This apple crumble recipe is prepared with tart Granny Smith apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon with a crumbly streusel topping!
We’ve been doing a lot of baking as summer transitions into fall, and we’ve been going hard on the apple recipes!
There’s just something about tart apples tossed in cinnamon and sugar and baked until tender that I will never get enough of. And, of course, the crumbly streusel like topping on this homemade apple crumble doesn’t hurt things either. 😉
Seriously, if you can resist a brown sugar and oat topping, you are a much stronger human than I. Haha!
🍏 Ingredient Notes:
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Apples – I’m using Granny Smith apples in this recipe. They hold up well to baking and are nice and tart.
Dark Brown Sugar – Light brown sugar will also work, but we like the deeper molasses flavor you find in dark brown.
Cinnamon – A must for apple desserts!
Lemon Juice – You can use freshly squeezed lemon juice or the bottled kind!
Cornstarch – It’ll help to thicken up the filling.
Streusel Topping Ingredients:
Flour & Rolled Oats – The two combine to make a crumbly topping.
Melted Butter – It’s what’ll bring all the ingredients together while adding buttery flavor to the crumbly streusel.
Cinnamon & Sugar – Sweeten that topping up!
What We Love About This Recipe:
- It’s a good way to use up extra apples if you’ve got them.
- The cinnamon sweet crumbly topping goes so well with the tart apple flavors!
- This is simple to whip up and is always a crowd pleaser!
🍎How to Make Apple Crumble:
Prepare: To get started spray a 9″ baking dish with some non-stick spray and start preparing the apples while the oven preheats. Peel and core the apples and then chop them into small bite-sized chunks.
Combine: Add the apples to a mixing bowl and then dump in all the remaining filling ingredients: the cinnamon and sugar, lemon juice, cornstarch, and salt.
Stir all that up until the apples are well coated in the mixture, then evenly spread the apple filling into the prepared baking dish.
If you’d like your apple crumble dessert to have extra crunch feel free to mix some chopped pecans or other nuts in with the filling or the topping!
Topping: Add all of the topping ingredients except for the melted butter to a medium bowl and stir together until it is all well combined.
Now you can pour in the butter, and then start stirring it up again until it forms into small crumbly chunks.
Crumble: After preparing the cinnamon and sugar streusel topping you can start sprinkling it over the top of the apple filling in the baking dish.
Bake: This last part is pretty simple. You’ve already done most of the work in preparing the apple filling and the streusel topping. Just pop the dish into the oven and bake for 35 minutes or until the top is golden brown!
Serve: After removing from the oven cover it up with some foil and let it set up for about 15 minutes before serving. It’s pretty amazing when you serve the warm apple crumble with some cold vanilla ice cream on top!
You can keep the apple crumble recipe stored in the fridge for 4-5 days in an airtight container.
You may use any variety of baking apples that you prefer, such as honeycrisp, braeburn, or pink lady. Adjust the sugar as needed, if your apples are more sweet than tart.
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For the filling:
- 2 ½ pounds Granny Smith apples see notes
- ½ cup dark brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
For the topping:
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ¾ cup dark brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup melted butter
To make the filling:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spritz a 9 inch baking dish with non-stick spray.
- Peel and core the apples. Chop into bite-sized chunks, about ½ inch each.
- Add apples to a mixing bowl with the remaining filling ingredients and stir to coat.
- Spread apples into prepared baking dish.
To make the topping:
- Stir together the flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl until combined.
- Pour the butter over the top and stir until the mixture is crumbly, with small chunks throughout.
- Sprinkle the topping over the apples.
- Bake for 35 minutes or until golden brown on top.
- Remove from the oven, cover with foil, and let set for 15 minutes before serving.
- Serve warm.