This recipe just might be Charles’s favorite. One day, years ago, I asked him what his favorite food from childhood was. His response was Apple Crumble, it’s what Brits call Apple Crisp. He said that the lunch ladies at his school used to make it and that he loved it. I was optimistic that I could make an apple crumble better than British lunch ladies – since neither Brits nor lunch ladies aren’t particularly known for their culinary achievements.
I have been making this Apple Crumble for years, and am finally updating my tried and true recipe with better photos.
This is a classic apple crumble (apple crisp) recipe, and I especially love the bit of crunch from the walnuts. And the way that the crumble becomes extra crispy when it comes into contact with the ice cream is so satisfying. I recommend adding a hearty scoop of vanilla or caramel ice cream on top.
You can either bake this apple crumble all together in a baking dish, or divide the apple crumble up into 6 individual servings (as pictured here).
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
- 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 3/4 cup packed golden brown sugar
- 1/2 cup old-fashion oats
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 6 tablespoons 3/4 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
- 4 cups peeled and sliced Granny Smith Apples
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Vanilla ice or caramel cream
Heat your oven to 400 degrees. Then start by mixing the flour, brown sugar, oats, and cinnamon together in a medium bowl. Add the butter and use your hands or two forks to mix everything together until small clumps form. Then add the walnuts.
Combine the apples, sugar, flour and vanilla extract in a bowl and toss together. Either pour into one baking dish or divide into 6 servings in individual baking dishes.
Sprinkle the topping evenly over the apples. Bake for 40 minutes and let cool 10 minutes. Serve warm with ice cream.