Classic Apple Crumble Recipe [video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 5 reviews

Desserts Pies and Tarts Recipes Thanksgiving Recipes

Cook time Cook time: 30 minutes

Apple Crumble is a harmonious balance of sweetness and tartness in one easy recipe! Made with a few ingredients, this recipe is done in less than one hour!

If you are out of dessert ideas, try this easy recipe along with some of our other favorites like the Strawberry Tiramisu, Chocolate Cake, and Lemon Pound Cake!

Classic Apple Crumble

This Apple Crumble recipe is made with Granny Smiths, spiced up with cinnamon and nutmeg, and topped with mixed nuts and oats! It is flavorful and has different textures yet so simple. And that makes this dessert so popular.

With just a few months till fall, apple season is fast approaching. Making this easy recipe timely for all your fall party preparations, including Thanksgiving! But don’t get me wrong, you can make this all year round for any occasion. It is easy to make and, with little effort, you can feed a multitude!

What is Apple Crumble

It is a British dish that was invented during World War II when food rationing was a thing. With limited ingredients, people came up with toppings made of flour, fat, and sugar. Instead of making a pie, they invented the crumble!

It is a dessert that is baked with the top forming a crumbly layer – hence, the name. In America, there is a similar dessert called a crisp.

How to make Apple Crumble

  1. Preheat the oven: Do this at a temperature of 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Prepare the fruit: Peel and cube the Granny Smiths and then, sprinkle with cornstarch, sugar, and spices. Also, pour some lemon juice. Spread out the seasoned cubes in a baking dish.
  3. Prepare the topping: Once you have mixed the ingredients, spread it out on top while breaking up big chunks in between fingers.
  4. Bake: Pop it in the oven for about 30 to 40 minutes. Once golden brown, remove from the oven.
  5. Rest: Let the dessert rest for about 10 more minutes before serving.

How to make Apple Crumble topping:

The main ingredients to make the topping are butter, sugar, and flour. But for this recipe, we add in more ingredients that are not only delicious but also add more crunch. Just combine everything in a bowl until the texture becomes sand-like.

What apples are best for Apple Crumble:

I personally like Granny Smith green ones for this because this variant has a nice touch of tartness to it. It balances out the sweetness of the sugar perfectly. But any kind will do.

In this recipe, we use the apple, but you can also use other fruits like berries and pears.

Apple Crumble Variations:

  • Gluten-Free: Just follow the same recipe but make the appropriate substitution like flour to all-purpose gluten-free flour. Make sure you use gluten-free oats. When processed in a facility that is not gluten-free as in many commercially available brands, you cannot be sure. This is also true for the nuts though naturally, they are gluten-free.
  • Mixed Fruits: Add a variety of other fruits, like pears and even plums or peaches, to add different textures and more flavor.
  • Mixed Nuts: Add a variety of mixed nuts to the topping and filling, almonds, macadamia, and pecans are great choices.

Storing Recommendations:

  • Make it in advance: Make a big batch and refrigerate the leftovers once they have cooled down completely. You can reheat within two days at the same temperature it was baked at. You can even keep it at room temperature for up to two days.
  • Refrigerate it: Store it in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
  • Freeze it: You can assemble everything first, freeze, and then, thaw and bake on the day you would need it. This is also another way on how to make this in advance.

Serving Suggestions:

This dessert is versatile as you can serve it hot or cold. If you want to serve it hot, you can add whipped cream. Otherwise, it can be enjoyed cold with some vanilla ice cream!

More homemade apple recipes:

  1. Apple bread
  2. Homemade apple pie cheesecake
  3. Coffee cake apple pie
  4. Instant Pot apple butter
  5. Apple pie danish

Recipe Tips

  • You can make double the toppings required and store the leftovers in the fridge for up to a week. With this, you can simply peel and cut up some apples to make a new batch to satisfy your cravings.
  • Feel free to change up the ratio of the spices according to your preferences.
  • If you use apples that are on the sweet side, cut back on the sugar on the toppings but not on the filling. It is the sugar that makes the filling caramelize nicely.
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5 from 5 reviews

Classic Apple Crumble

Apple Crumble is a harmonious balance of sweetness and tartness in one easy recipe! Made with a few ingredients, this recipe is done in less than one hour!

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 8 servings
Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Total time: 50 mins


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Nutrition information

Calories: 480 Carbohydrates: 78 Protein: 4 Fat: 18 Saturated Fat: 8 Cholesterol: 30 Sodium: 112 Potassium: 310 Fiber: 5 Sugar: 51 Vitamin A: 445 Vitamin C: 6.7 Calcium: 88 Iron: 2.1
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Melissa Chapman

Who knew the history of apple crumble was during wartime? I love apple in dessert so I have to make this great recipe it looks so amazing.


Sarah Bailey

OK hand on heart one of my favourite desserts just has to be apple crumble with a nice load of custard! Delicious! I'll have to check out your recipe.



I made one of these a few months ago. It was so tasty! I need to make another one for an upcoming picnic.


Ruth I

Wow, I am starting to love this recipe already. I think it would just have a good balance of flavor it has. Too easy to prepare as well.


Jenn @ EngineerMommy

This is my one of my husband's favorite desserts. I would totally love to try your recipe and make this over the weekend.


Jenn @ EngineerMommy

This is my one of my husband's favorite desserts. I would totally love to try your recipe and make this over the weekend. I'm sure it'll be a hit.



I love apple crumble. It is such a homey and comforting dessert, and who doesn't like apples?


Vyjay Rao

This Apple Crumble recipe sounds irresistible. Loved reading about the genesis of the Apple Crumble and how it evolved. But of course, I am sure nothing can beat the taste.



YUM!! That looks absolutely delicious! Perfect as the dessert for a summer cook out too.



This looks so good. Apple crumble is my favorite kind of crumble. I've never made it before myself though. Looking forward to giving this a try.


Rika Agustini

You are the queen of desserts! I love apple crumble, always add ice cream as a topping!



This looks like a great recipe! I love apple crumble and this looks amazing! I can't wait to try it. 



This is a family favorite. My grandma used to make this when i was younger.


Terri Steffes

This looks incredible. I know my family would love it. I know because i make a peach version and they love it. 


Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place

This apple crumble recipe sounds amazing! And how can you go wrong with ice cream on top? Yumm!


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