Apple Crumble

Learn how to cook a traditional Apple Crumble with spiced apples

How to cook a traditional apple crumble with perfect crunch, a jammy filling and warming tradition in one dish

Calling all cooks: learn how to cook a traditional apple crumble for your next family gathering.

You will sprinkle chunks of tart granny smith apples with sugar. Dust them with warm spices to evoke scents of the East. Then you will bind oats and brown sugar. Mix these with perfect buttery goodness before dusting with the same spice mix to meld the textures and flavours.

This is home cooking and family baking at its best and easiest. It’s time you bring back a tradition. We will give you the tips and tricks. You bring the family.

If you want something special for a dinner party – you can find my MasterChef version of apple crumble here.

For top crumble tips from an Aussie Master Chef finalist you can head here.

But we think our version is the best. When I watch my young adult children scoop helping after helping into their bowls, it warms my heart as much as the dish does!

Traditional Apple Crumble

A traditional apple crumble with spiced apples, the perfect crunch, a jammy filling and warming tradition in one dish.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Australian, British, New Zealand
Keyword apple crumble, apple dessert, baked apple, dessert, pudding
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 people



  • 1 cup rolled oats porridge oats
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon cardamom, clove mix
  • 125 g butter melted
  • Pinch of salt if you use unsalted butter


  • 1 kilo Granny Smith Apples green apples
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon, cardamom, clove mix

Spice Mix

  • 6 cardamom pods crushed
  • 1 cm cinnamon stick
  • 6 cloves


Spice Mix

  1. Use a coffee grinder or a thermomix to grind up fresh spices. Transfer to a small container. These are wonderful to add to tea with some brown sugar to sweeten (think Chai) or to a brownie mix too!


  1. Preheat your oven to 180C bake

  2. Peel your apples, core them and slice thickly or cut into chunky cubes

  3. Pop into a large bowl with all the other ingredients. Toss with a wooden spoon making sure that all the ingredients are combined.

  4. Tip into a shallow baking dish, approx 20cm x 20cm


  1. Add all of the topping ingredients into the same bowl you used to mix the apples.

  2. Use your fingers to bring all the ingredients together into large clumpy crumbs

  3. Scoop the crumbled topping onto the apple but don't press it down or try to smooth it out.

  4. Cook in the preheated oven for 30 minutes until the top is golden brown and your kitchen is filled with the scent of baked spiced apples.

  5. Serve warm or cold depending on the season. Top with ice cream or homemade custard.

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