RECIPE: Traditional Apple Crumble

crumble mix

One of my go-to desserts is an apple crumble. If I need to make a pudding fast that is a crowd pleaser, then this is always my recipe of choice. I make it so often that I do not need to look at the recipe myself now as it is so easy to make. For crumble novices, here is how to make a traditional apple crumble. 

Crumble Mix Recipe

  • 8 oz/ 225 g plain flour
  • 4 oz/ 110 g butter
  • 2 oz/ 60 g caster sugar

Apple Filling Recipe

  • 1 lb / 450g apples
  • 2 oz/ 50 g unrefined brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • Pinch of cinnamon 

How to Make a Crumble Mix

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C/ 350 F/ gas mark 4. 
  2. Weigh out the flour and transfer to a mixing bowl.
  3. Weigh the butter and cut into cubes before adding to the flour.
  4. Rub the butter and flour between your fingers to create ‘crumbs’.
  5. Weigh the sugar and add to the mixing bowl.
  6. Continue to rub the mixture together.
  7. Peel core and chop the apples into small pieces.
  8. Put the apple pieces in a large bowl and sprinkle with the sugar, flour, and cinnamon. Stir so all the apple pieces are coated. 
  9. Transfer the fruit mix to an ovenproof dish.
  10. Cover the fruit with the crumble mix.
  11.  Put in the oven and cook for 40 minutes, or until the crumble mix is golden.




3 thoughts on “RECIPE: Traditional Apple Crumble

  1. Hi Liz,
    The important thing to remember when making a crumble is the size of the container so that the crumble layer is not too deep. Sometimes if the crumble is too deep it can go soggy, rather than be crumbly (your looks pretty good by the way). In top restaurants, they often cook the fruit and the crumble topping separately to keep the crumble topping buttery and crisp and then combine the two when serving.


    1. This is a good point to make. Depending on the fruit I am using in a crumble, I will sometimes cook it first. I like it crisp on the top, but I also quite like it when the lower part of the crumble soaks up a little of the fruit juices.


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