Apple crumble in a round decorative dish with serving spoon

The best apple crumble

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(170 ratings)

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 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

      ohtz

      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

    Method

    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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    go1dfinch's picture
    go1dfinch
    19th Mar, 2017
    5.05
    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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    lottylouby
    24th Oct, 2016
    5.05
    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
    2nd Sep, 2016
    5.05
    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
    2nd Sep, 2016
    5.05
    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
    13th Nov, 2016
    How much cinnamon did you use out of curiosity?
    mirjambrady
    2nd Sep, 2016
    5.05
    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
    23rd Aug, 2016
    5.05
    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 :)
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    pookiegirl
    20th Mar, 2016
    3.05
    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
    28th Feb, 2016
    Really lovely pud, dead easy, really tasty. Not healthy, but great comfort food
    katiecooks123
    22nd Nov, 2015
    5.05
    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.

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