Autumn calls for comfort food! And what could be more comforting than warm, crunchy apple crumble with vanilla custard? Our crunchy apple crumble is the perfect dish for cool days and a quick-to-make midweek meal. You can serve this crumble warm or cold, and it tastes delicious topped with thick vanilla custard, ice cream or whipped cream.

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Crunchy Apple Crumble Recipe

Use juicy apples such as Bramley, Gala, Pink Lady or Granny Smith. Instead of apples, you can also prepare this crumble with pears or peaches.

Prep Time: 35 min

Oven Temperature: 200°C / 400°F / Gas Mark 6

Baking Time: 40 – 45 min

Servings: 4 – 6


  • 100 g (2/3 cup) raisins
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 200 g (2 cups) rolled (old-fashioned) oats
  • 50 g (1/3 cup) wholemeal (whole-wheat) flour
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 65 g (1/3 cup) demerara sugar
  • 60 g (1/4 cup / 1/2 stick) cold butter plus some extra for greasing
  • 100 g (1 cup) chopped almonds
  • 2 tbsp pine nuts
  • 5 – 6 (approx. 500 g / 1/2 lb) juicy apples, peeled, cored and grated


1) Preheat the oven

Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F / gas mark 6).


2) Create apple filling

Soak the raisins in 2 tbsp water and set aside for minutes. Combine the grated apples, chopped almonds, pine nuts, soaked raisins and soaking water.

Tip: Replace the water with rum or brandy for a grownup version.


3)  Make the crumble

To make the crumble, combine the rolled (old-fashioned) oats, wholemeal (whole-wheat) flour, cinnamon, demerara sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add butter and stir until the mixture becomes crumbly.


4) Bake the crumble

Grease a shallow baking or pie dish with butter. Add half of the crumbs, then add the apple mixture and top with the remaining crumbs. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes, until the top layer is golden brown.


Make it vegan

To make this crunchy apple crumble vegan, replace the butter with vegan shortening or margarine.

Difficulty: easy

Materials: apples, oats, almonds

Crunchy Apple Crumble with Vanilla Custard |
Crunchy Apple Crumble with Vanilla Custard |
Crunchy Apple Crumble with Vanilla Custard |

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