//Classic Apple Crumble without oats

Classic Apple Crumble without oats

This old fashioned Classic Apple Crumble is so easy to make. With a crispy streusel topping of whole wheat flour (not oats) and a juicy, jammy apple stuffing, this dessert is delish and yum.

I love baking with fruits and I simply love apples in desserts like Apple Pie, Apple Cake, Apple Halwa. My love for baking makes me try and test various recipes which I then share on the blog if the recipe is successful after various baking attempts.

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apple crumble topped with a scoop of vanilla icecream in a green rimmed cream plate with a dessert spoonapple crumble topped with a scoop of vanilla icecream in a green rimmed cream plate with a dessert spoon

I often make baked dishes like crumble, cobbler and crisp with fruits. I have made apple crumble so many times and so thought of sharing the recipe. In this recipe, you get an apple crumble that has a crispy top and a moist jammy apple stuffing. There is no watery consistency in the filling.

What is a crumble ?

A crumble is a baked dish with a streusel topping. It can be both savory and sweet. The streusel topping gives a lovely crispy texture to the crumble after getting baked. With fruits, a sweet version is made. With meat or vegetables and cheese a savory version can be made. Fruits like apple, peach, various types of berries, plum, apricot, rhubarb are commonly used to make a crumble.

This Easy Apple Crumble is

  • Made with whole wheat flour
  • No oats have been added
  • Has fresh apples
  • Very easy
  • Apples are not separately cooked thus saving some time

top shot of apple crumble in the baking tray with a brass serving spoon inside on lower left hand side of the crumble

top shot of apple crumble in the baking tray with a brass serving spoon inside on lower left hand side of the crumble

Serving Apple Crumble

Apple crumble can be served warm or at room temperature. You can serve it plain or accompany it with vanilla ice cream or custard or whipped cream. Leftover apple crumble should be refrigerated. While serving later, just warm in the oven for some minutes and then serve.

A note on Apples

Red apples taste best in this recipe. You can use any variety of red apples. Even green apples that have a sour-sweet profile taste good. If you prefer some tartness in the crumble than opt for green apples. You can even use canned apples.

How to make classic apple crumble without oats

Making apple filling

1. Firstly rinse 4 medium-sized apples (500 grams) in running water. Drain all the water. Then peel them. Removed the seeds and pith. Chop apples in 1-inch cubes.

peeled, cored and chopped apples on the chopping board

peeled, cored and chopped apples on the chopping board

2. Take the apples in a mixing bowl. Sprinkle 60 grams sugar or 6 tablespoons sugar (can use granulated sugar, powdered sugar or castor sugar), ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, ½ teaspoon lemon juice and ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional).

ground cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar added to chopped apples

ground cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar added to chopped apples

3. Add ½ teaspoon lemon juice.

lemon juice being added

lemon juice being added

4. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour.

flour added to apples

flour added to apples

5. Mix very well and keep aside.

all the ingredients mixed with apples

all the ingredients mixed with apples

6. Grease a baking tray or pan with some butter. Keep aside.

baking pan greased with butter

baking pan greased with butter

Making streusel stuffing

7. In a mixing bowl take 75 grams cold butter cubes (⅓ cup).

chilled or cold butter cubes in a bowl

chilled or cold butter cubes in a bowl

8. Add ½ cup castor sugar or powdered sugar (100 grams). Please do not use granulated sugar as it does not melt while baking and gives a terrible granular texture to the top streusel layer.

butter cubes and castor sugar in a mixing bowl

butter cubes and castor sugar in a mixing bowl

9. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or ½ teaspoon vanilla essence.

vanilla extract being added

vanilla extract being added

10. Top with 1 cup whole wheat flour (120 grams), ½ teaspoon baking powder and a pinch salt.

whole wheat flour, salt, baking powder added on the butter cubes

whole wheat flour, salt, baking powder added on the butter cubes

11. With a pastry cutter cut the butter in the flour till you get a sandy bread crumb like texture in the flour. You can also use a knife or your fingers to mix the butter with the flour. You can also use a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. If butter begins to melt then keep the mixture in the fridge for some minutes.

cutting butter in the flour with a pastry cutter

cutting butter in the flour with a pastry cutter

12. The texture of the streusel should be like a bread crumb texture.

streusel prepared

streusel prepared

Layering
13. Place the apples stuffing in the greased pan. Layer the apple neatly in the pan. Also preheat the oven for 15 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius or 356 degrees Fahrenheit.

layering apples in the greased pan

layering apples in the greased pan

14. With a spoon sprinkle the streusel topping evenly all over the apples.

sprinkling streusel stuffing with a spoon on the layered apples

sprinkling streusel stuffing with a spoon on the layered apples

15. Sprinkle in such a way that you get an even layer of the streusel stuffing on the apples.

evenly layered streusel on the apple layer

evenly layered streusel on the apple layer

Baking

16. Place the pan in the preheated oven.

getting baked in a preheated oven

getting baked in a preheated oven

17. Bake at 180 degrees Celsius or 356 degrees Fahrenheit for 40 minutes till golden on top. Oven temperatures vary so do keep a check.

apple crumble baked and out of the oven

apple crumble baked and out of the oven

18. Let the apple crumble become warm and then serve. You can serve with ice cream, custard or whipped cream.

apple crumble topped with a scoop of vanilla icecream in a green rimmed cream plate with a dessert spoon

apple crumble topped with a scoop of vanilla icecream in a green rimmed cream plate with a dessert spoon

