Apple and Blueberry Crumble

A simple apple and blueberry crumble that takes only 10 minutes to prepare and is a sure winner with the whole family! Serve with ice cream, custard or cream for a truly delicious dessert. 

A spoonful of apple and blueberry crumble being lifted from a baking dish

When it comes to winter desserts,  it’s hard to beat a warming apple crumble drizzled with creamy vanilla custard or a rich chocolate self-saucing pudding, but this apple and blueberry crumble is just as delicious… possibly even more so!

This recipe is the same as the classic recipe, BUT with the addition of frozen blueberries. It is really the easiest, most delicious apple and blueberry crumble recipe ever.

Overhead shot of apple and blueberry crumble in a baking dish

Why You’re Going To Love This Recipe

Quick and Easy – Based on my Super Easy Apple Crumble, it’s just as simple and fast to make, but with the addition of frozen blueberries! If you’ve got 10 minutes to spare, you’ve got time to make this easy dessert.


Comfort Food – Warm, juicy, fruit filling with a golden, crunchy topping is the perfect winter comfort food (especially when it’s smothered in a huge scoop of vanilla ice-cream).

5 Star Recipe Rating – everyone LOVES this recipe! Read all of the 5 star reviews for yourself… here’s just a few of the reviews from our readers:

This recipe is incredible! My family and I thoroughly enjoyed. Super easy to follow and quick to make! Tastes phenomenal!

“Quick , easy & delicious!”

“Quick easy and comforting!”

I love this crumble, super easy and it’s absolutely delicious”

“I just made this recipe and it turned out wonderful! Cooked the apple in microwave instead of on the stove (using my grandmother’s kitchen and I don’t trust her stove) did it in two short bursts of 1 1/2 minutes, plus one of 2 minutes, stirring between each time. It had cooked for 25 minutes when I went to check on it and it was perfectly golden!! Many compliments from the family, it’s quite possibly the best thing I’ve ever made”

A spoon full of apple and blueberries being lifted from a baked crumble.

What You Need

For the apple filling:

  • apples – large and peeled. You can use any variety you like. Granny Smith apples will give a tart flavour which contrasts perfectly with the sweet crunchy topping. Pink Lady, Jazz apples or red apples are sweeter options but just as delicious.
  • water – for cooking the apples.
  • caster sugar – a super fine sugar. If you cannot find it, you can pulse regular raw/granular sugar in a food processor a couple times until fine.
  • lemon juice – either fresh or store-bought.
  • spices – I use a combination of ground cinnamon and nutmeg in my apple and blueberry crumble as they give a sweet aromatic flavour.
  • frozen blueberries – or substitute with fresh blueberries.
Apples, blueberries, sugar, water and spices in individual bowls on a marble bench

For the crumble:

  • rolled oats – you can substitute the rolled oats with quick oats if you prefer. You can also use gluten-free oats to make this crumble recipe gluten-free.
  • brown sugar – use either light (regular) or dark brown sugar.
  • plain flour – also known as all-purpose flour.
  • butter – either salted or unsalted butter is fine to use.
Ingredients for crumble in individual bowls on a marble bench

How To Make Homemade Crumble

Step 1 – Make the Apple and Blueberry Crisp Filling

Place the peeled and sliced apple into a medium saucepan along with the rest of the filling ingredients (except for the blueberries).

Bring to a low simmer until the apples have just softened, then drain the excess liquid.

Add the apples to a baking dish and sprinkle the blueberries on top.

A pot full of apples and spices to be stewed

Step 2 – Make the Crumble

Add all the crumble ingredients to a bowl. Using your fingers, squeeze and break up the butter.

Use your hands to completely coat the butter with sugar and oats until you have small lumps of crumble.

Sprinkle the crumble over the filling.

Step 3 – Bake

Place your baking dish in the preheated oven and bake the crumble until the top is golden brown and crunchy.

Instructions for apple and blueberry crumble showing four bowls with the different steps

Recipe Tips & FAQ

What kind of apples should I use?

