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Apple Crumble

Apple crumble is the Ultimate comfort dessert. So easy to prepare and you really can’t mess this up!

Over the years I have experimented with this recipe several times and settled on this one. The topping is crunchy but not too crunchy and the apples are perfectly spiced and not too watery or mushy.

I used gala apples which are naturally sweet, if you prefer less sugar you can try granny smith apples.

I decorated it with an Apple rose to finish if off. It just elevates the dessert and makes it super pretty!




Total Time:

  • Prep time 20 mins

  • Baking time 44 mins

  • Total time 1hr 05 mins



Equipment:

  • 10 inch pie dish


Ingredients:


  • 2 lbs Apples

  • Juice of half a lemon

  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • pinch of salt

  • 3 Tbsp flour



Topping

  • 1 cup flour

  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup sugar

  • ½ cup plus 1 tbsp unsalted butter

  • ½ tsp cinnamon

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 1/2 cup oats

  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

  • Pinch of salt


Apple Rose Decoration

  • 1 Red apple

  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice






METHOD:



  • Preheat oven to 375 F

  • Peel, core and chop apples into medium sized chunks

  • Toss them with the lemon juice, sugar, salt, vanilla extract, cinnamon and flour and set aside




  • Make the topping, mix the flour, sugars and cold cubed butter. Rub it with your hands till it resembles fat bread crumbs




  • Stir in the oats, cinnamon, baking powder, salt and nuts

  • Put the apples in your dish first, spoon the crumble on top

  • If you want to decorate with the apple rose make a little shallow well in the center of the crumb

  • Bake for 15 mins at 375 F and then lower the oven to 350 F and bake for 30 mins till golden brown on top and apples are bubbling

  • To make the rose, core the apples and thinly slice them. Put slices in some lemon water and microwave for 1 -2 minutes till soft.

  • Lay them out in a line, overlapping a bit and roll up. Secure with toothpicks and add more slices on the side to make it bigger. Place it in the center of the dessert when done



Enjoy!



Some helpful tips:


  • Your butter should be cold when you rub it in with your fingers. You can also use a pastry blender if you have hot hands

  • Place your dish on a baking tray when you bake it, because the apples bubble up and may make your oven messy



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