This homemade Apple Crumble Recipe is packed with fresh apples and an apple crumble topping. It’s easy to make and even better than pie!
I’ve got to admit that I love apple desserts even more than pumpkin ones! Maybe it has to do with having an apple tree in our yard growing up and fond memories of visiting the apple orchards. So I’m excited to share this recipe and hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
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Why You’ll Love This Recipe
This apple crumble recipe is the perfect apple dessert for several reasons. The first is that it is easy to make and does not include a pie crust. The second is that it is made in a 9×13-inch pan, so there is plenty to share. And finally, the crumb topping takes it to the next level in terms of flavor and texture. Don’t forget the vanilla ice cream and caramel syrup on top!
The main ingredient in this crumble recipe is the apples! They are the star of the dessert. The rest of the ingredients, which are pantry staples, combine to make the apples really shine.
- Apples: Tart, crisp apples, such as Granny Smith, are the best choice for this recipe. To get 10 cups of diced apples, you’ll need 8-10 apples, depending on their size.
- Sugars: We used a combination of granulated sugar and brown sugar in this crumble recipe. You could use all of one or the other if you prefer.
- Flour: The flour helps thicken the sauce in the apple crumble.
- Spices: We only used two spices in this recipe: ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg. You could add a little allspice as well!
Crumble Topping Ingredients
The apple crumble topping is what it is all about! It adds flavor and texture. This topping is similar to what is on an apple crisp without the oats. This dessert is like a Dutch apple pie made in a 9×13-inch pan without the bottom crust.
- Flour: All-purpose flour is the main ingredient, and it provides structure to the crumb topping.
- Sugars: The granulated sugar and brown sugar provide sweetness, flavor, and crunchiness to the streusel topping.
- Cinnamon: We added a little cinnamon for some extra goodness in the topping.
- Butter: The cold butter is sliced into small cubes so that it can easily be cut into the other ingredients forming a crumbly mixture.
How To Make Apple Crumble
This apple crumble recipe is easy to make! Coat the apples in sugar and spices and top them with apple crumble topping before baking until tender. It’s easier to make than pie because there aren’t pie crusts to make. Plus, it feeds more than a pie because it is made in a 9×13-inch pan.
Apples: The step that takes the longest is peeling and dicing all of the apples. See below for my favorite tool for making this step easier. Once the apples are ready, mix them with the granulated sugar, brown sugar, flour, ground cinnamon, and ground nutmeg. Spread them out in a greased 9×13 pan.
Topping: Cut the butter into the other crumb topping ingredients.
Spread: Spread it over the top of the coated apples in the pan.
Bake: Then, bake it at 375˚F for 40-50 minutes. You want the apples to be tender and the crumb topping to be golden.
Serve: The sauce in the apple crumble will thicken as it cools. We like eating it warm with vanilla ice cream and caramel on top.
How To Peel Apples
The best way to peel and slice apples is with an apple peeler slicer corer like the one we used when making our apple crumble. You put the apple on the prongs and simply turn the crank to peel, slice, and core the apple. It cuts the apple into a spiral, and the slices are somewhat thin. You can then cut them into bite-sized pieces.
On the other hand, you can use a knife, as my grandma used to, or a combination of a vegetable peeler and a knife. The advantage of using knives is that everyone has them in their kitchens, and they also give you full control of exactly how you want the apples sliced. You can make thick or thin, large or small pieces.
Frequently Asked Questions
Apple crisp contains oats and sometimes nuts in the topping that gets crisp when baking. Apple crumble does not contain oats and is topped with a streusel that is a mixture of flour, sugar, butter, and cinnamon.
Use a crisp tart apple to offset all of the sweetness of the dessert. Also, use crispy apples that won’t turn mushy while baking, such as Granny Smith, Empire, and Honeycrisp. Granny Smith is a popular choice because they are often cheaper than some of the other apples.
Yes, after cooling the apple crumble completely, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil. Store it in the freezer for up to 3 months.
More Apple Recipes
- The easy Apple Fritter recipe is a fall favorite.
- Make extra Apple Pie Filling and store it in the freezer!
- This Apple Cobbler is made with only four ingredients.
- Homemade Dutch Apple Pie has a streusel topping!
Apple Crumble Recipe
- Put diced apples in a bowl. Add granulated sugar, brown sugar, flour, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir to coat.
- In a separate bowl, mix together flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and ground cinnamon. Cut in butter until crumbly.
- Spread the coated apples in a greased 9×13 pan. Sprinkle crumble topping over apples.
- Bake at 375˚F for 40-50 minutes, until the apples are tender and the crumble topping is golden.
- Serve warm with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce.
- Fridge: Allow it to cool completely, cover the dish, and store it in the fridge for up to four days.
- Freezer: After completely cooling the apple crumble, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and then in aluminum foil. Store it in the freezer for up to 3 months. Allow it to thaw in the fridge.
- Reheating: You can reheat it in the oven at 350˚F for 10-15 minutes or in the microwave on high for 1-2 minutes, depending on your microwave.