Saturday, September 14, 2013

Crispy Apple Crumble

"Crispy Apple Crumble" is a very simple and healthy dessert, its made with fresh and juicy apples, topped with a crunchy layer of oats and nuts.

These days apples are in season and the ingredients used for topping are very common and available in every home. This warm baked fruit desert with a crispy topping is hard to resist. You could refrigerate the leftover and reheat before serving, well its never leftover in my house :)


For the Filling

Apples, medium size- 4-5 pcs
Sugar - 3 tablespoon
Lemon juice - 1 tablespoon
Lemon Zest - 1 teaspoon

For the topping

Whole wheat flour -1/2 cup
White granulated sugar -  1/4 cup
Light brown granulated sugar - 1/4 cup
Cooking Oats - 1/3 cup
Walnuts, chopped - 1/3 cup
Butter, unsalted cut into pieces - 6 tablespoon approx 85 grams.
Salt - 1/8 teaspoon
Cinnamon -1 teaspoon


Pre heat oven at 375 degree F (190 degree C), place rack in the center of the oven. Butter a 9 inch deep dish pie plate or 8 x8 inch baking dish.

For the filling

Peal the apples and cut them into almost 1 inch bite size chunks.In a large bowl place the chopped apples, lemon zest and sugar, mix well. Transfer the apple mix into the prepared baking dish and keep aside until we prepare the topping

For the topping 

Place all the ingredients (flour, oats, butter, sugar, spices,salt and nuts) in a food processor and pulse for a minute or two, until it resembles a coarse meal or is crumbly. You could do this with your hand also just ensure that there are no big chunks of butter.

Assembling the crumble.

Remove the topping from the food processor, carefully spread the crumble topping over the apple chunks, ensuring that the apples are well covered. Don't press it hard, just layer it.

Once the apples are layerd with the crumble, place it in a pre-heated oven at 375 degree F (190 degree C) and let it bake for 35 - 40 minutes. The crumble top should look nice and crispy and by now would get a nice golden colour too.

Remove from oven and let it cool on wire rack for 30 minutes as this will be super hot.

Serve it warm as it is or you could enjoy it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


For the apple filling try I have used a mix of apples ( the red juicy ones, the golden apples as well as the green apples) as they all have different flavors, however if you do not have these at home you could use just the red ones which is available.
Do ensure that the apples are firm.
You could insert the tip of a sharp knife in a chunk of apple and it should be tender not mushy.


  1. Hi there great recipe...but can I use all purpose flour as a substitute for whole wheat flour?