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Apple Crumble Recipe

Apple Crumble with ice cream
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Apple Crumble with ice cream

Apple crumble is not as hard to master as you may think. We take you through the process with step by step pictures. Instead of apples, other fruit can be used. Rhubarb, gooseberry or cherry are very good.

Watch our video lower down this page showing exactly how we made this apple crumble. Also read some of the comments left by other cooks at the bottom of this page, they may well inspire you to tweak the recipe slightly and make it your own.


3 medium cooking apples

170g / 6oz granulated sugar

170g / 6oz butter or cooking margarine

280g / 10oz Self-raising flour

Nutrition information per portion

: 20 minutes
COOKING TIME: 40 minutes
SERVINGS: 4 servings
EQUIPMENT: 1 medium oven proof dish, scales


Turn your oven on now so that it's pre-heated ready to cook later on! Heat settings are 190°C / Fan 170°C / 375°F / Gas Mark 5.


When apples are peeled and especially when sliced, their attractive white flesh will very quickly turn a 'not-so-attractive' brownish colour. This makes absolutely no difference to the taste, but 'looks' are important. The method described below therefore leaves the peeling and cutting of the apples to the last minute.

There is one 'trick' described at the end to make the crumble surface look really brown and nice, but please do keep an eye on the timing. A brown crumbly topping looks absolutely delicious, but a black and burnt top is not so good.




First, make the 'crumble' mixture. I've tried this with my hands, an electric blender and a fork. I think a fork is best but the experts prefer hands!

Mix the butter / margarine with the flour in a dry bowl using a fork until you have a texture like breadcrumbs. It's not important that every single bit is like breadcrumbs, but try and get most of it like that. This will take about 3 minutes. If you are adding the optional ingredients of oatmeal or Corn Flakes, do it now. Mix it all in well.

Apple crumble mixture
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Apple crumble mixture


Add half (not all) of the sugar to the mixture and mix it all together with a fork or your fingers. This will tend to make the mixture even more like breadcrumbs. That's your crumble mixture made and ready.


Peel the apples and cut each one into four parts. Cut out the core from each of the sections (see picture on the right).

Slice the apple quarters - no need to slice them too thinly, about six slices per quarter section of apple will do just fine.


Put the apple slices into the casserole dish. Sprinkle the remaining sugar evenly over the apples.

Now, evenly spread the 'crumble' mixture over the sugared apples.


Put the apple crumble into the middle of your pre-heated oven at 190°C / Fan 170°C / 375°F / Gas Mark 5 for 40 minutes.

One trick you can use when the crumble is cooked (if the top of of the crumble is not browned) is to put the apple crumble under a hot grill for about 25 seconds to 'brown' the crumble topping. Keep a good eye on it though because 30 seconds too much can result in a very black crumble topping!


When the crumble is cooked, leave it to cool for at least 15 minutes. Beware, apple crumble can stay really hot for an hour or so. Serve hot or cold with ice cream, cream or custard.

If there is any apple crumble left over, cover the dish with tin foil and it will keep in the fridge for a couple of days.

Cooked apple crumble
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Cooked apple crumble

18 RATINGS GIVEN - AVERAGE 4.5 star rating
five star rating
18 September 2013
From: Alison
Loved it and very easy, went down a treat in my house.
five star rating
11 April 2013
From: Kamilla
Absolutely LOVE this recipe, it's my go to one! It's so simple but tastes AMAZING!
five star rating
28 March 2013 2013
From: Funmiae
Simply fantastic! I made 2 crumbles and they were both gone in a matter of seconds from being placed on the table. Thanks so much.
five star rating
03 March 2013 2013
From: Not Given
Easy, excellent crumble topping!
five star rating
24 December 2011
From: Not Given
Great, really nice, thanks.
five star rating
5 January 2012
From: Eva Okere
Absolutely the best apple crumble ever and oh so easy! My kids can't get enough and even my husband who hardly ever comments on my cooking said it was delicious! Will definitely be making this again. Thanks so much.
five star rating
26 January 2012
From: Not Given
I love it so much. Great apple crumble recipe. But one thing, I have tried it with 2 pinches of a lemon and it tastes even better.
five star rating
7 February 2012
From: Ben
This is so good and yummy.
five star rating
8 February 2012
From: Not Given
Quick and easy to make, will be making it again yummee.
five star rating
17 February 2012
From: Not Given
It was great ! :) haha just that you can add more apples and less sugar :)
five star rating
22 February 2012
From: Danielle
Absolutely amazing! The best recipe for apple crumble i have ever seen, so easy to follow instructions! I also added pears into it and that tasted lovely, I would encourage anyone who is interested in baking to try this recipe! I loved it! x
five star rating
3 March 2012
From: Tayler
I made this cake and wanted to take in into work, needless to say that only half made it to work and there were many sulking faces when there was not enough to go round. Its a winner in our book. I'm making 2 more today.
four star rating
7 March 2012
From: Ellie Mary
I'm 12 and that was really easy and nice, but I think there was too much apple :-(
five star rating
13 March 2012
From: Melissaks
This cake is simply fantastic, I was looking 4 a cake to make 4 my brother's little girl. I saw dis one and after making it everybody loved it.
five star rating
17 April 2012
From: Alex
I would like to ask if I put 3 times the recipe for 12 people would it work?
Answer: I haven't tried it for 12 but I have for 6 people and it worked fine. You could make two pies for 6 each to be certain. But I see no reason for it not to work for 12. My advice would be to make the crumble topping in two batches otherwise mixing it might be difficult. Make sure your oven is well pre-heated and be prepared for cooking to take a bit longer - the guide is that when the topping is golden brown it's done. And with such a large amount read the instructions carefully before starting - especially the bit in red about adding only some of the sugar to the crumble mixture - the rest is sprinkled over the apples. Good luck and let us know how you got on.
five star rating
19 April 2012
From: Ren12
Thank you so much for this recipe. I got home from work and was craving for Apple crumble, I found your site and started making it. Just finished eating and it was delicious :-)
five star rating
24 April 2012
From: Zac
Brilliant! So easy and quick!
five star rating
17 July 2012
From: Kay
WOW !!! Simple and quick and taste GREAT !! Beginners, go on and try this recipe:)

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