Apple Crumble Tips & Variations

  • Oats: For a more crunchy and crispy texture, you can add oats. Add ½ cup rolled oats and ½ cup whole wheat flour or all-purpose flour.
  • Flour: You can use all-purpose flour instead of whole wheat flour.
  • Mixing: You can mix the flour with butter using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. You can also mix with your hands.
  • Vegan options: You can use solid coconut oil instead of butter. If coconut oil is in liquid form, then refrigerate for some minutes till it solidifies. Use maple syrup or raw sugar for apple stuffing. For the streusel use maple syrup or powdered unrefined raw sugar.
  • Sugar: Do use castor sugar or powdered sugar for the streusel layer. Granular sugar does not melt or dissolve and gives a grainy coarse texture which is not pleasant while eating. For the apple filling, you can add granulated sugar, raw sugar, powdered sugar, brown sugar or castor sugar
  • Butter: You can both salted butter or unsalted butter. If using salted butter, then skip the salt in the recipe.

Many of my recipes have detailed step by step photos and useful tips to help you make it easily and perfectly.

Classic Apple Crumble (with out oats)

Classic Apple Crumble made the old fashioned way – with a crisp streusel topping of whole wheat flour (not oats) and a juicy, jammy apple stuffing. This apple crumble recipe is delish and yum.

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Servings (change the number to scale):4

(1 CUP = 250 ML)

Apple filling

  • 500 grams apple or 4 medium-sized apples or 3 cups chopped apples
  • 6 tablespoons sugar or 60 grams – can add granulated sugar, raw sugar, powdered sugar, brown sugar or castor sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice
  • teaspoon nutmeg powder – optional
  • 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour

Streusel layer

  • 75 grams cold butter (unsalted) or ⅓ cup cold butter cubes
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour or 120 grams
  • 1 pinch salt
  • ½ cup castor sugar or powdered sugar, 100 grams
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or ½ teaspoon vanilla essence
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

Making apple filling

  • Firstly rinse the apples in running water. Drain all the water. Then peel them. Removed the seeds and pith. Chop all the apples in 1-inch cubes.

  • Take the apples in a mixing bowl.

  • Add sugar, ground cinnamon, lemon juice, whole wheat flour and ground nutmeg powder (optional) to the apples.

  • Mix very well and keep aside.

  • Grease a baking tray or pan with some butter. Keep aside.

Making streusel stuffing

  • Chop 75 grams of cold butter in cubes. In a mixing bowl take the cubes. You will need ⅓ cup of butter cubes.

  • Add castor sugar or powdered sugar. Please do not use granulated sugar as it does not melt while baking and gives a terrible granular texture to the top layer.

  • Add vanilla extract.

  • Then add whole wheat flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt.

  • With a pastry cutter cut the butter in the flour till you get a sandy bread crumb like texture in the flour. You can also use a knife or your fingers to mix the butter with the flour. A stand mixer with a paddle attachment can also be used. If butter begins to melt then keep the mixture in the fridge for some minutes.

Layering

  • Place the apples stuffing in the greased pan. Layer the apple neatly in the pan. Also preheat the oven for 15 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius or 356 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • With a spoon sprinkle the streusel topping evenly all over the apples.

  • Sprinkle in such a way that you get an even layer of the streusel stuffing on the apples.

Baking

  • Place the pan in the preheated oven and bake at 180 degrees Celsius or 356 degrees Fahrenheit for 40 minutes till golden on top.

  • Remove from the oven when you see the top having a golden crust. Various ovens have different temperatures, so keep a check while baking.

  • Let the apple crumble become warm and then serve. You can serve with ice cream, custard or whipped cream. Refrigerate the leftovers and while serving warm in an oven.

Tips & Variations

  • Oats: For a more crunchy and crispy texture, you can add oats. Add ½ cup rolled oats and ½ cup flour.
  • Flour: You can use all-purpose flour instead of whole wheat flour.
  • Cutting & Mixing: You can mix the flour with butter using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. You can also mix with your hands.
  • Vegan options: You can use solid coconut oil instead of butter. If coconut oil is in liquid form, then refrigerate for some minutes till it solidifies. Use maple syrup or raw sugar for apple stuffing. For the streusel use maple syrup or powdered unrefined raw sugar.
  • Sugar: Do use castor sugar or powdered sugar for the streusel layer. For the apple filling, you can add granulated sugar, raw sugar, powdered sugar, brown sugar or castor sugar
  • Butter: Both salted butter or unsalted butter can be used in the recipe. If using salted butter then skip the salt. 

Nutrition Facts

Classic Apple Crumble (with out oats)

Amount Per Serving

Calories 448 Calories from Fat 144

% Daily Value*

Fat 16g25%

Saturated Fat 10g63%

Cholesterol 40mg13%

Sodium 147mg6%

Potassium 306mg9%

Carbohydrates 75g25%

Fiber 7g29%

Sugar 46g51%

Protein 5g10%

Vitamin A 536IU11%

Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%

Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 2mg10%

Vitamin B6 1mg50%

Vitamin B12 1µg17%

Vitamin C 6mg7%

Vitamin D 1µg7%

Vitamin E 1mg7%

Vitamin K 5µg5%

Calcium 44mg4%

Vitamin B9 (Folate) 18µg5%

Iron 1mg6%

Magnesium 52mg13%

Phosphorus 172mg17%

Zinc 1mg7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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