Traditional apple crumble

Apple crumble triggers happy memories of my childhood; it is the perfect combination of a golden and crunchy top with delicious baked apples. I love celebrity chef Phil Vickery’s traditional apple crumble recipe – it is quick and easy to make, a yummy treat to warm you up on a cold day.



4 large Bramley cooking apples

4 tbsp olive oil

1 large lemon, the zest and juice of

400g unrefined caster sugar

2 pinches cinnamon powder

115g cold unsalted butter

225g plain flour

25g porridge oats


  • Pre-heat the oven to 200 C.
  • Cut the peeled and cored apples into large chunks.
  • Heat the oil in a saucepan, add 175g sugar, cinnamon, lemon zest and juice and then add the apples. Cook the combined ingredients for 5 minutes so that the apples have softened.
  • You should then tip the stewed apples into a large baking dish.
  • Put the flour and butter into a food processor and whizz until it resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  • Tip into a bowl and gently stir through the sugar and then spoon over the top of the stewed apples. Sprinkle the oats on top.
  • Bake in the pre-heated oven for 30 – 40 minutes or until the top is browned.

You can’t beat this classic apple crumble recipe; I love how the hot, crispy crumble hides the rich fruit below. It is a delicious dessert, perfect served with madagascar vanilla custard or ice cream. Comfort food at its best!


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116 Responses to Traditional apple crumble

  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says:

    That sounds delicious! I can’t wait to make this.

  2. Sarah Bailey says:

    Oh I so fancy a nice bowl of this now, it sounds absolutely delicious and there is something perfect about it at this time of year. x

  3. hobbisl38l says:

    I saw Phil Vickery on This Morning yesterday making a pear version which looked equally delish. He says that you are supposed to have 3 times the crumble to 1 times the sauce and we all make the mistake of packing the crumble mix down so it becomes a lump.

  4. serenityyou says:

    this looks so nice. My hubbies favourite pudding. Love the heart bowl too

  5. Liz Mays says:

    Oh my goodness, this just sounds so feel good and wonderfully tasty! I can’t wait to give it a try!

  6. Stressed Mum says:

    I love apple crumble and custard a very comforting pudding. We have tons of apples from our tree and I am cooking them in all manner of ways but stupidly not made a crumble yet x

  7. Ra1neX says:

    My all time favourite dessert!!! I could live on apple crumble for the rest of my life.

  8. Hannah Wood says:

    Wow I love the look of this and I do like to bake so is something I would sure do.

  9. This looks so yummy, I would love some apple crumble right now x

  10. michelle says:

    it is such a joy to read your blog posts because you have such great recipes

  11. foxxie52 says:

    Oh my God, I love apple crumble! Only with custard though. I hate it when you go to restaurants and they only offer it with ice cream. So not right.

  12. You can’t beat a bit of apple crumble looks really yummy and comforting xx

  13. Ana De-Jesus says:

    Apple crumble is a classic winter warmer and there is something so comforting about it.

  14. tara pittman says:

    This is perfect for fall. It is apple season.

  15. Ooh I love Apple crumble and I have not had it in a long time. This time of year always makes me want to bake and this might have to be added to my list. Yum! 🙂 x

  16. deanna says:

    With all this gross weather you can’t beat a good yummy apply crumble, it’s an absolute dream in winter. I’m really craving some now, this looks delicious!

  17. Okay this looks delicious! I really need to try this! Of course anything apple is my favorite so I might be biased!

  18. bericebaby says:

    Thanks so much for posting this sugar!! I can’t wait to test it out… Its 11pm .. do you think its too late to make it now LOL
    Charlotte x

  19. Elizabeth O. says:

    An apple crumble is a classic! I love this dessert especially ala mode! With vanilla ice cream and some caramel syrup! Ah this makes my mouth water.

  20. YUM. This looks incredible! I love apple crumble… in fact any crumble! xxx

  21. Aci Bornea says:

    wow! easy yummy recipe.

  22. Aci Bornea says:

    Looks so easy to prepare.

  23. Becca Ludlum says:

    I’ve never tried this but it looks wonderful! I’ll have to give it a shot!

  24. Pearliza Paguio says:

    I love you recipe! Gotta try this for the family.

  25. Beth@FrugalFroggie says:

    I love Apple Crumble. Great recipe!!

  26. Absolutely delicious. i can’t wait to try this.

  27. TheLondonMum says:

    Yum, one of my favourite desserts. Love it!

  28. Catstello says:

    Not a fa of apple crumple, but I love love love that bowl! <3

  29. This looks delicious! I need to try i this weekend 🙂

  30. laurahartleyy says:

    Apple crumble is my boyfriend’s favourite so I suppose I’d better bookmark this for later as I’ve never made it before!

  31. danavento says:

    I love this particular dessert as it is very efficient to make and the turn out is awesome. Great recipe

  32. bowen1960 says:

    I love apple crumble and make it often but have never used oats in the crumble mix. I will be trying that out next time I make a crumble.

