classic apple crumble

  • 5 medium Granny Smith (green) apples (900g), peeled, cored and cut into 2cm dice
  • ½ cup (110g) caster (superfine) sugar 
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice 
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • store-bought vanilla ice-cream, to serve 

crumble topping

  • 1½ cups (225g) plain (all-purpose) flour 
  • ¾ cup (165g) caster (superfine) sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • 1 cup (90g) rolled oats 
  • 225g unsalted butter, melted
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Place the apple, sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon in a large bowl and mix to combine. Transfer to a 1.5-litre-capacity ovenproof dish. 
  2. To make the crumble topping, place the flour, sugar, cinnamon, oats and butter in a large bowl and mix until just combined. 
  3. Spoon the crumble mixture over the apple and place the dish on a large baking tray. Bake for 40–45 minutes, or until the crumble is golden and the apples are soft. Serve with vanilla ice-cream. Serves 6.
Reader ratings (3.38) 321251
Shellie Froidevaux

DELICIOUS! I had two servings it was so good! I added chopped almonds to my crumble for added crunch.

Andrea Drummond

Yummiest Apple crumble - easily veganised by replacing the butter with nuttelex.  Running short on time so I used tinned apples and used ground raw sugar instead of caster sugar. Easily the best crumble ever!!

Nemia Fennell

OMG this is the best apple crumble and my family love it. I made it twice already and I reduced the sugar to half, golden syrup to 1/4 cup and I use wholemeal SRF.

Janine Coveney

OMG this was amazing and so quick and easy.  I love that you don’t fuss around rubbing the butter into the flour for the crumble topping.  Everyone devoured it!

donna hay team

Hi Caroline, you could substitute plain flour for a gluten free flour like a 1 to 1 baking flour. Quinoa flakes do tend to have a strong flavour, we recommend puffed brown rice. Happy baking! The DH Team

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Caroline Turnbull

I was wondering if you could substitute plain flour with gluten free flour and the oats with quinoa flakes to make it gluten free?

Clarissa Hilbig

I too have made this recipe many times over even altered it using pears, added banana slices to the top of apples, or oranges slices layered over the apples before adding the crumble mix all have had glowing critiques. This is a brilliant recipe! Thank you team!

Leoda Smalley

I have made this recipe multiple times and have always had great comments.  I have reduced the sugar by half in both topping in the main as they are sweet enough. Lovely to serve with ice cream and or pouring cream.

Robert Cannon

I’ve actually tried combining apple and rhubarb in this recipe, using half of each. Not sure if it comes out as well as using just apples though.

Carly Rurehe

This is without a doubt the BEST crumble I’ve ever eaten. And I have eaten plenty! My first time making a crumble and I used my flash casserole dish. It was sublime.

donna hay team

Hi Mary, yes, you can double the recipe. However, we haven’t tested this so we can’t guarantee the cooking time. Let us know how you go! The DH Team.

Moon Ho

I tried it and it taste fantastic! Love it! I use raw sugar for topping for more crunch.

J Kaur

It was really delicious! Just that the apples were a little too sweet…. was still loved by the family! What a wonderful winter dessert!

Carlee Brake

I have made this recipe twice now however I altered the amount of sugar. I added no sugar in with the apple mixture and only 1/3Cup in the crumble mixture. YUM

Mary Sorsok

am i able to double the quantity in a dish that is 3L capacity, or does the cooking time change?

Johanna Toms

I doubled this recipe for friends and I put in less butter in the crumble, it turned out perfectly!

Kirsty Griffiths

Just made it for dessert - turned out perfect and very satisfying

Barbara Reinhartz

My niece made it yesterday. It was delicious!

Susanna Grilli

Delicious! One of the nicest apple crumbles I have made. I felt that there was too much sugar in both the apple and the crumble however. Next time I will add only 2 tablespoons of sugar to the apples and 1/4 less sugar to the crumble.





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