Apple crumble is a classic dessert or pudding perfect comfort food especially in the colder months. This apple crumble recipe is gently spiced with cinnamon, a hint of lemon and finished with a crunchy oat and coconut topping that is almost like biting into an Anzac biscuit.

This delicious dessert/pudding is always a winner in our house.
Apple crumble can be made with either red and green apples. It is often best to use what apples are in season.

Serves a generous 6 serves or 8 modest.

Filling Ingredients

  • Apple red or green – medium 6 to 8 / about 600g – 800g
  • Ground Cinnamon – 1-2 tsp
  • Lemon – 1-2 tbsp
  • Water – about 1/4 cup

Crumble Topping

  • Chilled Cubed Butter – 90g / about 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp
  • Brown sugar – 50g / about 1/4 cup
  • Rolled Oats – 50g / about 1/2 cup
  • Desiccated Coconut – 30g / about 1/3 cup / 5 tbsp
  • Plain Flour / Spelt Flour – 65g / about 1/2 cup
  • Flaked or slivered almonds (optional) – sprinkle
  • Ground cinnamon – 1/2 tsp


  1. PREHEAT oven 160˚C fan / 180˚C
  2. GREASE with a little butter a pie dish or glass casserole dish (I use my rectangular lasagne dish)
  3. APPLES – peel, core and dice your apples and place them into a saucepan.
  4. ADD water, squeeze the juice of half a lemon and sprinkle of cinnamon.
  5. BOIL for 5 minutes with a lid on, then remove the lid and simmer for 15-20minutes until soft. Check that the liquid is not completely evaporated. It works best if the liquid slowly evaporates but your apples don't stick or dry to the base.
  6. CRUMBLE – whisk all the ingredients in a large bowl, add the chilled cubed butter and blend with your fingers tips until the mixture resembles bread crumbs.
  7. SPOON your prepared apples into the base of the prepare baking dish and spread evenly.
  8. CRUMBLE the topping evenly over the apples.
  9. BAKE for 25-30 minutes until crunchy and golden brown. Check at 20 minutes to make sure it's not cooking too much,
  10. REMOVE from the oven and rest for 5-10 minutes before serving. We love this dessert with vanilla ice cream. But feel free to add custard, and or cream.