The best apple crumble

The best apple crumble

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 40 mins

Easy

Serves 4
You can't beat the traditional apple filling topped with crispy, buttery crumble - classic comfort food at its best

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal608
  • fat24g
  • saturates14g
  • carbs90g
  • sugars55g
  • fibre5g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.6g
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Ingredients

    For the filling

    • 575g Bramley apple (3 medium apples), peeled, cored and sliced to 1 cm thick (see tip)
      Bramley apples

      Bramley apple

      bram-lee app-el

      A large, flattish cooking apple, green in appearance but sometimes with specks of red. The flesh…

    • 2 tbsp golden caster sugar

    For the crumble

    • 175g plain flour
    • 110g golden caster sugar
    • 110g cold butter
      Butter

      Butter

      butt-err

      Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

    For the topping (optional)

    • 1 tbsp rolled oats
    • 1 tbsp demerara sugar
    • double cream, clotted cream or custard, to serve

    Method

    1. Preheat the oven to 190C/170 fan/gas 5. Toss the apples with the 2 tbsp sugar and put in a 23cm round baking dish at least 5cm deep, or a 20cm square dish. Flatten down with your hand to prevent too much crumble falling through.

    2. Put the flour and 110g sugar in a bowl with a good pinch of salt, slice in the butter and rub it in with your fingertips until the mixture looks like moist breadcrumbs. Shake the bowl and any big bits will come to the surface – rub them in. Alternatively, pulse in a processor until sandy (don’t over-process).

    3. Pour the crumb mix over the apples to form a pile in the centre, then use a fork to even out. Gently press the surface with the back of the fork so the crumble holds together and goes crisp, then lightly drag the fork over the top for a decorative finish. Sprinkle the oats and demerara over evenly, if you wish.

    4. Set on a baking tray and put in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, until the top is golden and the apples feel very soft when you insert a small, sharp knife. Leave to cool for 10 minutes before serving.

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    Comments (14)

    lottylouby's picture
    5

    Very easy recipe with brilliant results. Upped the crumble ingredients by 20g as suggested and used 4 apples. added a small amount of cinnamon as didnt want to over power the recipe. Otherwise followed the recipe which resulted in a perfect pudding.

    mirjambrady's picture
    5

    Fantastic!!! I used half blackberries, half apples - both of which I had picked while out cycling in our bonnie Aberdeenshire. I mixed the sugar with cinnamon before tossing the fruit in it - gives it a nice Autumnal aroma. My husband says it's the best apple-blackberry crumble he's had in a long time - and that's saying something!

    mirjambrady's picture
    5

    Fantastic!!! I used half blackberries, half apples - both of which I had picked while out cycling in our bonnie Aberdeenshire. I mixed the sugar with cinnamon before tossing the fruit in it - gives it a nice Autumnal aroma. My husband says it's the best apple-blackberry crumble he's had in a long time - and that's saying something!

    sdwearne's picture

    How much cinnamon did you use out of curiosity?

    mirjambrady's picture
    5

    Fantastic!!! I used half apples, half blackberries (both picked in the wild on my cycle ride), and mixed the sugar with cinnamon. 5 hours later and there's one portion left (and it's only my husband and me in the house!).

    codeswitcher18's picture
    5

    I added about 20g extra to all the ingredients for the topping because that's clearly the best bit. I also left it in the oven for a bit longer than recommended and the result was a truly delicious and perfectly crispy crumble :)

    pookiegirl's picture
    2.5

    I have no idea why this is titled best apple crumble, it isn't, far too much sugar in the crumble mixture, too sickly, also I don't bother tossing the apple in sugar beforehand, I like to taste the cooking apple and it should be tart!! Cut down the sugar and its a passable crumble, also I up the ratio of crumble so that it actually covers the apple...

    rachelling's picture

    Really lovely pud, dead easy, really tasty. Not healthy, but great comfort food

    katiecooks123's picture
    5

    I've made this crumble 3 times now, and every time it's been a huge success. Super easy to make, and delicious! Blackberries make a nice addition.

    kingandpie's picture

    I have tried several apple crumble recipes and this one is absolutely on point! I have based a post on my food blog around this recipe http://www.thekingandpie.com/recipe/applecrumble/ Thank you once again BBC Good Food for yet another fail safe recipe :) Dora @thekingandpie

    WylieDi's picture
    5

    Made this for my family last week and everyone loved it. best part was that it was easy and quick to make. I plan to make this with my niece and nephew, they can do the breadcrumbs whilst I slice the apples.

    Brilliant recipe

    KingOfTheLilies's picture
    5

    Does what it says on the tin. The only alterations I make are using a mix of apples, or some apple and some other fruit (blueberries, blackberries and so on go very well), tossed in some lemon juice and muscovado rather than caster sugar.
    I also often add some crushed toasted hazelnuts, toasted oats, or ground almonds to the topping just for a bit of extra flavour.

    Served with http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2604656/salted-toffee-sauce it is beautiful, albeit quite calorific.

    Mama Bookworm's picture
    5

    Good reliable crumble recipe - I add a teaspoon of cinnamon for extra flavour. Saggybottom - I always presume it is pre-peeled and cored weight.

    Saggybottom's picture
    5

    I used four Braeburn apples for this recipe. I was a wee bit confused as to whether the weight of the apples should be before or after the peeling process! In hindsight, if I was to make it again I'd use another apple as the ratio of crumble to fruit was quite high! But that's how my non-roughage eating husband liked it. It is the first time I have made crumble and I found it very simple to make, especially as my magimix made short work of the rubbing in. It's certainly not a recipe for the health conscious but it's so tasty!

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    Tips (1)

    mylittletoni's picture
    3.75

    I would recommend cutting the apples into small cubes rather than just sliced as my apples were still half raw even after 40 mins of cooking :(