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Recipe - Spiced Apple Crumble

Updated on July 21, 2014

This rich, flavoursome apple crumble is a family favourite. This is a great dish to make during the chilly autumn and winter months. It's best served hot with custard or cream.

3.4 stars from 8 ratings of Spiced Apple Crumble

Cook Time:

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 55 min
Yields: Serves 8


  • 6 large cooking apples, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 90g unsalted butter
  • juice of 1 orange
  • 6 tablespoons muscavado sugar
  • 120g plain flour
  • zest of 1/2 orange
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 50g light muscavado sugar
  • handful of porridge oats, (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius
  2. In a heavy-bottomed pan, saute apples in the dark muscavado sugar for about 10 minutes until the apples caramelised and soft.
  3. Stir in the cinnamon and orange juice and cook for another 2 minutes.
  4. For the crumble, whiz the butter with the flour and ginger in a food processor until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  5. Stir the zest and light muscavado sugar into the crumble mixture. Spread the mixture evenly onto a baking tray and cook in oven for 10 minutes.
  6. Spoon the apples into an ovenproof dish and top with the crumble.
  7. Bake in oven for 15 minutes until golden.

Things to note:

Cooking's not an exact science. Actually, it's not really any kind of science. This means you're allowed to experiment - I cannot stress this enough!

If there's something in the recipe you're allergic to, or you simply don't like, you can leave it out (if it's not a key ingredient), or just replace it with something else.

For example, this recipe suggests using butter for the crumble topping; if you'd prefer, you can easily replace this with margarine. I tend to find it doesn't mix so easily with the rest of the topping ingredients, but you may prefer the taste.

Also, for a crunchier topping, try adding porridge oats to the crumbling topping mixture (just add them after running the butter, flour, and ginger through the food processor). It'll be a slightly heavier dish, but some people prefer the texture when oats are added.

Thanks for reading!

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      Janellegems 4 years ago from United States

      Excellent recipe and simple instructions. Definitely have to try.