Apple Crumble

An apple crumble, which is similar to an apple cobbler or crisp, is a great American classic. Typically a layer of baked fruit topped with a crispy topping, a cobbler is great for parties and can be made extremely quickly. The combination of a crispy top and a soft filling is hard to beat. Served hot with vanilla ice cream, this dessert will surely become a staple. I love making this recipe in a vessel with shallow sides such as a pie dish because I love the higher ratio of crust to fruit that you get. 

Serves: 4


  • For the filling:
    • 4 apples (any kind works fine)
    • 1 tbs cornstarch
    • Pinch of salt
    • Light squeeze of lemon
    • Grating of nutmeg
    • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • For the topping
    • 4 tbs flour
    • 2 tbs sugar
    • 2 tbs brown sugar
    • Pinch of salt
    • 3 tbs butter(cold but not frozen)
    • Grating of nutmeg
    • ¼ tsp cinnamon


  • For the topping:
    • In a medium sized bowl, combine all the dry ingredients and mix
    • Chop the butter into small pieces and add to the dry mixture
    • With your hands or two forks, rub the butter into the flour until you get a dry, pebbly mixture
      • If the mixture is too dry, add a splash of milk
    • Set aside
  • For the filling
    • In a pie tray, combine all the ingredients and mix to combine…there’s not much to it
  • Assembly
    • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Sprinkle on the flour mixture evenly on the apples
    • Bake for 25-35 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the apples are soft
    • Serve hot with ice cream or alone

Chef’s notes:

  • This recipe is one of the easiest things to make and is very forgiving. You can add in more spices/omit some spices if you like. The quantity of ingredients don’t matter that much. Use how much ever feels right
  • I prefer using cold butter instead of frozen. I find that frozen butter is very hard to integrate into the flour and that cold butter works much better.

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