Apple Crumble


  • 1½ kg apples before coring (cubed)
  • 3 tbs lemon juice
  • golden caster sugar to taste (about 2 tbs) – optional
  • olive oil spray for baking tin

for the crumble

  • ¾ plain flour
  • 75 g unsalted butter (for the lower in calories version replace half of the butter with about 1 tbs natural yogurt)
  • ½ cup soft dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup oats


  • flat medium cake tin (I used round one that was about 22 cm wide and 3 cm deep), oven proof dish or 6 separate ramekin dishes

easy apple crumble recipe


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (356°F).
  2. Peel, core and cube apples, place them on frying pan together with lemon juice and simmer for 3-5 minutes till apples are soften.
  3. Remove from fire, stir in sugar if needed.
  4. Spray tin with olive oil spray and spread apples on the bottom of the tin.
  5. Prepare crumble, mix all ingredients together with your fingers, till mixture start looking like crumble.
  6. Sprinkle over the apples, place in the oven and bake for about 25 – 30 minutes till golden brown and bubbling.
  7. Serve warm or cooled down.

Serves 6 people.


If using yogurt you will rather spread than sprinkle crumble mixture over the apples, because it will be a little bit soggy, but it will dry out during baking.

If you are looking for more oaty desserts check out those Quick Chocolate & Coconut Mini Oat Cakes or Apple, Rhubarb & Ginger Crumble.

More British recipes.

Your thoughts…

  1. Hi Margot,
    This recipe with the low-fat alternative is a good idea. Crumbles used to make a regular appearance at our home, but all that stopped. But I think this recipe will make me feel less guilty :-)

    Hope the morning runs and walks have been going well!


  2. Love anything with apple!

    And yeah, me too, hope the morning runs and walks are going well.

  3. Hey Margot , thats a lovely way to try crumble. Would’nt the yogurt make it soggy ? or does it still get crispy ? just wondering … , though i’m sure it is definitely much better than having an all butter one :P

  4. Hello Everyone,

    Thank you all for your comments.

    Kate – Yes, that is true, yogurt version is a little bit soggy during preparation, but it is drying out during baking. The final result is not so crispy like the original one, but it is dry.

    Cynthia & Nora – Thank you for your concern, my morning runs are going well, but due to my daughter flu and sleepless nights I did not run for last 2 days…

  5. Apple crumble is the quintessential comforting dessert. Thanks for reminding me to make it!

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