Sticky Toffee Apple and Pineapple Crumble Recipe

Sticky toffee apple and pineapple crumble with whipped cream and a chocolate dusting
Sticky toffee apple and pineapple crumble with whipped cream and a chocolate dusting

Sticky toffee pudding and apple crumble are both classic British desserts. Sticky toffee pudding, however, can be a little bit overpowering for those without a particularly sweet tooth, while delicious as it is, apple crumble can seem a little bit repetitive after a time. The idea behind this recipe was simply to make a fusion of two established classics, affording a taste of both and a new twist with the addition of pineapple. While this dish is delicious hot, you may find it is even more enjoyable as a summer pudding when it has been cooled and refrigerated overnight. Try serving it hot with ice cream or cold with pouring or whipped cream.

List of Ingredients for this Sticky Toffee Crumble Dessert

Bramley apples are an excellent choice of apples when using them for cooking
Bramley apples are an excellent choice of apples when using them for cooking

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 1 hour 10 min
  • Cook time: 35 min
  • Ready in: 1 hour 45 min
  • Yields: Provides 4 to 6 portions

Ingredients

  • 3 Bramley (or similar) apples, peeled, cored and roughly chopped
  • Half a lemon, juice only
  • 3 tsp white sugar
  • 3 tbsp cold water
  • 3 rings of pineapple, canned in own juice
  • 7oz plain/all purpose flour
  • 4oz unsalted butter
  • 4oz dark muscovado sugar

Preparation Instructions

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Chopped apples are added to the sugar solutionPineapple rings are chopped in to chunksCombined apple and pineapple is laid in the base of an ovenproof dishButter is cut in to the flourButter and flour are rubbed to breadcrumbs consistencyMuscovado sugar is added to the crumbleCrumble topping is scattered evenly over the fruit
Chopped apples are added to the sugar solution
Chopped apples are added to the sugar solution
Pineapple rings are chopped in to chunks
Pineapple rings are chopped in to chunks
Combined apple and pineapple is laid in the base of an ovenproof dish
Combined apple and pineapple is laid in the base of an ovenproof dish
Butter is cut in to the flour
Butter is cut in to the flour
Butter and flour are rubbed to breadcrumbs consistency
Butter and flour are rubbed to breadcrumbs consistency
Muscovado sugar is added to the crumble
Muscovado sugar is added to the crumble
Crumble topping is scattered evenly over the fruit
Crumble topping is scattered evenly over the fruit
  1. Put the lemon juice, water and white sugar in to a large pot and stir with a wooden spoon to combine.
  2. Core, peel and roughly chop the apples to about one inch pieces.
  3. Add the apples to the pot with the sugar solution and stir over a low heat for five minutes, until they are just starting to break down and no more. Turn off the heat, push the pot to a cool part of the stove, cover and leave for at least an hour to cool completely.
  4. Put your oven on to preheat to 400F/200C. The pineapple rings should each be chopped in to about six pieces. Stir them through the cooled apples and pour the mixture in to the base of an ovenproof dish.
  5. Put the flour in to a large bowl and cut in the butter. With your fingertips only, rub the butter in to the flour until you have a mix like breadcrumbs. This will probably take a few minutes.
  6. Stir the muscovado sugar in to the crumble and scatter evenly over the fruit.
  7. Put the dish in to the oven for half an hour.

Sticky Toffee Crumble Serving Suggestions

When you remove the crumble from the oven, you should be able to see the toffee quality of the topping around the edges. It is a good idea to let the crumble cool for about fifteen minutes before spooning in to plates for service - or alternatively, leave it to cool altogether before eating.

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Sticky toffee crumble removed from the ovenPortion of crumble can be enjoyed just as it is without any further accompanimentsHot crumble served with ice creamCold crumble served with pouring cream
Sticky toffee crumble removed from the oven
Sticky toffee crumble removed from the oven
Portion of crumble can be enjoyed just as it is without any further accompaniments
Portion of crumble can be enjoyed just as it is without any further accompaniments
Hot crumble served with ice cream
Hot crumble served with ice cream
Cold crumble served with pouring cream
Cold crumble served with pouring cream

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Gordon Hamilton 4 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Thank you, Jools. The two do seem to work very well together and give the traditional old crumble a different twist.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

I love the idea of apple and pineapple together rather than just apple. Great recipe Gordon.


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Gordon Hamilton 4 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Hi, Kelley. This is a great treat all year round and I hope you and your kids like it. Thanks for visiting.


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Gordon Hamilton 4 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Thanks, HawaiiHeart. It's not strictly true toffee but a close approximation and tastes very like it.


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Gordon Hamilton 4 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Hope you enjoyed the extra little addition to the apples, Polly. Thanks for visitng.


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Gordon Hamilton 4 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Thank you, Rebecca. It is indeed a great way of using up freshly harvested apples and I hope you enjoy it at that time.


kelleyward 4 years ago

This looks tasty! My kids love apples so I'll try this one soon. Sounds like a great summer treat! Take care, Kelley


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HawaiiHeart 4 years ago from Hawaii

This looks so delicious! I love toffee!


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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US

Wow. I may have this soon, like tonight or tomorrow for sure! I love baked apples. Thanks for sharing.


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

This sounds like a great recipe for that wonderful apple flavor that I love so much, A great Fall recipe.Thanks for sharing, voted up and shared!


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Gordon Hamilton 4 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Hi, anginwu. I remembered that part of the combination from childhood when my Mum used to add different fruits to apple crumble to vary it a little. Hope you like it. Thanks for visiting.


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Gordon Hamilton 4 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom Author

Thanks, Susan. Yes, you could probably use most brown sugars. The muscovado just seems to make it extra sticky and more like toffee.


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anglnwu 4 years ago

Adding pineapple to the classic apple crumble pie sounds interesting. Got to give it a try.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Sounds really good. Can I use regular dark brown sugar rather than the muscovado sugar?

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