Caramel apple crumble recipe

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Apple crumble is so cheap and easy to make - and this comforting crumble recipe from Phil Vickery is ready in less than an hour. Follow along in our free and easy how to apple crumble recipe video.

Phil Vickery's apple crumble
  • Nut-free
  • Vegetarian
Preparation Time20 mins
Cooking Time35 mins
Total Time55 mins
Five A DayOne
Cost RangeCheap

This caramel apple crumble is the perfect pudding to serve when the weather's turning colder. 

Tart Bramley apples in a sweet, syrupy sauce with a crunchy textured topping - there's not that much to dislike about this caramel apple crumble recipe. Cheap and easy to make, this delicious dessert contains healthy ingredients too like apples, lemons, ground cinnamon and porridge oats. Plus you can even add a handful of dried fruit in if you wanted to mix things up a bit. Allow to cool for a few minutes out of the oven, then serve with thick vanilla custard or ice cream.


  • 4 large Bramley cooking apples
  • 4tbsp olive oil
  • Zest and juice of 1 large lemon
  • 175g unrefined caster sugar
  • 2 pinches of ground cinnamon
  • 115g cold unsalted butter
  • 225g plain flour
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 25g porridge oats




  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6. Peel and core the apples and cut into large chunks.
  2. Heat the oil in a saucepan, add the lemon zest and juice, 175g sugar, cinnamon and then add the apples. Cook for 5 mins to soften slightly.
  3. Tip into a large baking dish roughly 20cm square.
  4. Place the cold butter and flour into a food processor and blitz until you have fine breadcrumbs.
  5. Tip into a bowl and stir through the sugar carefully. Spoon over the top of the stewed apples and sprinkle over the oats.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 30-40 mins or until well-browned. Serve your apple crumble with custard and/or ice cream.

Top tips for making caramel apple crumble:

This recipe can be adapted to be gluten free friendly. Simply use Juvela Gluten free mix with Nairns gluten free oats and Demerara sugar in the crumble mix along with the other ingredients required. Soft brown sugar can also be used on apples instead of granulated.

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Phil Vickery has been part of the This Morning team for over 20 years and his recipes are unsurprisingly a huge hit with families as they are fuss-free, wholesome and delicious. He’s one of the country’s most-loved chefs and is passionate about using locally sourced ingredients to cook classic British dishes. In fact, in Phil’s spare time he likes to spend ours on his farm tending to the land and livestock, which includes pigs.