You really can use any type of apple for this recipe. It just depends on the flavour you’d like your apple blueberry crumble to have. Pink Lady or Jazz apples are sweeter varieties, while Granny Smith apples are tarter and are a nice complement to the other sweet flavours. It’s really up to you! Choose an apple variety that is in season at the time as they will be bursting with flavour!

Is apple crumble the same as apple crisp?

Yes it is! Here in Australia we refer to it as crumble but in the US it is referred to as crisp – but it’s exactly the same thing.

Can this berry crumble be made with different types of berries?

Yes it can. You can substitute the blueberries for raspberries, blackberries or strawberries (although blueberries are my favourite option!).

What temperature butter should I use?

Take your butter out of the fridge just a few minutes before you start making the crumble (right before you simmer your apples is perfect). You want the butter to still be hard, but not so hard that you can’t squish it in your hands. I also recommend cutting the butter into blocks so that it’s even easier to work with.

How long will my crumble keep?

You can keep your crumble in the fridge up to 5 days after it’s baked. Wait until the crumble has cooled, then cover it with plastic wrap.

Can I freeze apple and blueberry crumble?

Yes! Absolutely! You can freeze this recipe for up to 3 months in an airtight container. The crumble can be defrosted and reheated directly from frozen, or you can defrost it in the fridge overnight and then reheat in the microwave or oven.

Other tips

Leave some clumps of the butter when mixing the crumble ingredients with your hands. This is the secret behind deliciously crunchy, crispy crumble!

Serving suggestions

Crumble is delicious on it’s own… but even better when served with ice cream, custard and/or cream.

A baking dish of apple and blueberry crumble with a spoonful of apples and blueberries being lifted from it

More Winter Dessert Recipes

If you’re after even more comfort food… look no further than this yummy collection of winter dessert recipes!

A collage of homemade winter dessert recipes.

WANT EVEN MORE DELICIOUS RECIPES? Subscribe to my newsletter or follow along on Facebook or Instagram. And if you love baking, then please come and join my Facebook cooking club group or subscribe to my YouTube channel. 

A spoonful of oat baked crumble with blueberries and apple.

Apple and Blueberry Crumble

A simple apple and blueberry crumble that takes only 10 minutes to prepare and is a sure winner with the whole family! Serve with ice cream, custard or cream for a truly delicious dessert. 
5 from 10 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: western
Keyword: apple blueberry crumble
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8 serves
Calories: 485kcal

Ingredients

  • 5 apples large apples, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup (250g) water
  • 1/2 cup (115g) caster sugar
  • 2 tbs lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 500 g blueberries frozen

Crumble

  • 1 1/3 cups (120g) rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup (100g) brown sugar
  • 50 g plain flour
  • 115 g butter

Instructions

Conventional Method

  • Preheat oven to 190 degrees celsius (180 if using fan-forced). Grease a large oven-proof baking dish with butter and set aside.
  • Place the peeled and sliced apples into a medium saucepan with the water, caster sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon and nutmeg. Bring to a low simmer for 5-10 minutes or until just softened. Drain off the excess liquid.
  • Place the stewed apples into the baking dish. Sprinkle over the frozen blueberries. 
  • To make the crumble, place the oats, brown sugar, plain flour and butter into a bowl. Use your fingers to squeeze and break up the lumps of butter until crumbs have formed and all of the oats and flour are completely combined with the butter.
  • Sprinkle the crumble over the apple and place into the preheated oven.
  • Cook for 35 minutes or until the crumble is golden and crunchy.

Thermomix Method

  • Preheat oven to 190 degrees celsius (180 if using fan-forced). Grease a large baking dish with butter and set aside.
  • Place peeled and sliced apples into the TM bowl. Add water, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon juice. Cook for 5 minutes, 90 degrees on Reverse, Speed 1.
  • Drain the excess liquid from the apples and place into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the frozen blueberries over the top. 
  • Rinse and dry the TM bowl.Place the oats, flour, butter and sugar into the TM bowl. Press Turbo a few times until you have achieved a consistent crumble mixture (and all of the dry ingredients have been completely combined with the butter.
  • Sprinkle the crumble over the apple and place into the preheated oven.
  • Cook for 35 minutes or until the crumble is golden and crunchy.

