I have four words for you: eight ingredients, forty minutes. That is all it takes to get a buttery, cinnamon-y juicy apple crumble with a sweet streusel topping. And I know, I know, apples are primarily a fall thing, but I am not one for following the rules.
In my opinion, anything topped with streusel and ice cream is something sent down from the heavens (or whatever you believe in) to grace us with its beauty. I mean really. This crumble also just proves opposites attract. For instance, we pair the sweet and soft apple filling with the crisp streusel topping and we have a beautiful and light dessert. We serve it warm and top it with cold ice cream and our tastebuds explode. So I will say it again, this crumble was sent down from the heavens and angels.
Let's get into the deats - you know I'm all about deats.
What ingredients do I need for an apple crumble?
For the apple filling, you will need:
- 3 medium sized apples of choice, sliced
- Unsalted butter
- Brown sugar
For the streusel, you will need:
- All purpose flour
- Brown sugar
- Unsalted butter
And that's it!
What type of apples should I use?
To be honest, it really doesn't matter what apples you use. I personally like a mix of tart and sweet in an apple crumble. So to me, granny smith and pink lady apples are *chefs kiss* amazing. The tartness/sourness of the green apples pair perfectly with the sweet, buttery topping.
How should I prepare the apples?
Preparing these apples are rather simple! All you need to do is peel the skin off, cut some big slices off of the sides, and then cut those into ⅛ inch-¼ inch slices. I like those babies to be thin.
What if I don't have brown sugar?
If you don't have brown sugar, well first of all, you can make some! It's actually so simple. Brown sugar is simply just white sugar and molasses - so you can combine 1 cup of white sugar and 1 tablespoon of molasses and mix them together in a bowl with a spoon. You can 100% sub in white sugar for brown sugar in the filling, but I suggest using brown sugar for the topping.
What is the bake time for an apple crumble?
It really depends on your oven, but this streusel can go for 30-40 minutes, until the apple filling is bubbly and the streusel is golden brown. If you happen to notice the top is browning to quickly, cover the top of the crumble with tin foil - this should protect it.
And if you're like me, you'll top this bad boy with some ice cream and caramel sauce. Because life is for living, right?!
- 3 medium sized apples sliced into ⅛-1/4 inch slices
- ¼ cup unsalted butter melted
- ¼ cup brown sugar packed
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 cup all purpose flour spooned and leveled
- ½ cup brown sugar packed
- ½ cup unsalted butter cold and cubed
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a bowl, combine the apple slices, melted butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Toss all of the ingredients together until they are equally coated. Pour the filling into your pan. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, cold butter and cinnamon. Using a pastry cutter or your hands, cut the butter into the other ingredients until they are all combined. The mixture will be sandy. Sprinkle on top of the apple filling.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes or until the apple filling is bubbly and the apples are soft and the streusel is golden brown. If you notice the streusel is browning too quickly, place a piece of tin foil on the top.
- Once finished, let cool for 5 minutes. Serve warm, top with ice cream and enjoy!