  33. This looks absolutely delicious!

  34. Esme Sy says:

    Apple Crumble is one of my favorite desserts. It’s yummy and so easy to do.

  35. Travel Quest says:

    My husband will love this apple dessert I can’t blame him.. coz he is from Big Apple 🙂 . Saving this to my bookmark for this coming holiday.

  36. Ali says:

    I love apple crumble! Your recipe is slightly different to how I do mine though, I’ll have to give it a go.

  37. Lexie Lane says:

    That is perfect for my breakfast and diet, I would love to try it.

  38. Yummm! I love a good crumble. This is a perfect Sunday afternoon treat for me.

  39. This looks amazing! The crumble, in the heart-shape plate! Love it!

  40. JulieMartin says:

    Apple crumble is full of happy memories for me too. Love that heart shaped bowl

  41. Thanks for sharing this! I love your heart shaped bowls.

  42. I love a good classic Apple Crumble. Great with a cup of coffee.

  43. Apple Crumble is just perfect comfort food, it really reminds me of my childhood!

  44. Charlotte says:

    We used to live in a house with an orchard and I made so many crumbles! Miss that now. x

  45. I love a good amble crumble and yours looks delicious!

  46. indreamworld says:

    Oh, I love apple crumble. It’s perfect warming food for days like this one, too – cold and blustery! Happy memory foods for me would be bowls of rice pudding, or main meal wise it would be shepherd’s pie. Yum.

  47. There is nothing I won’t do for apple crumble. I love it… perfect on a Sunday evening watching Gosford Park.

  48. Rachel says:

    Ooh now nothing is as good as home made crumble when the weather is awful outside x

  49. AlwaysReiding says:

    Now I want to head to an orchard and make this happen!!!
    Seriously, great recipe, and thank you for evoking a back-east memory.

  50. Ickle Pickle says:

    My absolute favourite desert ever! And your’s looks super yummy. Kaz x

  51. I do adore a good fruit crumble. this recipe looks perfect o be adding to my holiday table this year

  52. This is one of my favorite desserts! I love apple crumble.thanks so much for sharing.

  53. logancan says:

    Yum! This looks so delicious! I love apple recipes!

  54. that looks scrumptious! I love apple desserts

  55. This looks amazing, and I am sure it would taste yummy as well.

  56. traceyb1981 says:

    I love apple crumble, haven’t had it for ages though. You make it sound so simple to make

  57. Kerry norris says:

    This is by far my favourite desert. I love it. I’m salivating just reading the recipe. Madagascan vanilla cream or custard has also become a new fave of mine. X

  58. Olfa Turki says:

    I love apple crumble! It’s so easy to make and you don’t need a lot of ingredients.

  59. Kara says:

    Oh my, this looks amazing – wish I could reach into the screen and take it

  60. cuteheads says:

    Looks really awesome! I love apple crumble!

  61. Jaime says:

    This looks DELICIOUS!!! I will be making it soon!

  62. That looks yummy. I remember when my mom baked my cookies when I was ready to watch snowman, and all the Christmas shows.

  63. ohnikkashae says:

    Oh my I want to lick my computer!! Yummy!!

  64. ohnikkashae says:

    Oh my I want to lick my computer!! Yummy!!

  65. I love the toasted sunflowers. That’s the best aroma for me! It triggers great memories. That’s why I eat toasted sunflowers for breakfast almost every morning!

  66. OMG I love anything with apples let alone apple crumble – this looks soooooo good!

  67. This looks amazing, I wish I had more time to bake, I think apple pie and apple crumble has to be one of my faves!

  68. AlmostSexyMommy says:

    This looks SO GOOD! I love apple crumble, and I will definitely be trying this!

  69. Liz Mays says:

    I think pumpkin pie has the most memories attached to it for me. Your apple crumble is probably going to have some now too!

  70. Katie says:

    Apple crumble is one of my favourite puddings and so quick and easy to make! I also like adding raspberries to it to change it up a bit 🙂

  71. I love apple crumble but usually add some blackberries to mine for a bit of extra texture 🙂

  72. Debra says:

    This sounds amazing! I love apple crumble!

  73. Blanca says:

    This apple crumble looks delicious! I will need to try this recipe pretty soon 🙂

  74. jollyjillys says:

    ooo stop I love apple crumble to be honest I would leave the apple and just eat the crumble lol. We try this for sure

  75. Nicole Escat says:

    Perfect for the holiday season! Will add this on my list 🙂

  76. Gabriel Glasper says:

    This looks delicious! I’ve never made Apple crumb before, but I love it when my mother in law makes it. I can’t wait to try this recipe myself.

  77. Omg this apple crumble looks absolutely delicious! So pinning so I can make myself! Yum!

  78. momglenz says:

    Looks so yummy! thanks for sharing your recipe!

  79. OhlalaLexie says:

    That not only looks but sounds absolutely scrumptious!!

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