I hear the sound of rain drops on the window while I am standing in the kitchen. They warn me that autumn has just arrived along with the cold. I feel it’s time to turn on the oven and use my apple crumble recipe!
Every season has its positive side. The autumn rain invites us to stay at home, to retreat and spend time with our loved ones. In my case, it means having quality time with my children and sharing my passion for cooking with them.
At this time of the year there are pleasurable contrasts such as staying indoors, sheltered from the rain and cold, or eating warm homemade apple crumble with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top – there’s nothing like enjoying the moment while eating a delicious dessert!
The crumb is sprinkled on top of the apples, and it is what gives the crunch and flavour to the pie. The crumb layer is what tells you when the apple crumble is ready in the oven. When? When you see the crumb hard and golden brown.
The smell of hot apple coming straight from the oven invites me to enjoy the warmth of home surrounded by my loved ones. This fruity, homely aroma fills the kitchen, and I mentally see myself savouring every spoonful of this British dessert.
And what more could you ask for if this dessert with apple has ingredients with healthy properties! Apples provide vitamins, lots of fibre and regulate the intestine. In Spain we use Reineta for cooking, otherwise you can use Bramley cooking apples or Granny Smith apples.
This traditional British dessert can be eaten warm or cold with a scoop of vanilla ice cream if you like.
How to Make Apple Crumble
1. Preheat the oven to 356°F ( 180°C ).
2. In a bowl, add 1¼ cup of all-purpose flour, ¾ cup of diced unsalted butter, ½ cup of brown sugar and 2 tablespoons of vanilla sugar. Rub in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles bread crumbs. Put it in the fridge to chill for about 20 minutes (or 5 minutes in the freezer).
3. Peel 6 apples ( Reineta or Bramley ) and then cut them into 8 or 10 pieces. Tip: Don’t cut them into very small pieces because they will fall apart when cooked and you don’t want a compote-like texture.
4. In a saucepan, add the apple slices, 90 grams of pitted plums, ¼ cup of unsalted butter, 1 vanilla bean and 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar. Sauté over medium heat until the apple begins to brown.
5. Pour 3 tablespoons of water and lower the heat covering the saucepan with a lid. Let it cook and stir occasionally until the apples are tender.
6. Pour the apple filling into a baking dish and sprinkle the crumbs on top.
7. Bake for 45 minutes. You will see that it is ready when the apple layer is bubbling and the crumble topping is golden brown. Et voilà… You have just made a delicious apple crumble!
More Apple Pie Recipes
If you love this easy apple crumble recipe, you can also try these delicious traditional pies.
- Puff Pastry Apple Tart: The combination of the crunchy puff pastry base and the cream is delicious!
- Tarte Tatin: This is the most well-known inverted tart in French cuisine; it is baked upside down but eaten right side up!
Apple Crumble Recipe
Apple Crumble Topping
- 1¼ cup all-purpose flour (150 grams)
- ¾ cup unsalted butter (150 grams)
- ½ cup brown sugar (100 grams)
- 2 tbsp vanilla sugar (25 grams)
- 6 apples (Reineta or Bramley)
- ¼ cup unsalted butter (60 grams)
- 90 grams pitted plums
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons water
- 1 vanilla bean
- Preheat the oven to 356°F ( 180°C ).
Apple Crumble Topping
- In a bowl mix the flour, butter and sugar with your hands until crumbs form. Put it in the fridge to chill for about 20 minutes (or 5 minutes in the freezer).
- Peel the apples and then cut them into 8 or 10 pieces.
- In a saucepan, add the apple slices, pitted plums, butter, vanilla pod and sugar. Sauté over medium heat until the apples begin to brown.
- Pour 3 tablespoons of water and lower the heat covering the saucepan with a lid. Let it cook and stir occasionally until the apples are tender.
- Pour the apple filling into a baking dish and sprinkle the crumbs on top.
- Bake for 45 minutes. You will see that it is ready when the apple layer is bubbling and the crumble topping is golden brown. Et voilà… You just made a delicious apple crumble pie!