Apple and rhubarb crumble recipe

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Our apple and rhubarb crumble is ready in under an hour and a portion counts as one of your 5-a-day

apple and rhubarb crumble
(Image credit: Future)
Preparation Time15 mins
Cooking Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Five A DayOne
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories288 Kcal14%
Sugar43.2 g48%
Fat4.8 g7%
Saturated Fat2.4 g12%
Salt0.15 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein4.0 g8%
Carbohydrates57.0 g22%
Salt0.15 gRow 7 - Cell 2

This apple and rhubarb crumble serves six and requires only eight ingredients. 

The combination of sweet apples, tart rhubarb and our crunchy crumble topping is so simple but satisfying. In only 15 minutes this humble dessert is prepared and ready for the oven. Serve with vanilla custard or ice cream if you like. 


  • 600g (1lb 5oz) rhubarb, sliced into 5cm (2in) lengths
  • 450g (1lb) Bramley apples, cored, peeled and cut into thick wedges
  • 150g (5oz) golden caster sugar
  • 25g (1oz) butter, cubed
  • 50g (2oz) plain flour
  • 100g (4oz) luxury muesli
  • 50g (2oz) light muscovado sugar
  • pinch of cinnamon




  1. Heat the oven to 220C (200C, Gas 7). Put the rhubarb, apples and caster sugar in a large roasting tin and roast for 20 minutes until softened and lightly charred.
  2. Put the butter and flour in a food processor and whizz until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Mix in the muesli, muscovado sugar and a pinch of ground cinnamon.
  3. Spoon the cooked fruit into a baking dish and scatter over the crumble mixture. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden and crisp.

Top tips for making this apple and rhubarb crumble

An easy way to add even more crunch to your crumble is to add some chopped nuts to the topping. Pecans or walnuts work especially well with the flavour of apple and rhubarb. 

What spices go with rhubarb?

Cinnamon is a popular spice to use in crumbles and pairs very well with rhubarb. You could also use ground ginger or a little star anise for a warming, aromatic flavour.

What fruit goes best with rhubarb?

Because of the sharp flavour of rhubarb it pairs nicely with fruits that are on the sweeter spectrum. Apples such as pink lady or jazz are a great match but ripe strawberries and raspberries work nicely too. Orange zest and juice is also sometimes mixed with rhubarb in desserts and brings a wonderful zingy flavour.

What is the secret to good crumble?

Food writer Jessica Ransom says: ‘Using fruit that is in season always helps to deliver the maximum flavour and satisfaction in a dessert like a crumble. There are so few ingredients, you really want each element to shine. I also like to make my crumble topping vary in texture so I like to add nuts, seeds and oats to the mix so that big clumps of crunchy goodness form!’

You can use your hands to make the crumble topping but using a food processor is much quicker. Read Grace Holliday’s Ninja 3-in-1 food processor review here for a detailed explanation of why you should invest.

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You can purchase this food processor in two different colours. It comes with a selection of accessories to make cooking and baking an easy and quick task. There are three different speed settings and many of the parts are dishwasher safe. 

You might also like our classic apple crumble recipe or the Hairy Bikers apple and blackberry crumble. We also have a great crumble cake if you’d prefer a treat you can enjoy with a cup of tea. 

Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodtoKnow and has over 11 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