The best apple crumble

The best apple crumble

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(42 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 40 mins


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

    For the topping (optional)

    • 1 tbsp rolled oats
      Two piles of oats



      Oats are processed by rolling (steamed and pressed) or steel-cutting (cut into pieces). There is…

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


    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, questions and tips

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    17th May, 2018
    Perfect result! I left mine in for 45 minutes for extra browning and cubed the apples instead of slice and it came out perfect. A definite favourite in our house now.
    25th Mar, 2018
    I must be the only person in the English speaking world who cannot get the crumble to crumble. My topping has the consistency and look of playdoh. I only hope it tastes ok.
    24th Mar, 2018
    In my opinion oats, like nuts ruin a good crumble. Also personally I wouldn't press the crumb down it only becomes too hard, just spoon it on and you get lovely chewy juices bubbling through in the odd bit.
    10th Mar, 2018
    Simply and tasty dessert, lovely. I baked my crumble too long as I wanted it to be more brown on top but 40 mins was long enough, no more than that. Still, it was a nice treat.
    9th Feb, 2018
    Perfect - I just added a shake of cinnamon and a sprinkling of ground cloves and it is now my 4yo most requested pudding!
    22nd Nov, 2017
    Pretty much perfect and needs no alteration. I tend to leave it in the oven just a little longer, since I like it a *little* more caramelised with a bit of juice beginning to bubble up. A tiny bit of nutmeg with the apple can make a nice change, but lovely.
    6th Nov, 2017
    Fool proof recipe for apple crumble. My 5 and 7 year old made this tonight and despite butter, flour and sugar flying all over my kitchen, the end result was delicious.
    4th Nov, 2017
    Fantastic! I have made a few alple crumbles in the past but non as nice as this! I added an extra cooking apple, also sprinkled a tsp of cinnamon on top!
    3rd Apr, 2017
    Easy and delicious! A favourite to use up apples that are past their best fresh,...
    19th Mar, 2017
    Very easy recipe and great results. I add a sprinkle of cinnamon to the apples and add the oats and a handful of chopped almonds to the topping. My husband's favourite pudding


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    7th Dec, 2015
    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 :(