Try his effortless and delectable recipe of an Easy Apple Crumble without Oats, which anyone can prepare. Chunks of fresh dessert unpeeled apples flavoured with ground cinnamon. Top them with a crumbly mixture made of spelt flour, sugar, and butter. Bake until it turns golden brown, creating a mouth-watering dessert for all to enjoy.
A very popular dish at any time of the year, especially in Autumn when apples are at their best. If you have a glut of Apples you could also make these Mini Apple Rose Pies. They make a wonderful little dessert. . Serve with fresh cream in summer or homemade custard on colder days.
Ingredients and Substitutions
This is just an overview of the ingredients I used for making this Easy Apple Crumble Recipe (Apple Crisp) with possible alternatives and why I may have used them. You could also make this recipe using fresh or frozen Rhubarb. Learn How To Freeze Rhubarb when you have an abundance of fruit.. See the recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and quantities.
- Apples - Using a sweet dessert apple, means there is no need to add sugar, most dessert apples are naturally sweet. Leave the skins on for extra roughage. Baking apples, which are very tart and sour, need sugar to be added to balance the taste. Baking apples will also cook down a lot softer than dessert apples and do not often retain their firm texture.
- Wholemeal Flour - I've used Spelt wholemeal flour but you can use any wholemeal flour which gives a lovely nutty flavour. Plain white flour is fine if you prefer.
- Butter - Unsalted. Block margarine, although fine to use, will not give you the same flavour as butter.
- Cinnamon - Ground mixed spice is a good alternative. Or use your favourite spice to complement apples.
- Demerara Sugar - This sugar has larger granules giving the crumble topping a nice crunch and slight toffee taste when baked. White granulated or caster sugar is fine.
Step By Step Instructions
How to make the easiest Apple Crumble with these step by step instructions.
Step 1: Mix the flour and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Rub the butter into the flour mixture using your fingertips until you have a fine breadcrumb consistency. This can be speeded up using a food processor.
Step 2: Core the apples, there is no need to remove the peel and cut them into half inch chunks. Place the apples in a bowl and add the ground cinnamon. Give everything a good mix ensuring all the apples are coated in the cinnamon spice.
Step 3: Tip the apples evenly into the prepared ovenproof dish.
Step 4: Sprinkle the crumble topping evenly over the fruit.
Step 5: Ensure all the crumble topping is evenly distributed and pressed down slightly as this will give a nice crispy topping when baked.
Step 6: Bake in the centre of the oven for 30 – 40 mins or until baked with a nice golden colour. A firm baking sheet underneath the dish will help catch any fruit juices that may spill over.
Serve hot with fresh cream or homemade custard.
This Classic apple crumble, which has a crumble topping without oats, will keep in the fridge for a couple of days and will freeze really well. Bring back to room temperature before heating in the oven until baked through before serving.
Tip 1 - Try using a mix of baking and dessert apples for a balance of sweet and sharp flavours. Add sugar to taste.
Tip 2 - Replace some of the flour with porridge oats if you want a crumble topping with oats.
Make sure your flour, butter and sugar are evenly distributed and in balanced quantities. I am also fine using Demerara or granulated sugar, which has larger granules that help give a crispy texture to the topping.
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Easy Apple Crumble (without Oats)
- 2 pint ovenproof Baking dish measuring approx 8inch x 7inch.
- Baking Tray optional
For the crumble Topping
- 170 g Wholemeal flour such as Spelt Plain white flour is fine.
- 100 g butter unsalted fridge cold cut into chunks.
- 50 g Demerara sugar Granulated or caster sugar is also fine.
For the Filling
- 900 g Dessert Apples approx 7 apples
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Preheat the oven to 180 deg C conventional oven. Butter the sides and base of a 2 pint ovenproof Baking dish measuring approx 8inch x 7inch.
- Make the crumble topping first. Mix the flour and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Rub the butter into the flour mixture using your fingertips until you have a fine breadcrumb consistency. This can be speeded up using a food processor.170 g Wholemeal flour such as Spelt, 100 g butter, 50 g Demerara sugar
- Core the apples, there is no need to remove the peel, and cut into half inch chunks. Place the apples in a bowl and add the ground cinnamon. Give everything a good mix ensuring all the apples are coated in the cinnamon spice, then tip the apples evenly into the prepared ovenproof dish.900 g Dessert Apples, ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Sprinkle the crumble topping evenly over the fruit. Ensure all the crumble topping is evenly distributed and pressed down slightly as this will give a nice crispy topping when baked.
- Bake in the centre of the oven for 30 – 40 mins or until baked with a nice golden colour. A firm baking sheet underneath the dish will help catch any fruit juices that may spill over.
- Serve hot with fresh cream or homemade custard.
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