Apple Crumble

Apple Crumble

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Apple crumble (or apple crisp in US and Canada) is a dessert dish of baked apples topped with a crisp crust. I learnt to make this dessert during my secondary school home economics class, ages ago. I have forgotten almost everything I studied in school but I still remember this recipe.

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It remained one of my favourite dessert recipes because it is noob friendly – just a few ingredients, no complicated steps and no need for electrical mixer to prepare the crumble topping. This is the perfect, fuss-free dessert for entertaining. The preparation work is under 15 minutes and I prepare everything beforehand, baking it about 10 minutes before dinner so that it will be piping hot (served with a scoop of ice cream) when served.  There are many ways of making apple crumble – some recipes involve stewing the apples first, and some recipes uses a pie crust (mine kind of resembles an apple cobbler as it do not have the bottom crust). This fuss-free method is what I learnt in school and I absolutely love the speed and simplicity of this recipe. 

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Apple Crumble (Step-by-Step)
Making Apple Crumble Sift the flour and cinnamon powder into a large mixing bowl.
Making Apple Crumble Add cubed butter to sifted flour. Using fingertips, gently rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
Making Apple Crumble Add sugar and mix well with a spoon.
Making Apple Crumble Peel and core the apple. Slice thinly. Arrange apple slices in a greased, shallow baking gratin dish.
Making Apple Crumble Cover apples with the rubbed-in mixture and press lightly with the back of a spoon.
Apple Crumble Bake in the oven until the topping is lightly golden brown.
Apple Crumble

For best results, serve the apple crumble hot with a scoop of ice cream.

Apple Crumble Recipe

Apple crumble (or apple crisp in US and Canada) is a dessert dish of baked apples topped with a crisp crust. This is an easy recipe with only 5 ingredients and no mixer required.

You can bake the crumble in one sharing gratin dish or in individual servings ramekins so that you can serve it directly with a scoop of ice cream. Besides apple, you can also experiment with a combination of apples and rhubarb or berries.

Serves: 2

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 50 grams plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 25 grams butter cut to small cubes
  • 2 tbsp caster or super fine sugar to taste
  • 1 cooking apple such as Golden Delicious & Granny Smith
  • ice cream

Directions

  1. Sift the flour and cinnamon powder into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add cubed butter to sifted flour. Using fingertips, gently rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Add sugar and mix well with a spoon.
  3. Peel and core the apple. Slice thinly. Arrange apple slices in a greased, shallow baking gratin dish or ramekin(s).
  4. Cover apples with the rubbed-in mixture and press lightly with the back of a spoon.
  5. Bake at pre-heated oven of 200°C (392°F) for about 30 minutes, or until the topping is lightly golden brown.
  6. Break crumble to smaller pieces and serve in a dessert glass. Serve hot with a scoop of ice cream.

Noob Cook Tips

  1. Make sure the butter cubes, when added to the flour, is still solid and not melty/liquid.
  2. If the crumble is cooked but the topping is not browned to your liking, you can help brown the crust by using the grill or broil feature of your oven for a few minutes.
  3. If desired, you may also add some uncooked oats to the crumble topping mixture.