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 (3.36) 321251
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.

Josephine Vandezande

This is a fabulous recipe, normally I wouldn’t comment on recipes but this one is amazing. You need to keep the lemon juice in there other wise it’s way too sweet. It gives an acidic flavour that really brings this dessert together. TRY IT OUT NOW. Ha Ha.

Christina Williamson

I made this with gluten free flour and it was amazing. Great recipe!

Naomi Galloway

It was really delicious however I think the recipe calls for way too much butter in the crumble. I had a thick layer of butter around the edges and it didn’t crumble/cook properly, I only had a crumbly crust on top

Deepthakshi Denagama

This is a super easy recipe. Yet it was delicious. Next time I will reduce a bit more sugar. My whole family loved it. Thank you.

Marita Mathews

Absolutely delicious ! I added blueberries as well & brown sugar suggested by the previous comment. I wanted to give this recipe 5 stars , but it didn’t work . So my rating is definitely 5 ! So easy

Natalie Fawcett

Excellent easy recipe, we used brown sugar to replace the castor sugar and this gave it a nice caramel taste…





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