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Crispy Apple Crumble

This apple crumble recipe is filled to the brim with cinnamon and spices, and a crispy sugary crumble on top. 

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 1 medium sized casserole dish


Crumble Topping

  • 3/4 cup quick oats
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup turbinado sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup crushed pecans
  • 1/2 cup butter (cubed and chilled)


  • 6 small apples, peeled, cored and sliced *
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp bourbon (can substitute cold water instead)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp lemon juice (about 1/2 a squeezed lemon)
  • 1 tbsp turbinado sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 375F, and set aside a medium baking/casserole dish.

  2. In a small bowl, combine the quick oats, flour, ginger, cinnamon and brown sugar. Using your hands mix in the cold butter so that the mixture resembles coarse bread crumbs. Add in the pecans. You will reserve the 1/4 C turbinado sugar for later.

  3. In another small bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the apple mixture. Let the apples sit in this marinade for 10 - 15 minutes. You will start to see some juices forming!

  4. Pour the apples into the baking dish. Sprinkle the crumble mixture on top but do not pat it down. Sprinkle the 1/4 C of turbinado evenly on top of the crumble. Place the apple crumble into the preheated oven and cook for 35-45 minutes or until the crumble mixture on top is nice and brown.

  5. Let the apple crumble cool a bit before serving. You can keep the apple crumble covered on your counter for up to 2 days. To serve, just re-heat a slice in the microwave and eat it with a scoop or vanilla ice cream or whip cream.

Recipe Notes

*most recipes call for apples that are slightly tart and crisp. I personally think you can use whichever apples you want. However, feel free to experiment with different types of apples to find the one that works best for you. 6 small recipes works to about 3 regular sized apples. The reason I had small apples because it was from my apple tree. 

**Feeling adventurous? Try sauteing your sliced apples in some butter and brown sugar before combining it with the other ingredients!

*** Do not have turbinado sugar? No worries. You can use brown sugar instead or muscovado sugar