This homemade Apple Crumble recipe has freshly sliced apples and a sweet crumb topping. Serve it warm with vanilla ice cream and caramel!
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. This apple crumble is the perfect fall dessert!
Apple Crumble Ingredients
The main ingredient in this apple crumble 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. Scroll down for the complete recipe with ingredient measurements.
- 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!
Crumb Topping Ingredients
The crumb topping is what it is all about! This topping is similar to what is on an apple crisp without the oats.
- Flour: All-purpose flour is the main ingredient and it provides structure to the the crumb topping.
- Sugars: The granualted 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 is easy to make! Coat the apples in sugar and spices and top them with streusel before baking until tender. Scroll down for the printable recipe card and complete instructions.
- 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.
- Crumb Topping: Cut the butter into the other crumb topping ingredients and crumble 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.
What is the best way to peel and slice apples?
The best way to peel and slice apples is to use whatever you have available in your kitchen. You can use a knife, like my grandma used to, a combination of a vegetable peeler and a knife, or an apple peeler slicer corer like I did when making this apple crumble.
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.
On the other hand, an apple peeler slicer corer is the fastest way to prepare the apples. 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.
Apple Crumble Frequently Asked Questions
Apple crisp contains oats and sometimes nut in the topping that get 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 in in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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