Notes

RECIPE NOTES & TIPS
Ingredients info:
  • apples – large and peeled. You can use any variety you like. Granny Smith apples will give a tart flavour which contrasts perfectly with the sweet crunchy topping. Pink Lady, Jazz apples or red apples are sweeter options but just as delicious.
  • water – for cooking the apples.
  • caster sugar – a super fine sugar. If you cannot find it, you can pulse regular raw/granular sugar in a food processor a couple times until fine.
  • lemon juice – either fresh or store-bought.
  • spices – I use a combination of ground cinnamon and nutmeg in my apple and blueberry crisp / crumble as they give a sweet aromatic flavour.
  • frozen blueberries – or substitute with fresh blueberries.
  • rolled oats – you can substitute the rolled oats with quick oats if you prefer. You can also use gluten-free oats to make this crumble recipe gluten-free.
  • brown sugar – use either light (regular) or dark brown sugar.
  • plain flour – also known as all-purpose flour.
  • butter – either salted or unsalted butter is fine to use.
More recipe tips:
Butter notes – Take your butter out of the fridge just a few minutes before you start making the crumble (right before you simmer your apples is perfect). You want the butter to still be hard, but not so hard that you can’t squish it in your hands. I also recommend cutting the butter into blocks so that it’s even easier to work with.
Apple Crisp or Apple Crumble? – Here in Australia we refer to it as crumble but in the US it is referred to as crisp – but it’s exactly the same thing.
Blueberry substitutes – You can substitute the blueberries for raspberries, blackberries or strawberries (although blueberries are my favourite option!).
Clumps in the crumble – Leave some clumps of the butter when mixing the crumble ingredients with your hands. This is the secret behind deliciously crunchy, crispy crumble!
Storage – You can keep your crumble in the fridge up to 5 days after it’s baked. Wait until the crumble has cooled, then cover it with plastic wrap.
Freezing – You can freeze this recipe for up to 3 months in an airtight container. The crumble can be defrosted and reheated directly from frozen, or you can defrost it in the fridge overnight and then reheat in the microwave or oven.
Serving suggestions – Crumble is delicious on it’s own… but even better when served with ice cream, custard or cream.

Nutrition

Calories: 485kcal | Carbohydrates: 85g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 112mg | Potassium: 338mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 455IU | Vitamin C: 12.7mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 2.4mg
Did you try this recipe?Mention @BakePlaySmileBlog or tag #BakePlaySmile!

WANT EVEN MORE DELICIOUS RECIPES? Subscribe to my newsletter or follow along on Facebook or Instagram. And if you love baking, then please come and join my Facebook cooking club group or subscribe to my YouTube channel. 

FREE RECIPE EBOOK

Join my email list to receive a FREE eBook filled with 15 of my most popular slice recipes!

Thank you for subscribing!

24 Comments
  1. Rachael says:

    Can I substitute the flour for almond meal in the crumble? If so, how much almond meal? TIA

    1. Lucy says:

      I can’t see why not! I haven’t tried it though so wouldn’t be able to recommend an amount!

  2. Fatema says:

    Hi! Can I use fresh blueberries rather than frozen?

  3. Shirley Reed says:

    Do you have a recipe for apple and blueberry streusel pie please

    1. Lucy says:

      Hi Shirley, oh I don’t sorry! But I’ll certainly add it to my list!

  4. Bonnie Tuckett says:

    This recipe is incredible! My family and I thoroughly enjoyed. Super easy to follow and quick to make! Tastes phenomenal! Thank you BakePlaySmile

    1. Lucy says:

      Yay! Thank you!!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating