Apple Crumble Recipe

apple crumble

The delightful aroma of freshly baked apple crumble wafting through the kitchen is enough to make anyone’s mouth water. Tender, cinnamon-spiced apples nestled beneath a golden blanket of buttery, oat-studded crumble topping, all baked to perfection. It’s a symphony of flavors and textures that is sure to tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving more.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 cup of versatile all-purpose flour
  • A sweet symphony of 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • A textural twist with 1/3 cup of optional oats
  • A pinch of balance with 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • A dash of warmth with 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • The maestro of moisture, 8 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 2 pounds of apples, the heroes of our dish, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • Sweet serenade with 1/4 cup of white sugar
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • The juice of half lemon
  • 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour to thicken the magic
  • A sprinkle of enchantment with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla to elevate the flavors.
apple crumble

How to Make This How to Make This

Step 1: Preheat and Prepare

  • Begin by preheating your oven to a toasty 350°F (175°C). While the oven works its magic, grease your baking dish, ensuring a smooth exit for our golden crumble masterpiece.

Step 2: Crafting the Crumble

  • In a mixing bowl, unite the all-purpose flour, brown sugar, oats (if you’re opting for that delightful crunch), salt, and cinnamon. It’s time for a symphony of dry ingredients! Stir them together until they form a crumbly texture.

Step 3: The Apple Alchemy

  • In another bowl, introduce your chopped apples to the white sugar, brown sugar, lemon juice, all-purpose flour, cinnamon, and vanilla. Let them mingle until every apple piece is coated in this sugary ensemble.

Step 4: Assembling the Symphony

  • Place half of your crumble mixture at the bottom of your prepared baking dish, creating a foundation for our apple orchestra. On top of this, spread the apple filling evenly.

Step 5: Baking Time

  • Pop your creation into the preheated oven and let it dance in the heat for about 40-45 minutes. You’ll know it’s ready when the top turns a golden brown, and the filling bubbles with tantalizing aroma.

Step 6: The Sweet Reward

  • Once your kitchen is perfumed with the scent of cinnamon-kissed apples, take the apple crumble out of the oven. Let it cool for a bit this not only intensifies the flavors but also avoids any impromptu tongue-burning solos.

Serving Instructions

  • Serve your freshly baked apple crumble with a touch of finesse. Scoop out generous portions onto dessert plates, ensuring each serving captures the essence of both the buttery crumble and the tender apple filling. For an extra indulgence, a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream is the perfect companion to this warm, comforting delight. Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon for a visual feast that matches the taste.

Storage and Freezing Instructions


Storing your leftover apple crumble is as important as relishing the first bite. To keep this dessert masterpiece at its prime, cover the baking dish with plastic wrap or transfer individual portions into airtight containers. Refrigerate it, and your apple crumble will continue to enchant for up to 3-4 days.


Label your frozen treasure with the date, and it will be your companion for up to 2-3 months in the freezer. When the craving strikes, allow it to thaw in the refrigerator overnight. To recapture that freshly baked magic, reheat in the oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 20-25 minutes, or until it regains its crispiness and the aromas fill your kitchen once more.

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Can I use a different type of flour for the crumble?

While all-purpose flour is the star, you can experiment with whole wheat flour or even gluten-free alternatives for a unique twist. Adjust the quantity slightly to maintain the perfect crumbly texture.

Can I substitute brown sugar with white sugar in the crumble?

Swapping brown sugar for white sugar won’t drastically alter the recipe. However, you’ll miss out on the rich, caramel notes brown sugar brings. It’s a trade-off, but the result will still be delicious.

Can I make this apple crumble ahead of time?

Prepare the crumble and apple filling separately, refrigerate them, and assemble just before baking. This way, you can have a freshly baked apple crumble whenever the craving hits.

Can I use any type of apple for this recipe?

Choose your favorite apples or a mix for a dynamic flavor profile. Crisp varieties like Granny Smith add a tartness, while sweeter ones like Honey crisp bring a fruity sweetness. Experiment and find your perfect balance.

Can I skip the oats in the crumble for a smoother texture?

Oats contribute to a lovely crunch, but if you prefer a smoother crumble, feel free to omit them. Your dessert will still boast the same buttery goodness and irresistible flavor.

What’s the best way to reheat leftover apple crumble?

To recapture that fresh-from-the-oven magic, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and bake for about 10-15 minutes. This restores the crispiness while ensuring the flavors remain intact. Microwave works too, but the texture might differ slightly.

apple crumble

Apple Crumble

The delightful aroma of freshly baked apple crumble wafting through the kitchen is enough to make anyone's mouth water. Today, I invite you to join me on a culinary journey as we explore the magic of this classic dessert. Tender, cinnamon-spiced apples nestled beneath a golden blanket of buttery, oat-studded crumble topping, all baked to perfection.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Servings 8
Calories 250 kcal


  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • cup oats (optional)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 8 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2 pounds apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ Juice of a lemon
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • Begin the symphony by preheating your oven to a cozy 350°F (175°C). While the anticipation builds, ensure your baking dish is treated to a light coating of butter or non-stick spray, providing a velvety stage for our crumble performance.
  • In a harmonious blend, combine the all-purpose flour, brown sugar, optional oats, salt, and cinnamon. This is our dry ensemble. Then, pour in the melted butter, uniting the ingredients into a chorus of crumbly goodness. Let this mixture be the anthem of our recipe, a testament to the delightful dance between sweet and savory.
  • In a separate bowl, let the apples take center stage. They'll waltz with white sugar, brown sugar, lemon juice, all-purpose flour, cinnamon, and vanilla. Every piece should be coated in this sweet and zesty melody.
  • With half of your crumble mixture, lay the groundwork in the baking dish. Now, orchestrate the apple filling over this stage, ensuring each note is in its rightful place. Sprinkle the remaining crumble mixture on top, creating a sonorous duet of textures.
  • Let the ensemble bask in the warmth of the oven for approximately 40-45 minutes. The crumble's golden hue and the tantalizing aroma will signal the completion of this culinary ballet.
  • As the final curtain falls, remove the masterpiece from the oven. Let it cool for a while, allowing the flavors to mingle and intensify. Serve each portion with a flourish, for this is not just a dessert; it's a grand finale to a culinary performance.
Keyword Apple Crumble Recipe, Baked Apple Delights, Easy Crumble Topping, Homemade Dessert with Apples
Hey there! I'm Betty Spangler. I love food, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple.