A simple Apple crumble recipe

I love sweet things and this apple crumble  is so easy to make. It’s  not  a typical dessert on menus in South Africa this is why I  decided to make it from scratch. Here’s  my simple apple crumble  recipe I  hope you enjoy making and eating  your own homemade apple crumble.

Apple crumble
Apple crumble


The crumble mix:

1½ cups of plain white flour

A pinch of salt

¾ cup of sugar

½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder

1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

½ cup of butter (the butter should be cut into cubes)


The apple filling 

2½ cups of  peeled, decored and chopped into small blocks ( I used 3 small granny smith apples)

1 tablespoon of cinnamon powder

2 tablespoons of sugar



  • Preheat the oven to 190 C
  • Put the flour, salt and sugar in a large bowl and mix well.
  • Then add a few cubes of butter at a time rub into the flour mixture.  Keep rubbing the butter in until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs. You need to knead the mix a bit with your hands.
  • Take your apple filling mix and put it in a pot. Add a bit of water in order to cover your apples. Then cook the apples till they are soft.
  • Butter a 24cm/9inches ovenproof dish. Spoon the apple filling mixture into the bottom.
  • Wait till your filling mix has cooled down, then sprinkle the crumble mixture on top.
  • Bake in the oven for 40-45 minutes until the crumble is golden brown and the fruit mixture bubbling.
  • Serve with thick cream, custard and or ice-cream.


Side notes: 

If you want more apple crumble you can add an extra cup of flour to the crumble mix.  You don’t have to change the amounts of the other ingredients. I made a small apple crumble as I was experimenting in the kitchen. And it was the first time I ever made this dessert.

Also, I didn’t follow the method strictly I threw all my crumble ingredients in a bowl at once and just ended up mixing it. But, if you feel unsure then follow the method and don’t deviate.

Put some plain flour on your hands whilst kneading the crumble mix. This will prevent your hands from becoming sticky from the mix. If your crumble mix is too sticky add more flour. If it is too dry add more butter or a bit of milk.

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Take care and enjoy baking

Nikki xx