Apple crumble recipe

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Our apple crumble recipe is ready in 40 minutes and is easy to prepare ahead.

Apple crumble recipe
(Image credit: Future)
  • Nut-free
Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time30 mins (may need 5 mins extra)
Total Time40 mins
Five A DayOne
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories604 Kcal30%
Sugar39 g43%
Fat26 g37%
Salt0.03 gRow 3 - Cell 2
Protein8 g16%
Carbohydrates86 g33%
Salt0.03 gRow 6 - Cell 2

This apple crumble recipe serves six to eight people and is 604 calories per portion. 

The crumble topping in this recipe has a mixture of oats and flour for an interesting texture. Demerara sugar adds a wonderful crunch but you can use caster or brown sugar if that’s what you have in the cupboard. 


  • 900g Bramley apples, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

For the crumble:

  • 175g butter
  • 225g plain flour
  • 100g demarara sugar
  • 175g jumbo oats




  1. Heat the oven to 200C (180C fan, Gas 6). Put the apple slices, caster sugar and cinnamon into a large ovenproof dish and mix so that everything is evenly distributed.
  2. In a large bowl, rub together the butter, flour, sugar and oats until evenly mixed and you have some larger clumps of crumble topping.
  3. Scatter the crumble over the apple mixture in an even layer then bake for 30-35 minutes or until golden on top and the apples are tender.
  4. Serve your warm apple crumble with cream or ice-cream, if liked.

Watch how to make this apple crumble recipe

Top tips for making this apple crumble recipe

If you have a food processor, place the flour, butter and sugar in the bowl and pulse until the butter is thoroughly mixed in. Add the oats and blend again. Scatter over the apples as before for a lighter, more sticky apple crumble. Continue reading for tips on the best apples and how to keep leftovers. 

What apples for a crumble recipe?

Our apple crumble recipe uses Bramley apples but you can opt for Braeburn, Pink Lady or cooking apples you’ve picked straight from the garden.

Whichever type of apple you choose, this recipe recommends that you peel, core and chop the apples into chunks before cooking. This will make sure they cook quickly and evenly.

What to serve with apple crumble?

Apple crumble can be served on its own but many people like to enjoy it with a drizzle of  double cream or a scoop of ice cream. Another popular choice is homemade vanilla custard.

Food writer Jessica Ransom says: ‘If the crumble is very sweet I like to serve with a generous dollop of creme fraiche for a tangy but rich contrast in flavours. You can also serve the crumble with yogurt or clotted cream makes a delicious but indulgent choice.’ 

How to store leftover apple crumble?

Leftover apple crumble can be kept in the fridge in an airtight container or covered in clingfilm (if the dish you’re using is refrigerator-safe) for up to two days.

It can be reheated in portions in the microwave until piping hot but it can also be served cold if you like. 

Make sure you prepare the apples properly by peeling them and removing the core. This affordable kitchen tool from Brabantia makes it an easy task. 

Brabantia Apple Corer, Aubergine Red - View at Amazon

Brabantia Apple Corer, Aubergine Red - View at Amazon

We like the soft hand of the corer and the serrated blade makes it easy to remove the core of the apple in one go. Choose from a variety of colours and hang in your kitchen for easy access or store it in your cutlery drawer. 

Crumbles are an easy dessert to make with seasonal fruit. From April to late summer you could make rhubarb crumble and from August to October plum crumble is a must try. Another one for the warmer months is our peach crumble.

Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 12 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodtoKnow, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create exclusive videos - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies