Mum’s Apple Crumble

If I could name one thing that I loved eating as a child, it would be my Mum’s Apple Crumble. She used to make this every now and again as a treat following Sunday Dinner. Until making this myself, I hadn’t had any sort of crumble for over 10 years and my son had never even tried one! It’s safe to say that after making (and eating) this, it certainly won’t be the last crumble made in our house now.

My mum kindly sent over the recipe and also mentioned some variations for future bakes. Why not try the recipe with one of these variations to the Bramley apples?

  • Pear and Ginger
  • Apple and Strawberry
  • Gooseberry
  • Add blackberries or blueberries to the apple mixture

Ingredients – Apple Mix

  • 900g Bramley apples
  • 30g butter
  • 60g caster sugar
  • Finely grated lemon zest (1/2 to full lemon depending on preference)

Ingredients – Crumble

  • 120g butter
  • 180g plain flour
  • 90g demerara sugar
  • Pinch of cinnamon


Step 1

Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees (fan).

To make the crumble, firstly rub the butter into the flour until it resembles bread crumbs.


Step 2

Add the sugar and use a spoon to mix through.


Step 3

Grease a baking tray with butter or spray oil.

Add the crumble mix and bake for 10 minutes then put to one side.


Step 4

Prepare the apples by peeling and coring them. Then chop into quarters and slice.

Melt the butter in a pan on a medium heat.


Step 5

Add the apples and cook for 2 minutes.

Add the lemon and caster sugar and cook for 10-15 minutes until the apples start to soften.

Tip: Be careful of cooking for too long as the apples can go mushy and will soften more in the oven.


Step 6

Grease a baking dish with butter or spray oil.

Line the dish with the apples and then spread the crumble mix on top. If some of the crumble has stuck together on the baking tray, don’t worry, you can simply crumble this in your fingers as you add it. Sprinkle the top with a pinch of cinnamon.

Bake for 15 – 20 minutes.


Step 7

Remove the crumble from the oven and enjoy whilst warm!

We always serve ours with either custard or vanilla ice cream.

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