‘A Hug in a Bowl’ with My Comforting Apple Crumble | Recipe

It’s that time of year, dark nights, grey days and lots of rainy days. Sometimes you just need food that’s like a little hug to brighten things up. For me Apple Crumble is the one during times like these.

There’s been a bumper apple crop this year, our local farm shop have had a constant supply for months now. Every time I go past I find myself unable to resist picking up a handful of Bramley Apples. Now whilst I do love an Apple Cake or Apple Pie, an Apple Crumble is easy peasy and can be chucked in the oven just after dinner has cooked so it’s ready when you’re done eating. It also freezes well or keeps for a few days in the fridge. It doesn’t mind being re-heated either. We serve ours with custard, but ice cream can work too.

Apple Crumble

The easiest apple crumble recipe you will ever make for a super tasty dessert.

 Course Dessert

 Cuisine English

 Prep Time 10 minutes

 Cook Time 45 minutes

 Servings 6


For the crumble

  • 300 g Plain flour
  • 175 g Caster sugar
  • 200 g Unsalted butter at room temperature

For the filling

  • 450 Bramley apples (about 4 large ones) peeled, cored and cut into chunks
  • 50 Brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp Plain flour
  • 1 tsp Mixed spice


  1. Preheat the oven to 180c/170c fan.
  2. There’s two ways to do the crumble. If you don’t have a food processor – Place the flour, salt and sugar in a large bowl and mix well. Taking a few cubes of butter at a time rub into the flour mixture. Keep rubbing until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. If you have a food processor – chuck the flour, sugar and butter in, switch on and process until you get bread crumbs.
  3. Place the fruit in a large bowl and sprinkle over the sugar, flour and mixed spice. Stir well to coat the fruit.
  4. Butter a large ovenproof dish. Spoon the fruit mixture into the bottom, then sprinkle the crumble mixture on top.
  5. Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes until the crumble is browned and the fruit mixture bubbling.
  6. Serve with custard, cream or ice cream.

Recipe Notes

You can use cinnamon if you prefer in the filling, but I think mixed spice is wonderful!

You can amend your crumble filling if apples don’t do it for you. Blackberries, bananas and even pineapple make great crumble fillings. You can also switch up the butter for vegan spread so you can make your Apple Crumble vegan/dairy free. Just serve with a dairy free custard or ice cream too. I do love a crumble as they’re so simple to make, you don’t need to be a serious baker to give one a go.

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