Apple Crumble Recipe

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Homely apple crumble bursting with flavour with home grown apples, delicious crumble topping and a touch of cinnamon.

With the cold weather setting in, and the fact I have a stack of apples picked by my little boy from his Nanas apple tree, it would have been rude not to get baking this gorgeous, homely, cosy apple crumble. 

Cosy isn’t often a word used to describe food, but if there’s ever a cosy dessert, this is it. Sweet, warm and suited to custard – delicious.

While I like to use home grown apples picked from an apple tree, you can use any apples that you like. For the topping, you may have heard before that you can use Demerara or golden Caster sugar, which is true, you can use whatever you prefer. I have chosen to use granulated sugar, simply because I like my crumble topping to be thick with lots of texture.

One of the best things about making this dessert, is that it can be made in advance and frozen. Place the uncooked topping and the cooked filling in separate zip lock freezer bags, and freeze until you want them. You would then thoroughly defrost both, put them together in the oven dish and bake as normal. This is perfect for if you’ve picked the apples yourself, as you can batch cook and freeze them before the apples go off, and defrost as you please! 

I like to eat my apple crumble warm with hot custard, but you could have ice cream, cream and even caramel, whatever you fancy! My husband is more of an ice cream lover, and so I got vanilla ice cream for him and a Tesco caramel to drizzle over the top. That’s the beauty of this dessert, you dish up pieces separately and can customise it for each person you’re serving it to!

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Here’s how I made my apple crumble

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What you’ll need to make this apple crumble

Scales

Chopping board and knife

Mixing bowl

Wok/Skillet

Oven dish

Ingredients

Filling

  • 8 medium sized apples (or equivalent amount)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • half a cup caster or granulated sugar (+ extra for sprinkling on the top at the end) 
  • Half a teaspoon cinnamon (Optional)
  • Pinch of nutmeg (optional)
  • cornflour
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Topping

  • 100g butter
  • 200g plain flour 
  • 75g granulated sugar

Method

(preheat the oven to 180 degrees)

Filling

  1.  Firstly, peel and chop all of the apples removing the core, and place the apple chunks in a mixing bowl. I chop mine to around 1 inch, but you can make them smaller if you’d prefer.
  2. Secondly, add lemon juice, cinnamon and nutmeg to the chopped apples, and mix with your hands.
  3. Now Add the sugar and mix with your hands.
  4. Place the butter in a wok/skillet and melt on a medium-high heat.
  5. Add the apples to the wok/skillet, stirring occasionally. Cook until the juices are released and the apples are softened to the texture you desire. I like my apple pie to have chunky apple pieces in so it only take a few minutes. If you like yours a little smoother, you can cook for longer. 
  6. Next, add small amounts of cornflour at a time to thicken the juices, whilst ensuring that the you mix the cornflour until dissolved.
  7. Once the filling has reached the texture you desire, leave the wok/skillet to one side to cool to around room temperature whilst you make the topping.

Topping 

  1.  Place the butter and flour in a mixing bowl and rub them together between your fingers to form crumbs. 
  2. Add the sugar the mixture and scrunch it in with your hands. 
  3. Cover the Apple filling with the crumble topping and bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until the topping starts to crisp and turn golden brown.
  4. Serve with whatever you fancy! 

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If you liked this apple crumble recipe, you might also like my Apple pie recipe, click here to read it.

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