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Humble Apple Crumble

Updated: Feb 16, 2021

I have to say, this is the best apple crumble recipe you will find. This recipe doesn't require any pre cooking because we don't always have time for that. I just combine all the filling mix and chuck it into the dish. The topping is made in a food processor and sprinkled on top. It really doesn't get any simpler than that. This recipe can be doubled or tripled easily for dinner parties. If you have a questions, check the FAQs below. If your question hasn't shown up here then just leave a comment and I'll get back to you on that.

Questions I get asked regarding this recipe

What other fruit can I use in this crumble?

The fruit can be substituted easily and you can even create some really delicious fruit combinations like: stone fruits (peaches, apricots), berries, apples and pears. My favourite is pear and mixed berries.

Can the brown sugar in the mixture be exchanged with white sugar?

If you don't have any brown sugar then ofcourse its possible to use white sugar. However, the brown sugar makes it sticky and thick. The depth of flavour that we want in a crumble is only possible with brown sugar. Trust me, it is totally worth the trip to the supermarket.

How can we reheat leftover fruit crumble?

Just a moment here while I contemplate that there is such a thing as leftover fruit crumble. ok, so now if there are any leftovers (not sure why that would happen) but it is possible to warm it up in the microwave for a minute until heated through. If you have some time on your hands, then put it back in the oven for 20 minutes until hot through the middle.

I want to make this even more special. Any suggestions?

You can make this extra special by adding flaked almonds to the crumble mixture. Just toss a handful into the crumble mixture and proceed to use it as normal.

Preparation time 10 minutes

Cook time 30-35 minutes

Serves 4-6


4 large red apples- peeled, cored and cut into chunks

3 heaped tablespoons soft brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder

a pinch of salt

Crumble Topping

1/2 cup of flour

2/3 cup oats

1/3 cup white sugar

1/4 cup cold butter- in cubes

2 Tablespoons cold butter- in cubes


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 celsius.

  2. Peel, core and cut the apples into 1/2 inch chunks

  3. Combine the apples, brown sugar, cinnamon powder and salt in a bowl.

  4. Give it a good mix and pour the apples into a corning ware or pyrex dish, or another oven friendly dish.

  5. Place the 2 tablespoons butter over the apples. Let the apples macerate while you prepare the crumble topping.

  6. For the crumble topping: combine the flour, oats and sugar in a processor. Pulse a few times. Do not over grind.

  7. Add the 1/4 cup butter and process again. The mixture will resemble large breadcrumbs.

  8. Sprinkle the topping over the fruits. Do not press or pat it down. Pressing down the topping will make for a dense crumble. That isn't what you want.

  9. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the topping is golden brown and bubbling from the edges.

  10. Serve with cream, ice cream, vanilla custard or all three if you are really hungry!

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