Irresistible Apple Crumble: A Taste of Home

There’s something quintessentially heartwarming about pulling a golden-brown apple crumble out of the oven. The moment the aroma wafts through my kitchen, it feels as though a cozy blanket has been wrapped around the day, bringing with it a surge of homely comfort. As Gobble, the resident chef at Food and Meal, my affection for this humble dessert runs deep; it’s a culinary hug that transcends seasons and occasions.

My journey in the kitchen has seen a smorgasbord of complex and intricate creations, but time and time again, I find myself drawn back to the simple pleasure of the apple crumble. Perhaps, it’s the rustic charm of tender, spice-kissed apples interlacing with a crispy, buttery topping that beckons. Or maybe it’s the way the flavors remind me of childhood, of autumnal evenings spent at my grandmother’s table where the dessert was much more than a treat—it was a tradition, a tale of togetherness told in every spoonful.

Let’s not forget the practical allure of this dish. The beauty of apple crumble lies in its accessibility; whether you’re an apprentice to the oven or a sage of the stove, the forgiving nature of this recipe guarantees success. It’s a savior on busy days when craving something sweet yet straightforward or a delightful finale to an impromptu dinner party.

In the spirit of sharing joy, I’m eager to divulge the secrets of crafting a splendid apple crumble that vows to please. So, stash away those daunting kitchen feats for another day, and let’s embrace the ease and bliss that this timeless classic has to offer. Let’s embark on this baked journey together, and I promise, your dessert repertoire will thank you for it.

Apple Crumble
Warm, golden, and oh-so-inviting – this apple crumble is ready to steal the show.

Apple Crumble Recipe

How To Make Apple Crumble – 6 Steps

Apple Crumble

With apples available all year round, there's just no reason to wait for apple season to make it, although it's a fantastic project after a day of apple picking with the kids in the fall. Consider this treat for a holiday meal ender or your next potluck.
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Course: Appetizer, Desserts
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple, Apple Crumble
CookingStyle: Baking
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 363kcal
Author: Food and Meal
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Step by Step

  • Preheat oven into 350°F (= 177°C) and butter a 9-inch baking dish.
  • If you have already prepared your apples, transfer them into the baking dish. Be sure that you fill ¾ of the dish so if you need more, feel free to add apples.
  • Make the crumble topping by whisking the flour, brown & granulated sugars and cinnamon together into a bowl.
  • Pour the crumble topping over the apples and make sure that they are completely covered. Lightly press down the topping to pack it over the apple chunks.
  • Bake the apple crumble for about 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the top attains a golden brown tan, the juices are bubbly and the apples are cooked through.
  • Remove from the oven, let it cool a bit and serve with sauce, cream or ice cream.



  • If you want a more lively presentation, you can add some sugared apple slices as topping.
  • You can also add a teaspoon of lemon juice to give the crumble a tangy twist.
How To Make Apple Crumble – 6 Steps
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Serving: 1serving | Calories: 363kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 15g
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This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the Spoonacular Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.

Alternative Method: Slow Cooker Apple Crumble

Apple Crumble
Scoop or two? How do you like your apple crumble – plain or with a scoop of velvety vanilla ice cream?

To prepare a delightful Apple Crumble, start by peeling, coring, and slicing the apples uniformly to ensure even cooking. In a large mixing bowl, combine the sliced apples with sugar, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and a pinch of salt, tossing them until well-coated with the aromatic mixture. In a separate bowl, create the crumble topping by mixing rolled oats, all-purpose flour, and cubed, cold unsalted butter, working the butter into the dry ingredients until achieving a coarse crumb texture. Lightly grease the inside of your slow cooker to prevent sticking, then layer half of the apple mixture at the bottom, followed by half of the crumble mixture evenly over the apples. Repeat the layering process with the remaining apples and crumble topping. Cover the slow cooker, set it to low heat, and let the Apple Crumble cook for about 3-4 hours until the apples become tender, and the crumble topping achieves a golden brown hue. Once done, serve the Apple Crumble warm, ideally accompanied by a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream for a delightful treat.

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Tips for making Apple Crumble

 Apple Crumble
Pouring caramel love over our apple crumble – sweet dreams are made of this!

Cooking Tips

When I dive into the world of crafting an apple crumble, personal opinions emerge like the steam from a freshly baked dish. There’s a feeling of nostalgia that accompanies the selection of the apples—a fondness for the firm, tart varieties like Granny Smith or Braeburn that hold their shape and provide a pleasant contrast to the sweetness of the crumble topping. A good apple crumble honors its star ingredient, the apples should not be an afterthought but rather celebrated, engaging your taste buds with both their texture and robust flavor.

As for the crumble itself, there’s heartfelt conviction in favoring a topping that is buttery and crisp, offering a delightful contrast to the softened fruit beneath. A gentle hand when mixing the flour, sugar, and butter can be the secret to a crumbly, golden crust that gives way to a burst of apple with every forkful. It’s worth noting the emotional satisfaction found in customizing the spice blend—cinnamon is traditional, but a whisper of nutmeg or allspice can add an unexpected warmth and depth that complements the apple’s natural sweetness, each spice contributing to the tapestry of flavors in a manner that is both subtle and profound.

