As winter draws in I start to crave proper comfort food. A cosy family roast dinner followed by an Apple Crumble, served with cream or ice cream. (FYI I hate custard.) There is something so warming and lovely about a dish like this, part nostalgia, part cosy deliciousness.
So this is my favourite apple crumble recipe. Its traditional to the core, no weird additions or toppings – it tastes to me like the one my granny made, or the huge mega crumbles my mum would make for us all. I am one of five children, all of whom have huge appetites, so my mums recipes are usually on an epic scale so there could be leftovers. She once gave her crumble recipe to my uncle (who has two children) and he looked up startled ‘1lb of flour?!’ In our house? Yup.
Also there was the famous time my sister made the crumble and doubled the volume of topping…(we loved that bit best) It was a crumble monster! Tasted amazing to us, although I don’t remember mum liking it that much, far too stodgy.
For my recipe I prefer to use demerara sugar in the topping, I think it adds a lovely crunchy texture. If you want it really crunchy you could always scatter the topping onto a baking tray and pre-bake it for 10 mins before scattering it onto the apples. But I think a little bit of squishy crumble between the crumble and the fruit is how its meant to be! Tastes like a proper crumble that way.
Because I love them, here is a .gif of me topping the apples with lots of lovely buttery crumble:
I also use Bramley Apples, or cooking apples. I think their sharpness works better with the sweet crumble, and they hold their shape better then softer eating apples. This gives the crumble a better texture, less of an apple puree with crumble on top!
This is the perfect easy dessert, you can pop it into the oven to cook when the roast dinner comes out – and its ready to eat after lunch. My recipe only serves two to three people (I cook it for me and my husband) but its very very easy to scale up if cooking for more people.
- 65g Unsalted Butter, Cubed
- 65g Demerara Sugar
- 110g Plain Flour
- 2 Bramley (cooking) Apples
- Teaspoon of caster sugar
- ¼ Teaspoon Allspice
- 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- Few grates of Lemon Zest
- Preheat the oven to 180'C.
- Place the butter, flour and sugar into a blender and blitz for a few seconds. (Alternatively place in a large mixing bowl and combine by rubbing the butter into the flour and sugar with your fingertips, until it has a breadcrumb texture.)
- Peel, core and slice your apples.
- Place the apples into an ovenproof dish, along with the Allspice, Cinnamon, Caster Sugar and Lemon Zest and stir.
- Gently sprinkle the crumble mixture onto the top of the apples until well covered with an even layer.
- Place the crumble into the middle of the oven for 30 - 40 minutes or until the topping is golden.
- Serve with cream, ice cream or custard.
Looking for more crumble recipes?
Pear and Cardamom Crumble by Recipes from a Pantry
Apple, Walnut and Blackberry Crumble by Family Friends Food
Dairy and Gluten Free Apple and Carrot Crumble by Munchies and Munchkins
Sweet Cherry Crumble Crisp by Kavey Eats