dish and spread evenly with a spoon. Sprinkle the crumble evenly over the filling.
  8. Bake for 45 minutes or until the crumble turns brown. Remove and cool.
  9. When it's time to serve, cut the Apple Crumble in half lengthwise, then in three widthwise. Optionally, each portion can be served with a scoop of ice cream on top.

Serves: 6