Apple crumble in a round decorative dish with serving spoon

The best apple crumble

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(177 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 a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

    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. Heat the oven to 190C/170 fan/gas 5.

    2. Toss 575g peeled, cored and sliced Bramley apples with 2 tbsp golden caster 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.

    3. Put 175g plain flour and 110g golden caster sugar in a bowl with a good pinch of salt.

    4. Slice in 110g cold 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).

    5. Pour the crumb mix over the apples to form a pile in the centre, then use a fork to even out.

    6. 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.

    7. Sprinkle 1 tbsp rolled oats and 1 tbsp demerara sugar over evenly, if you wish.

    8. 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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    Izzy D's picture
    Izzy D
    28th Jun, 2020
    This recipe is amazing!! I added some cinnamon to the apples when I tossed them which I highly recommend doing :)
    14th Jun, 2020
    Made this yesterday for my elderly parents, it was a hit which is great considering my Mum is old school and always made her own crumble. I added a tsp of ground cinnamon to the apple part and left it about 10 mins longer in the oven, but other than that followed the recipe exactly. Very easy to make, and have made another one today.
    12th Jun, 2020
    Used 5 medium/large apples instead of 3 and added a little cinnamon, left in the oven a little longer than recommended for extra crunch. It was perfect!
    Zubia Bukhari's picture
    Zubia Bukhari
    3rd May, 2020
    Lovely and easy to follow recipe. A few things I'd change- add cinnamon to the apples and less sugar. One more apple needed otherwise it was too crumb heavy, or reduce the amount of crumble.
    Richard Metcalfe's picture
    Richard Metcalfe
    13th Apr, 2020
    Absolutely superb. I'm quite the crumble snob and bemoan the consistency of the crumble mix when baked. I did leave it in the oven another ten minutes to get my desired level of crisp and also added a teaspoon of cinnamon to the apple phase of the recipe. Hats off to the author, absolutely divine.
    31st Mar, 2020
    Can someone help me.. when I follow this recipe with the measurements listed I end up with a dough consistency rather than breadcrumb which I know is wrong!?
    Caroline de'Berry's picture
    Caroline de&#03...
    1st Apr, 2020
    The butter (marg is too soft and often causes a dough) needs to be cold as do your hands and kitchen. When rubbing the mixture use only the tips of your fingers, lifting and rubbing lightly in almost a sifting effect. If you struggle then you can add the butter and flour to a pulsing mixer, although it comes out finer it still works, then lightly stir in the sugar and oats if using them.
    Sukhdeep Kaur's picture
    Sukhdeep Kaur
    26th Mar, 2020
    as someone who is a hopeless student, this tasted amazing and gave me hope i could bake!! recommend
    8th Feb, 2020
    Very nice
    Zoe Davies's picture
    Zoe Davies
    15th Oct, 2019
    Very good


    29th Sep, 2019
    Why so bad
    Olivero Davinci and Cammy's picture
    Olivero Davinci...
    19th Apr, 2020
    the butter needs to be cold and cut into cubes. (same as the apples) and when you put the crumble on top of the apples dont press it down make sure that it is crumbly. hope i could help.
    3rd Jun, 2020
    This is really easy to make vegan - you can use vegan spread instead of butter. You can also get away with using 50g of sugar for the crumble topping - 110g is very sweet. Cinnamon powder in the apple mixture is fantastic.
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    Olivero Davinci...
    19th Apr, 2020
    i really enjoyed this recipe and found it really easy to make. would definatley make it again. though when i did it i cut the apple chunky squirted lemon juice with the sugar and left them in a clingfilm covered bowl for 10 mins. after that i broke them into smaller chunks, covered them with the crumble and baked until golden brown. dont follow the time that they recommend because it comes out uncooked. overall a definant 10/10 from me and my friends.
    25th Nov, 2019
    Great simple recipe .. Add a teaspoon of ground ginger to the crumble mix.. takes it to a whole new level
    1st Sep, 2018
    In order to make my crumble really crisp, I pre-cook the crumble mix by putting the prepared mix into a cast iron frying pan (no need to add any fat) and heating it up, stirring all the time. It first goes very strange and soggy but then it cooks completely and goes beautifully crisp and crumbly. I then pour it onto a baking sheet and spread it out to cool. If you use this method, you need to pre-cook the filling as well, separately. Then put your cooked filling in your dish, top it with the pre-cooked crumble and heat it up in a hot oven for 20 minutes or so (from cold, less if your fruit is still hot). Works perfectly every time!
    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 :(
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