Quick and Easy Apple Crumble

This is entirely based on my fruit hating (yes – actual hate) son and Dame La Aga’s dramatical tendencies (don’t cook won’t cook…or just burn).


  • 4 large cooking apples, 5 eaters peeled, cored and chunked (app 3cm not too big to be “real” (my son) and will cook quickly)
  • 2 tbsp golden caster sugar then throw on Demerara sugar and Muscavado sugar – douse the apples!
  • Ground cinnamon – to taste – which for us is about two teaspoons!
This much sugar!!! Then a long walk after consumption!

For the crumble

  • 175g plain flour
  • 150g golden caster sugar and a cheeky tablespoon of muscovado sugar
  • 150g cold salted butter
  • Cinnamon again to taste (we just sprinkle across the top)
  • A sprinkle across the top of crunchy Demerara sugar half way through cooking (otherwise it burns)


  • STEP 1 Heat the oven to 190C/170 fan/gas 5 if you don’t have a temperamental Aga.
  • STEP 2 Toss the chopped up apples with the mix of sugars in a baking dish and put in a 26cm stoneware dish at least 10cm deep.
  • STEP 3 Pop into the top of the Aga, straight onto the floor of the top roasting oven and ask nicely if she will cook it for ten minutes.
  • STEP 4 After 10-15 minutes slot onto top second shelf of the roasting oven.

  • STEP 5 Put 175g plain flour and 150g golden caster sugar in a bowl.
  • STEP 4 Slice in 150g cold salted butter and rub it in with your fingertips until the mixture looks like moist breadcrumbs. Alternatively, pulse in a processor. This will stick slightly as it is so buttery but this is what my children demand in order to consume ghastly apples!
  • STEP 5 Pour the crumb mix over the apples to form a pile in the centre, even out then sprinkle over cinammon.
  • STEP 6 Cook in middle of top oven for 15 minutes then add just a bit more sugar (demerara as above).
  • STEP 7 Cook for another 10-15 minutes but maybe move the shelf down depending upon how aggressive your Aga is!

Cover in thick gloopy custard (!) and intone “One of your five a day, one of your five a day”. Enjoy xxx


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October 28, 2021 at 8:48 pm

Rebecca, I can follow this recipe easily! I can’t thank you enough, I can not wait to make this!

Rebecca Lovattreply
October 30, 2021 at 6:33 am
– In reply to: Jennifer

Oh you are so so lovely!!! Thank you so much gorgeous lady. xxxx

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