Apple Crumble is loaded with juicy cinnamon-sugar apples and a sugar cookie-like topping that melts in your mouth.
It’s a simple dessert that is destined to please a crowd! Spoon yourself a bowl of this warm apple crumble and top it off with a melty scoop of vanilla ice cream.
It’s time to lean into those fall vibes. 🍂
My dad loved this dessert so much that he stashed it away so no one else could get their hands on it. That’s what I call a success!
Why KJ Loves
A cozy, warm apple crumble recipe topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream is perfect for the cooler weather months and holidays! I love how easily this recipe comes together and how your whole house smells so warm and inviting while its baking!
An Apple Dessert Without Oats
Apple crisp generally gets all the attention.
But apple crumble is an equally as delicious dessert option.
While apple crisp is topped with a crunchy, oat-based topping, apple crumble is usually oat-free.
Apple crumble topping is made with flour, sugar, and butter. It’s generally softer, with a melt-in-your-mouth texture.
What Makes This the Best Apple Crumble?
When the busyness of fall kicks in, it can be hard to find much time to bake. This is an easy apple crumble recipe with just seven ingredients and a few steps.
Even though this dessert may seem simple, don’t underestimate it!
It’s full of warmth and fall flavors — from the almond-scented, buttery crumble to the sweet, juicy apple filling.
Topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, this apple dessert is simply irresistible!
The Right Balance of Tart & Sweet
For the best apple crumble, I recommend using Granny Smith apples. They have a tart flavor that perfectly balances out the sweetness of the crumble.
If you’re using a less tart apple, reduce the sugar slightly so your crumble isn’t too sweet.
Regular Apple Crumble Ingredients
For the apple filling:
Granny Smith apples
Peeled, cored, and sliced into 1/4-inch thick slices
A combo of brown sugar and regular sugar
Regular all-purpose or gluten-free
For the crumble topping:
Regular all-purpose or gluten-free
To make this dairy-free, you can substitute with ½ cup melted coconut oil.
Apple Crumble Variations
Gluten-Free Apple Crumble
To make this apple crumble recipe gluten-free, use your favorite gluten-free flour.
Dairy-Free Apple Crumble
To make this apple crumble dairy-free, substitute the butter for ½ cup coconut oil (measure when melted).
Instead of using regular sugar and brown sugar, you can substitute maple syrup and coconut sugar.
For the filling, use ½ cup coconut sugar and ¼ cup maple syrup.
For the topping, use ½ cup coconut sugar.
How to Make Apple Crumble
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Make the apple filling.
Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl and toss to coat the apples completely. Pour the apple mixture into a 9×13 pan or large pie pan.
Make the crumble topping.
In a medium bowl, mix together all of the ingredients until a cookie/crumbly topping has formed.
Top the apple filling with an even layer of crumble topping.
Bake the apple crumble.
Bake until the top is golden brown and the apple filling is bubbling and caramelized.
Serve warm topped with vanilla ice cream. Drizzle with warm, salted caramel for an extra treat!
Wash the dishes. How sad.
Apple Crumble FAQ
What is the difference between apple crisp and apple crumble?
While apple crisp and apple crumble are similar desserts, the main difference lies in their toppings. Apple crisp typically has an oat-based topping, while apple crumble has a more classic crumbly topping made with flour, sugar, and butter. Both are equally tasty, so it ultimately comes down to personal preference.
What is the secret to good crumble?
The secret to a good crumble lies in achieving the perfect balance between sweet and tart flavors. By using tart apples like Granny Smith apples, you’ll create a well-rounded taste.
What is the crumble on apple crumble made of?
The crumble topping typically consists of flour, sugar, and butter. The ingredients are combined until they resemble coarse breadcrumbs, then sprinkled over the apple filling before baking.
What's the difference between apple pie and apple crumble?
Apple pie and apple crumble differ in their crust and topping. Apple pie has a flaky pastry crust on the bottom and often a crust on the top (although you can top an apple pie with crumble!). Apple crumble has no pastry crust on the bottom and has a crumbly topping made of butter, sugar, and flour.
Can you make apple crumble gluten-free?
Yes, apple crumble can be made gluten-free by using alternative flour, such as a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend.
Can you make apple crumble dairy-free?
Yes, you can make apple crumble dairy-free by using dairy-free alternatives like coconut oil instead of butter and a non-dairy ice cream for serving.
How do you store apple crumble?
Store in an airtight container on the counter or in the fridge for several days.
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