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Traditional Apple Crumble Recipe


Veg HT CD DP British 40mins


Crumbles are popular British puddings and although there have been lots of additions made to the recipe in over the years, this recipe is for a traditional apple crumble like mother used to make - just wonderful sweetened apples and the traditional fine buttery crumble.


Serves 4

Prep & Cook Time:

40 minutes

Recipe Tags: Hot . Dessert. Fruit  Cold  Vegetarian   Pudding English  England  Scottish Scotland  Welsh Wales  Britain  Europe


450g/1lb Cooking Apples, peeled and cored (see tips below)
75g-100g/3 - 4oz Sugar

For the Crumble
175g/6oz Flour
75g/3oz Butter
100g/4oz Sugar



1. Preheat the oven to 190C, 375F, Gas mark 5 and grease an ovenproof dish.

2. Cut the apples into 2.5cm/1-inch chunks then place in a saucepan with 2-3 tablespoons of water. Sprinkle over the sugar ( according to how sweet the fruit is) and cook over a low heat for 10 minutes, stirring from time to time.

3. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs then stir in the sugar and mix well.

4. Taste the apple mixture and stir in a little more sugar if necessary, then transfer to the greased ovenproof dish and top with half the crumble mixture pressing firmly.

5. Sprinkle  the remaining crumble mixture evenly over the top and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until crisp and golden brown. Serve hot or cold.

End of instructions


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Make sure the ovenproof dish is also freezer proof.  Once baked, allow to cool, cover with foil or clingfilm and freeze in the dish. Once frozen, remove from the dish, wrap well and return to the freezer. To cook, unwrap, return to the original dish and defrost before reheating for around 20 minutes.


Key techniques required to make this recipe

Bake - To cook in an enclosed oven

Rub in - The incorporation of fat into flour. Butter is softened and cubed then gently rubbed between the thumb and forefinger, lifting the mixing at the same time, until the fat is fully incorporated and the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs in appearance.


Tips, Options and Substitutions


If you are using eating apples, reduce the amount of sugar as these will be sweeter than cooking apples.

Add up to 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon to the apples before cooking

Main equipment required to make this Recipe


Mixing Bowl

Chopping knife


Ovenproof dish

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