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How to make a classic apple crumble

Fill your house with the warm, comforting scent.

This easy recipe will fill your house with the warm, comforting scent of apple crumble. Tender baked apples delicately spiced with cinnamon and a sweet and crumbly topping. Served with a generous dollop of cream or custard, it’s the ultimate comfort dessert.

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Apple crumble


Apple crumble


Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced). Grease deep 1.5-litre (6-cup) baking dish.


Peel, core and quarter apples. Cook apples, sugar and the water in large saucepan over low heat, covered, about 10 minutes. Drain; discard liquid.


Meanwhile, to make crumble, blend or process flours, sugar, butter and cinnamon until combined.


Place apples in dish; sprinkle with crumble. Bake about 25 minutes.

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What is the crumble topping made of?

A classic apple crumble topping is made from flour, butter, sugar and sometimes spices (such as the cinnamon in this recipe). But there are so many variations that you’ll also find crumble recipes with almonds, pecans, rolled oats, desiccated coconut and even golden syrup.

What is the secret to good crumble?

As it’s part of the name, getting your crumble right is an important part of making this recipe (or any other crumble). There’s no real secret if you follow the recipe, but here are a few tips:

  • Get the butter out of the fridge just before you make the crumble to ensure it’s cold, as this helps create the crumbly texture.
  • Stop the food processor when all the crumble ingredients are combined, to avoid over-blending it.
  • Check that the crumble is golden before pulling it out of the oven.
  • Some recipes instruct you to use your fingers to make the crumble, rather than a food processor – like this apple and raspberry crumble. This can give you different sized crumbs that some people enjoy (but does take a little longer).

More apple crumble recipes

Whether you love to treat yourself with an apple crumble for morning tea or indulge in a decadent delight for dessert, an apple crumble is the perfect fit for any occasion. So, we’ve pulled together our most delicious easy apple crumble recipes, from the classic to versions featuring all manners of complementary fruits including blueberries, strawberries and apricots. Serve them up with cream, ice-cream or custard and enjoy!

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