A Simple & Yummy Apple Crumble
  • 6 large apples
  • ground cinnamon
  • 160g plain flour
  • 80g unsalted butter
  • 40g sugar
  • 2 large handfuls of oats
  • Notes:
  • FLOUR For the flour, I use a gluten free flour plain flour mix from Sainsbury's, or from Dove's Farm when I can get it. If you don't need to bake gluten free, you can just use regular plain flour.
  • BUTTER Take the butter out of the fridge (if that's where you keep it) an hour or two before making the crumble. You want it to not be rock solid, but also not too soft otherwise you'll get mush instead of crumbles!
  • SUGAR I used regular granulated sugar, but you can use Demerara sugar or Muscovado sugar instead if you like. I prefer it with a darker sugar, as it gives it more of a caramel taste, but I haven't fully restocked my kitchen yet after the move. Also, I don't put much sugar in compared to other recipes, because I think the apples and cinnamon together are sweet enough, but if you like it sweeter you can add more sugar.
  • OATS Use gluten free oats, if required, otherwise regular oats will do.
  1. Pre-heat your oven to 200 C.
  2. Core the apples (leave the peel on) and chop them in to little pieces, a couple of cm big - the photo at the top of the post shows you roughly the size I make them.
  3. Put the apple pieces in a saucepan with about half a cup of water - if your apples are quite tart or sour, you can also add a tablespoon or two of sugar. Cook over a medium heat for a few minutes until they start to soften.
  4. Drain off any excess water, and transfer the apples to an oven/ casserole dish about 20cm x 30cm big. Mix in a good few shakes of ground cinnamon (I use about 2 teaspoons worth).
  5. To make the crumble topping, cut the butter in to small pieces and rub in to the flour until it resembles crumbs, then mix in the sugar and oats. Spread the crumble topping over the apple mixture.
  6. Bake in the oven for 30 - 40 minutes, until the crumble topping starts to crisp up and turn golden. If you are using gluten free flour, be aware that the topping doesn't go very dark.
  7. Once done, take the crumble out the oven and leave to sit for around 10 minutes before serving, because it will be ridiculously hot.
  8. Serve with pouring cream, Greek yoghurt (my favourite), or even vanilla ice cream, if you like.
Recipe by The Bear & The Fox at https://www.thebearandthefox.com/2017/10/simple-yummy-apple-crumble/