Bake this amazing apple crumble and be ready to take a bow. It is incredible!
It's a very easy preparation. Just peel and slice 3 or 4 apples, mix the dry ingredients with butter, and bake. It's a fantastic dessert for a family meal or take it to a potluck or holiday dinner. This crumble is a dessert your family will ask for again and again! With apples available all year round, there's just no reason to wait for apple season to make it.
The crumble may also be made with fresh sliced pears. I used two large Granny Smith apples and one Cortland apple, and the contrast between the tart apple filling and the sweet and buttery cinnamon-spiced topping was perfect. Feel free to use all or part brown sugar in the topping. I used about 2/3 cup of brown sugar and 1/3 cup of granulated sugar in the crumble pictured.
Heat the oven to 350° F (180° C/Gas 4). Butter a 9-inch square baking pan or a 1 1/2- to 2-quart baking dish.
Peel and core the apples and cut into thin wedges.
Place the sliced apples in the prepared baking pan or dish and add the water.
In a medium bowl combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Mix well to blend. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or your fingers until mixture is blended and resembles coarse crumbs.
Sprinkle the crumb mixture evenly over the apples.
Bake in the preheated oven for 35 to 45 minutes, or until the apples are tender. The time might vary a bit depending on the thickness of the apple slices and the depth of the apples in the baking dish.
Serve the apple crumble warm with ice cream, if desired. It would also be great with a drizzling of plain whipping cream or freshly whipped cream.
- Replace the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend.
- Substitute all or part brown sugar (light or dark) for the granulated sugar.
- Add about 1/2 cup of chopped (plain or toasted) pecans or walnuts to the topping.
- Replace part or all of the sliced apples with sliced pears.
- Toss the apple slices with 1 to 2 tablespoons of lemon juice for extra tartness. Reduce the water accordingly.
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