Super Easy Apple Crumble (best ever!)

The ultimate apple crumble recipe.. a sweet apple filling with a crunchy oat topping. Serve with ice-cream for the perfect winter dessert. 

The ultimate apple crumble recipe.. a sweet apple filling with a crunchy oat topping. Serve with ice-cream for the perfect winter dessert. 

I have a confession to make… I have a slight addiction to apple crumble. There’s just something about deliciously soft apple topped with a crunchy sweet crumble that makes me drool (my Apple Crumble Slice, Apple Crumble Cake, Apple Crumble Muffins and Raspberry Apple Crumble Cake recipes are proof of that obsession!). 

A crunchy oat and apple crisp in a baking dish.

What you need to make apple crumble

The best thing about this recipe is that it’s super budget-friendly and is made from basic pantry ingredients.

For the apple filling:

  • apples
  • water
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • sugar
  • lemon juice

For the crunchy crumble: 

  • rolled oats
  • plain flour
  • butter
  • brown sugar

Apple crumble on a white plate.

How to make apple crumble

This is SUCH an easy homemade apple crumble recipe… quick, easy and no-fuss!

  1. Cook the apples with the water, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar and lemon juice in a saucepan until just softened. 
  2. Pour into a baking dish.
  3. Make the crumble by using your fingers to squish the rolled oats, plain flour, brown sugar and butter together until all of the butter has been evenly distributed (check out the video below for tips). 
  4. Sprinkle the crumble over the top of the cooked apple and bake in the oven until golden. 

So simple right….!

The ultimate apple crumble recipe.. a sweet apple filling with a crunchy oat topping. Serve with ice-cream for the perfect winter dessert. 

Tips for the perfect crumble topping

Nothing beats the crunchiest crumble topping! Here’s some tips for getting it just right (also check out my video below):

  • take your butter out of the fridge a few minutes before using it (you still want it to be hard, but not so hard that you can’t work with it!)
  • chop the butter into small chunks so that it’s easier to distribute
  • use your hands to ‘squish’ the butter through the rolled oats, plain flour and brown sugar
  • once the butter is evenly distributed, you’ll have little ‘balls’ of crumble held together by the butter
  • when you’re adding the crumble topping to the cooked apple, make sure you leave the little chunks as they are (don’t try and break them up too much)

That’s the secret to the the perfect crunchy and crispy crumble !!

Golden apple crumble being scooped out of a baking dish.

What type of apples are best for apple crumble?

You can use pretty much any type of apple you like for this recipe!

  • Granny Smith apples give a tart flavour which contrasts nicely with the sweet cinnamon and the crunchy oat topping
  • Pink Lady or Jazz apples are slightly sweeter (I generally use Pink Lady apples)
  • Sweet red apples are also delicious

… the choice is yours!

A plate of apple dessert with an oat topping and a scoop of ice-cream.

More apple recipes

If you’re like me and love cooking with apples, here’s a few more recipes you might like:

Ice-cream, cooked apples and crunchy oats on a spoon.

Winter comfort food dessert recipes

You can’t beat a big bowl of dessert on a cold winters night… right!? Check out a few of my favourite winter desserts here!

 

 

VIDEO: HOW TO MAKE APPLE CRUMBLE

A plate of stewed apple, crunchy oat topping and ice-cream.

The ultimate apple crumble recipe.. a sweet apple filling with a crunchy oat topping. Serve with ice-cream for the perfect winter dessert. 

Super Easy Apple Crumble

The ultimate apple crumble recipe.. a sweet apple filling with a crunchy oat topping. Serve with ice-cream for the perfect winter dessert. 
4.8 from 10 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: winter recipes
Keyword: apple crumble
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8 serves
Calories: 450kcal

Ingredients

  • 5 apples large, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 cup (250g) water
  • ½ cup (115g) caster sugar
  • 2 tbs lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 1/3 cup (120g) rolled oats
  • ½ cup (100g) brown sugar packed
  • 50 g plain flour
  • 115 g butter cut into small cubes

Instructions

Conventional Method

  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees celsius (180 if using fan-forced).
  • Grease a large 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.
  • 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 (there should be no loose bits left!).
  • Sprinkle the crumble over the apple and place into the preheated oven.
  • Cook for 35-40 minutes or until the crumble is golden and crunchy.
  • Serve immediately with ice-cream or cream.

Thermomix Method

  • Preheat oven to 200 degrees celsius (180 if using fan-forced). Grease a large baking dish with butter and set aside.
  • Place peeled and sliced apples into the Thermomix bowl. Add the water, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and lemon juice. Cook for 5 minutes, 90 degrees REVERSE, Speed 1.
  • Drain the excess liquid from the apples and place into the prepared baking dish. Rinse and dry the Thermomix bowl.
  • Place the oats, flour, butter and sugar into the Thermomix 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 35-40 minutes or until the crumble is golden and crunchy.
  • Serve immediately with ice-cream or cream.

Nutrition

Calories: 450kcal | Carbohydrates: 77g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 112mg | Potassium: 291mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 420IU | Vitamin C: 6.7mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 2.2mg
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A baking dish of apple crumble. Ice-cream on top of a plate of apple crisp. Ice-cream and apple crisp on a spoon.

46 thoughts on “Super Easy Apple Crumble (best ever!)”

  1. Ali @ Home & Plate says:

    This looks delicious. Love the crunch on top. I will have to try this soon. Yum.

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Oh thank you so much!

  2. Nicole - Champagne and Chips says:

    I love how oaty your crumble topping is. I love a crumble that just about eats like a granola. This looks fantastic.

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Thanks Nicole! Yes it’s got to be crispy and crunchy!

  3. Olivia @ livforcake says:

    This looks amazing! So simple and delicious. I haven’t made an apple crumble since high school, but I used to make it all the time! Will definitely try this recipe :D.

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Oh thanks so much Olivia – I hope you enjoy it!

  4. Liz @ I Spy Plum Pie says:

    Yum! This is absolutely perfect for this time of year, and luckily my folks have a few apple trees too so I’ll have to get my hands on some! Love how crunchy your topping looks! xx

    1. Bake Play Smile says:

      Perfect!! Our apple trees are overflowing too!

  5. Emma says:

    Whenever I cook a dinner that my kids like, I always make sure I have a nice dessert ready. It’s how I grew up – finish your dinner and you can have dessert I knew tonight’s roast would be eaten quickly, so wanted to prepare something fairly easy after a busy day. I had some apples that were a bit too tart tasting for the kids, so we used them. Peeled and cored them quickly using our slinky apple cutter and 3 kids and a happy rabbit ate up all the peel haha! The rest was too easy! I made it on the stove top because dinner was in the thermomix, and baked while we ate dinner. The house smelt divine and everyone loved it. My son has asked to take some leftovers cold in his lunchbox tomorrow. Yet another Lucy lunchbox hit

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