Emotions run high when speaking of the baking process, as this is where the elements unite and the magic happens. There’s a touch of eager anticipation that comes with placing the assembled crumble into the oven and watching through the glass as the topping begins to brown, all the while being enveloped in the aromatic embrace of baked apple and cinnamon.

In savoring an apple crumble, the emotional response is as rich and complex as the dish itself. It’s an affectionate pride in sharing a homemade dessert that brings people together, relishing the contented sighs and the post-meal lull that follows a serving of something made with care. And yes, while culinary expertise might dictate the precision of measurements and timing, I believe a good apple crumble absorbs the mood of its maker—this dessert is at its best when seasoned with joy and served with generosity of spirit.

Should there be a desire to mirror the modern culinary quest for innovation, one could gently experiment, perhaps with a dash of caramel or a sprinkle of toasted nuts incorporated into the crumble mix, yet such deviations should be approached with a mindful respect for the balance of flavors and textures that classic apple crumble represents.

Serving Suggestions

Apple Crumble
An unexpected duo – apple crumble and sharp cheddar cheese. Would you give it a try?

Apple crumble is a hearty and comforting dessert that matches well with many flavors and side dishes, though none of the recipes on the provided list are direct variations or companions to an apple crumble. However, it’s interesting to pair dishes that complement in texture and contrast to balance the overall dining experience.

Considering the characteristics of an apple crumble, which is often sweet, spiced, and textured, we could opt for dishes that are lighter, perhaps with a bit of acidity, or creaminess to juxtapose the rich flavors. From the list provided, a good companion could be a scoop of Matcha Ice Cream, which would provide a creamy and slightly bitter contrast to the sweetness of the apple crumble, not unlike the classic pairing with vanilla ice cream but adding a unique twist.

Alternatively, if served at the end of a multi-course meal, a light salad like the Black Kale Salad might precede the dessert to refresh the palate. For beverages, the Easy Iced Coffee or Easy Frappuccino could offer a chilled and bitter counterbalance that complements the sweet warmth of the crumble.

For those who enjoy wining and dining, none of the items in the list are beverages, but a recommended pairing might be a crisp white wine or a sweet dessert wine, which would need to be selected separately from the given recipe list.

Frequently Asked Questions about Apple Crumble

Apple Crumble
Cozy evenings call for warm apple crumble and a cup of your favorite brew.
  • Can I use other fruits besides apples? Absolutely! You can make crumble with various fruits like peaches, berries, or a mix of your favorites. Adjust sugar levels based on the fruit’s sweetness.
  • How do I store leftovers? If you somehow have leftovers, refrigerate them in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days. Reheat in the microwave or oven.
  • Can I make it gluten-free? Yes, you can! Simply use gluten-free oats and a gluten-free flour blend for the crumble topping.
  • Can I prepare the crumble ahead of time? Certainly! You can prepare the crumble topping ahead and store it in the fridge. When ready to bake, layer it over your sliced apples.
  • Can I use pre-made pie filling? While homemade is always preferred, using pre-made pie filling can save time. Just adjust the sugar and spices to taste.
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Apple crumble, a timeless dessert that has delighted taste buds for generations, offers a symphony of textures and flavors that are at once comforting and delightful. A British classic, it consists of baked chopped apples topped with a crisp crumble mix often containing flour, butter, and sugar, sometimes elevated with the inclusion of oats or nuts for added texture.

The appeal of apple crumble lies in its simplicity, its versatility, and its ability to be both a homely comfort food and an elegant dessert. It is also notably adaptable, accommodating various dietary restrictions with simple ingredient swaps such as gluten-free flour or plant-based butter. Moreover, different seasons can inspire the integration of spices like cinnamon and nutmeg in the cooler months, or the addition of fresh berries during spring and summer for a brighter flavor profile.

Beyond taste, there’s also a sensory joy in the process of making a crumble. The tactile pleasure of rubbing the butter into the flour to achieve the perfect consistency for the topping complements the aromatic experience of cooked apples mingling with spice. The result of this process is a dish that celebrates the warmth of the kitchen and the joy of sharing a home-cooked meal.

Our modern culinary landscape, with its constant thirst for innovation, should still leave room on the table for dishes like apple crumble. It acts as a testament to the endurance of simplicity and the understated elegance of classic recipes. Apple crumble’s reassuring presence in cookbooks and on family dining tables continues to hold a special place within the narrative of culinary traditions.

For more insights into recipes, adaptations, and the enduring legacy of apple crumble, as well as other timeless culinary delights, you can visit Food And Meal or This platform can serve as a guide, encouraging both novice and experienced cooks alike to explore the countless variations this dish has to offer and to keep the tradition alive in their own kitchens.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this journey into the heartwarming world of apple crumble and feel inspired to create your own version of this beloved dessert.

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Hi! I’m Paula from the Philippines, the passionate blogger and skilled photographer behind Gobble the Cook. I also spearhead the media photography for Food And Meal in Vietnam.
I'm James F Anderson, a noted sous chef from London and a Le Cordon Bleu alumnus. My career began in a Michelin-starred Parisian eatery, where my blend of classic and contemporary cooking, using seasonal ingredients, earned accolades. Recognized in culinary publications and on cooking shows, I’m committed to mentoring aspiring chefs and delivering memorable dining experiences, marking me as a standout talent in the culinary world.
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