Sweet, fruity with a hint of lemony tang and perfectly spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg this delicious Apple Crumble is simply THE BEST!
A few days ago a dear friend from church gave us a bushel of apples from another friend who had several apple trees in her backyard and had way too many apples – they didn’t know what to do with them! I was glad that they thought of me when they were thinking of who to give these apples to!
After all, I love apples and I especially love baking with them during fall season as I am the self-proclaimed queen of apple crisps and crumbles!
Talking about crisps and crumbles, do you know the difference between a fruity crisp and a fruity crumble?
Based on some online search, the original difference between the two was the type of streusel topping: crisps usually would have oats but crumbles would use flour instead. In a fruity crisp dessert, the oats in the topping crisp up as it bakes, hence the name.
In a crumble, topping because of the flour in the mix tend to be sandier than a crunchy crisp, or have big clumps rather than an equally distributed crisp topping. Sometimes, the crumble may also have nuts included in the topping which some crisps won’t have at all.
However, it seems, that as time went by, both terms are used interchangeably.
Well, does it even matter when they are, in my opinion, equally scrumptious especially when served warm with ice cream! How heavenly!!! So, who cares, right?
For this particular recipe, while I technically call it an apple crumble – I have opted to use more oatmeal than flour because hubby is a bit gluten-intolerant and won’t be able to enjoy this yummy dessert if it is totally loaded with wheat!
So, if you wish, you can make the streusel topping with full flour – if you don’t have gluten issues or mix both like I did here. Either way, because of the apples, spices and fresh lemon juice – whatever topping you choose – I promise it would be delicious!
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WHAT ARE THE INGREDIENTS TO MAKE THE BEST APPLE CRUMBLE?
HOW DO YOU MAKE THE BEST APPLE CRUMBLE?
Preheat the oven to 350F. Butter a 9×13-inch glass baking pan. Set aside.
In a large bowl, place the apples with lemon zest, lemon juice, 3 tablespoons sugar, half of the ground cinnamon, and salt. Toss well. Let stand for 15 minutes.
In a food processor, place the oats, pecans or walnuts, flour, remaining sugar, and ground cinnamon plus the chilled sliced butter. Pulse 5-7 times or just until mixed and the butter pieces are roughly the size of peas.
Place the apple mixture into the prepared baking dish. Distribute the oatmeal mixture evenly on top of the apples. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until bubbly and lightly browned on top.
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THE BEST APPLE CRUMBLE
- 8 apples (honeycrisp or a combo of honeycrisp and Granny Smith), peeled, cored and cubed
- 1 lemon, zested
- 2 tbsp lemon juice (use the same lemon that you grate the zest from)
- 6 tbsp brown sugar, divided
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon, divided
- ½ tsp ground nutmeg
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 cup old-fashioned oats
- ½ cup pecans or walnuts, coarsely chopped
- 2 tbsp flour (use grounded oatmeal if you want a completely gluten-free crumble)
- ½ cup (8 tablespoons) butter, chilled and cut into small cubes
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Butter a 9×13-inch glass baking pan. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, place the apples with lemon zest, lemon juice, 3 tablespoons sugar, half of the ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg and salt. Toss well. Let stand for 15 minutes.
- In a food processor, place the oats, pecans or walnuts, flour, remaining sugar and ground cinnamon plus the chilled sliced butter. Pulse 5-7 times or just until mixed and the butter pieces are roughly the size of peas.
- Place the apple mixture into the prepared baking dish. Distribute the oatmeal mixture evenly on top of the apples. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until bubbly and lightly browned on top.
Last updated on August 8th, 2023 at 08:37 pm