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!).
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:
- lemon juice
For the crunchy crumble:
- rolled oats
- plain flour
- brown sugar
How to make apple crumble
This is SUCH an easy homemade apple crumble recipe... quick, easy and no-fuss!
- Cook the apples with the water, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar and lemon juice in a saucepan until just softened.
- Pour into a baking dish.
- 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).
- Sprinkle the crumble over the top of the cooked apple and bake in the oven until golden.
So simple right....!
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 perfect crunchy and crispy crumble !!
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!
More apple recipes
If you're like me and love cooking with apples, here's a few more recipes you might like:
- apple crumble muffins
- apple blueberry crumble
- easy apple cake
- apple & cinnamon scrolls
- apple & sour cream slice
- raspberry & apple crumble cake
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!
Super Easy Apple Crumble
- 5 apples large, peeled, cored and sliced
- 1 cup (250g) water
- ½ cup (115g) caster sugar
- 2 tbs lemon juice
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- 1 ⅓ cup (120g) rolled oats
- ½ cup (100g) brown sugar packed
- 50 g plain flour
- 115 g butter cut into small cubes
- 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 Instructions - Click the link in the notes section below for the Thermomix recipe.