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Nana’s yummy apple crumble recipe

I know I boasted earlier that my MIL makes the most amazing apple crumble (apple crisp). It’s so true! It has sweet and slightly spicy apples, and a yummy crumble topping. If you’ve never made one, it’s really easy, almost like am upside down pie with a crispy, sweet top. I love making this apple crumble recipe as the temperature dips and the leaves start turning. Not only is it delicious, but it makes  our home smell amazing. You know how I am about fall scents!

Baked apple crumble recipe

There are a few variations on the recipe I want to mention. Nana recommends using a tarter apple, but sweeter apples can be used, the amount of sugar needs to be reduced. If you use really sweet apples, you probably don’t need any at all for the filling. Also, adding the Apple pie spice/Cinnamon to the apples she said is strictly an American thing. Growing up in the UK she said they never used it in their apple crumble recipe, but when she came her, she found she really liked it, so she adds it to hers. She also says she cuts her apple pieces larger into more traditional slices, and gives them a few minutes (approx 10) in the microwave to pre-soften them. I prefer to cube mine really small and shove it all right in the oven, but the texture does en up a little more applesauce like than apple pieces. One last thing, I also prefer brown sugar over white sugar when I make mine. I just like the deeper flavor it brings.

Nana’s Apple Crumble Recipe

In a non-stick or greased 8×8 or 9×9 pan, bake at 350 degrees until the apples are cooked and bubbling, and the crumble topping is light to medium brown on top.

Approximately 35-45 minutes.

Let cool to serve.

Serves 6


ingredients for a baked apple crumble recipe from scratch

For the filling:

3-4 large tart apples such as Granny Smith or baking apples cored,peeled and cubed into dice-size pieces.

1/8-1/4 cup brown sugar

2 tsp apple pie spice or Cinnamon

(Hint, you can use canned or jarred apple pie filling  (21 oz) if you’re in a pinch…no judging here!)

The crumble/crisp:

1 stick butter (cold)

1 1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup brown sugar

brown sugar for baked apple cruble recipe

Combine the apple mixture until it all the apple pieces are coated,and add to the greased pan or baking dish.

Apple crumble recipe coated before topping

Use  a pastry cutter or fork and cut the butter into the flour and sugar until it’s coated and makes small crumble ,sandy size pieces.

unbaked apple crumble topping

 Top with crumble mixture until completely covered and place in pre-heated 350 degree oven until the apples are cooked and bubbling, and the crumble topping is light to medium brown on top.

The apples inside will be a yummy,caramel brown color.

Baked appkle crumble recipe carmel colored apples

Carefully remove from oven, and let cool. Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream!

traditional baked apple crumble recipe

I hope you love this as much as we do! I might have eaten this entire bowl and maybe a little extra the minute I was done photographing it…

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