NHS Apple, Rhubarb & Ginger Crumble

This delicious recipe has been inspired by NHS hospital food I had chance to enjoy for the last few days… I don’t think I have ever tried crumble with ginger before but I really liked the idea and as soon as I got home, after complicated childbirth, I had to recreate it.

apple crumble recipe inspired by NHS food


  • 1 kg apples before coring (cubed)
  • 400 g tin of chopped rhubarb (drained) – fresh, diced rhubarb can be also used
  • 2 tsp vanilla sugar
  • ½ – 1 tsp ginger powder or some fresh one (grated)

for the topping

  • 1 cup plain flour
  • ½ cup oats
  • ¼ cup soft brown sugar (I used dark brown)
  • 100 g unsalted butter


  • 6 ramekin dishes

NHS hospital apple crumble recipe


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (356°F).
  2. Core and cube apples, place them in a small pot and simmer for 3 – 5 minutes till apples are softened.
  3. Remove from fire, stir in vanilla sugar, ginger powder and rhubarb. Share mixture into ramekin dishes.
  4. In meantime prepare topping, mix all ingredients together with your fingers till it is looking like crumbs.
  5. Sprinkle over the fruits, place in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes till crunchy and bubbling.
  6. Serve warm or cooled down.

Serves 6 people.


If using fresh rhubarb just dice it and simmer together with apples for couple of minutes.

If using fresh ginger, grate it and cook together with apples.


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Your thoughts…

  1. I just made a rhubarb, plum, and ginger crumble the other day and we loved it–will have to try with apples, too. And last night I made an apple and boysenberry crumble with nuts and oatmeal in the crumble. Yours looks lovely! I just love the autumn season when it starts getting cool enough for crumbles.

  2. I didn’t know you were in the hospital–I hope you are OK!

  3. This looks pretty easy to make. I wonder if it would be possible to cut back on the brown sugar and add in some finely chopped dates? I guess 1/4 cup isn’t much really – after all everything else is so healthy!

  4. Crumble addict over here. It’s so easy to make, and I love tart fruit. I use oats in the topping, too, by the way.

  5. This sounds so good! fantastic combination!

  6. Thank you for all the comments.

    @ Abigail – yes, thank you, I’m fine.
    I was in the hospital having a baby :)

    @ Liz – cutting the sugar isn’t a bad idea, it would be even more healthy, but I haven’t try it, kids wouldn’t like it, especially with sour rhubarb.

    @ Scott – This is the second time I tried to make crumble, second time after leaving the hospital… For some reason crumble is always on the menu on labour ward ;)

    @ Dimah – Thank you, this is my favourite crumble so far.

  7. Great way to welcome fall!

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