This Basic Apple Crumble Recipe with soft baked apples and cinnamon topped with a crunchy biscuity crumble will warm you up from the inside out. This nourishing English dessert (also known as Apple Crisp) is so deliciously easy to prepare, especially with the help of Table of Plenty’s new Pink Lady Apple & Almond Muesli.
When Sarah first handed me this freshly baked Apple Crumble to hold, still warm and toasty from the oven, I distinctly remember my two first thoughts:
“Oh my… It smells like a cookie. Like a giant crumbly cookie.”
“I could probably eat this for breakfast.”
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Here in Adelaide, the weather is turning once again and it seems we’re officially starting to leave summer behind. The rain is falling outside our window, and the night greets us earlier each day.
We can almost feel the season turning in our very bones…
(and stomachs, now that I think about it).
And lately, we’ve found ourselves daydreaming about hearty winter stews and sweetly warming desserts that we tend to
avoid (secretly crave) over summer.
This time of year is full of public holidays in Australia, which means lots of time spent with family and friends, lingering over long lunches and dinners, happy smiles and glasses of wine in hand.
Which means this basic apple crumble recipe fits in rather nicely. 😉
When you’re looking for something quick and easy to make for dessert, that’s full of simple, healthy ingredients (and yes – a dash of sugar 😉), that’s guaranteed to satisfy a table full of guests… this rustic apple crumble recipe has you covered.
There’s only one downside – it definitely won’t last until breakfast!
How to Make Your Basic Apple Crumble Recipe
Today’s apple crumble reaches back to origins in England. It first became popular in World War II when food rations forced people to be extra creative with the ingredients they had on hand. And when, no doubt, people were in need of warmth and comfort.
Nowadays it’s still just as popular because, while it’s super simple to prepare, it still brings all that wonderful nourishing warmth, just like a big hug from nan.
All you need to master this basic apple crumble recipe is a handful of ingredients, and a little know-how.
Luscious Apple Filling
For this apple crumble recipe we recommend using Granny Smith apples because they are both sweet and tart – perfect for apple crumble! However, you really can use any apples you like.
But if you’re keen to mix things up, you could always substitute the apple with other fruits or even mix a few together. Some of the more common alternatives are:
- Blackberry (how can dessert not be luxurious with blackberries!)
- Peach (sweet and just a little bit tart)
- Rhubarb (soft and wonderfully delish, especially paired with apple)
- Gooseberry (we haven’t come across this fruit in Australia – yet – but we’re keen to experiment if we can grab it)
- Plum (actually mouthwatering just contemplating this)
While researching for our apple crumble recipe we noticed a few versions including flour in the filling mixture, which gives the dish its lusciously thick texture once cooked. For this recipe we used cornflour in place of regular flour, which is what we normally use to thicken sauces and gravies. And we’re pleased to report it works just as well for this sweetly spiced apple crumble filling!
P.S. Did you know crumbles were often made with savoury ingredients too – with meat and vegetables replacing the fruit, and cheese replacing the sugar in the crumble mix. Have you ever tried a savoury crumble?
Crunchy Apple Crumble Topping
What is any self-respecting crumble without a crunchy biscuity topping??
After all, freshly baked fruit served soft and warm from the oven is delicious, but… if you’re anything like us, the toasty crumble CRUNCH is what you’re here for!
A little flour, sugar, butter, and oats, you’ll be well on your way… BUT if you want to up the crunch factor even further, there are a few things you can do:
- The first step is to substitute regular oats for a crunchy blended muesli. We made our crumble topping with Table of Plenty’s brand new Pink Lady Apple & Almond muesli because their blend of raw oats, pink lady apple, almond flakes, and pepitas really bring the crunch. We also love it because this blend is completely vegan, free from dairy and made with natural ingredients (so no GMO in sight!).
- The final touch is to sprinkle the top of your crumble with a little extra raw sugar juuust before you pop it in the oven. The raw sugar caramelises on the top in sugary crunchy perfection.
Ready to crunch your way to heaven??
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- 4 medium sized green apples, thinly sliced
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp raw sugar
- 1 tsp cornflour
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 250 g muesli (Table of Plenty Pink Lady Apple & Almond Muesli) or oats
- 250 g plain flour + 55 g in reserve
- 200 g butter, room temperature
- 125 g raw sugar
- First up, let's turn on that oven and preheat it to 180˚ celsius.
- Now, take a deep, circular baking dish or cake dish and line it with half of your apple slices (in a whimsical pattern or just thrown in – your choice!) Splatter the apple with lemon juice, dust with half of the cinnamon, half of the raw sugar and half of the of cornflour. Once that's done, top with all your remaining apple slices, then sprinkle over the rest of your cinnamon, raw sugar and cornflour.
- Next, let's grab that muesli and pop it in a mixing bowl along with the raw sugar and 250 g (1 cup) of the flour. Melt the butter in a small dish and then pour it into the bowl with your dry ingredients. Give everything a good stir until the crumble mixture starts to combine. If needed, you can add a little extra flour until you end up with a slightly moist, mostly crumbly texture where the mixture holds its shape but isn't too sticky.
- Spoon the mixture out over the top of your apple slices and press it down with your spoon til it's nice and even, or keep it rough for extra crunch once baked. Garnish your crumble with a little extra raw sugar, then pop it in the oven and bake for 30-45 minutes or until golden brown. You can bake for shorter or longer depending on the crunch factor you're after!
- Don't forget to serve with cream or ice cream. 😉