apple crumble

crumble1.1Apple crumble is the perfect food. You dont have to use precise measurements, you can vary the ingedients to make it healthier/more nutritious/less calorific or whatever. And it is the most comforting thing you can put it in a bowl. You can reaheat it in the microwave it if there’s some left over. On cold mornings it is great for breakfast.



apple crumble

(serves 6)



5 large cooking apples

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup nuts and/or seeds

2 cups oats

1 cup flour

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup vegetable oil

pinch salt


Peel the apples, cut into pieces and put it an ovenproof dish. A small dish will make a denser crumble, a large dish a crisper result. Sprinkle with the cinnamon. If you want the apples to turn into applesauce, sprinkle with a little water.

Put the nuts and seeds in a blender and pulse until they are chopped. Add the rest of the ingredients and pulse until crumbly. If the butter is very cold and stubborn, chop it into pieces with a knife and blend again.

Spread the crumble mix over the apple. If there are bits of apple left uncovered they will caramalise in the oven.

Bake at 175 degrees C for 45 – 60 minutes. If the top starts getting too dark, put some foil over it.

Serve hot, warm or cold with milk, yoghurt, cream or ice cream (dairy or substitute).

* If you are in a rush, microwave the apples for a few minutes to precook them, add the topping and bake for 30 minutes.

** If you are in even more of a rush, use a bag of frozen fruits of the forest instead of apples, mixed with 2 tbsps of sugar.


About Marijn Moltzer

Writer based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands


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