Last night, I made the best apple crumble I’ve ever tasted. I’m honestly amazed at how good it turned out. I ate a second helping before bed – bad I know – but man. It’s tasty. I’m going to make another batch this week with the crab apples my sister gave me. Maybe it’s the tarty taste that makes it so good.
I thought I would share my recipe with you. The last crumble I made turned out to be a sloppy mess. I though this would be too dry with too much flour – but it turned out amazing.
The key to a good crumble is using butter. Butter makes all the difference in the world.
- About 6-7 small crab apples sliced (I left the peel on)
- 3.4 cup of sifted all purpose flour
- 1/3 cup of granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar
- 1/2 cup of rolled or quick oats
- 1/2 cup of unsalted butter – shaved or cut into tiny bits
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt, nutmeg and cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
- Preheat the oven to 375. Grease a 9 inch square baking pan and set aside.
- In a large bowl, add the sifted flour, brown sugar, and spices. Mix using a fork – but not too much.
- Add in the oats, lemon juice and butter. Knead the mixture lightly with your fingers until it forms into “crumbles”
- Wash, peel, core and slice apples into equal sizes. Layer the apples in the pan. Pour the granulated sugar over the apples. You can also use honey, syrup or melted butter to add some more flavour.
- Spread the crumble mixture on top of the apples. Use a fork to even out the topping.
- Cook on the middle rack for about 35-45 minutes or until the apples are fully cooked and the topping comes out a nice toasty brown colour.
- Sprinkle a little sugar (about 1 teaspoon) on the top of the crumble. Garnish with an apple slice or serve with vanilla ice cream.
But honestly, this came out so well and I’m so pleased. I’m not much of a baker – but I’m trying to get out of my comfort zone and try some new recipes. I plan on making a zucchini and cheese loaf and a peach crumble. I might whip up some apple muffins.
I have to admit – I thought the crumble would turn out to be too dry. But I cooked it for a few extra minutes and it turned out well. You may want to experiment with ingredients for best results.
What’s your favorite apple crumble recipe? Let me know in the comments.
Here is another great variation – there are just so many ways to make crumbles and you can use use whatever fruit you’d like- peaches, berries, apples, so many choices!