Apple crumble in a round decorative dish with serving spoon

The best apple crumble

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(121 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. 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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    Zoe Davies's picture
    Zoe Davies
    15th Oct, 2019
    Very good
    29th Aug, 2019
    Really simple and easy recipe that turns out so delicious. I added ginger and cinnamon to the crumble and apples and I thought this gave it a nice bit of extra flavour.
    Layla Mohammed's picture
    Layla Mohammed
    30th Jul, 2019
    This was brilliant! I used a mix of dark brown and caster sugar instead of golden and used apples, plums and blackberries! It was crunchy and delicious! I definitely will make this again. It was finished as soon as I put it on the table.
    1st Jun, 2019
    Such a lovely simple recipe. So tasty! Ill definitely make again.
    14th Apr, 2019
    I added 20g more of the flour and butter but kept the sugar at 110g and didn't press the crumble down, just spread it lightly with a fork. Turned out well.
    9th Dec, 2018
    Tasted delicious cooked mine in a bread tin.
    Andrew Morris-Costigliola's picture
    Andrew Morris-C...
    14th Sep, 2018
    Great little recipe this one!
    1st Sep, 2018
    this is a nice's very helpful
    Applecrumblelover's picture
    27th Jul, 2018
    As an apple crumble enthusiast, I was immensely let down by this recipe. My crumble was to thick and therefore impossible to eat. I left it in for the recommended 40 mins and when my dearest crumble came out of my 4d hot air oven it was as hard as a rock! When I cut into my glorious apple crumble I discovered that the apple and the crumble weren’t even connected! The quality of my apple crumbles are usual deviné but this disgraceful excuse for an apple crumble really upsets me. I hope my fellow apple crumble enthusiasts will take this as a warning. Beware this apple crumble recipe beware. Sincerely- Applecrumblelover
    20th Oct, 2018
    Two things wrong with this recipe. 1 do not press down or fork the topping this encourages the mix to solidify. Just spoon in heaps all over and don't touch you will get a delightful crumbly topping. 2 Do not add oats. For the very best crumble check out Simon Hopkinson's Rhubarb crumble from his book and TV show "The good cook" use whatever fruit you like. Trust me you will not find a better recipe anywhere.


    29th Sep, 2019
    Why so bad
    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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