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Warm apple crumble

Who can resist the smell of spicy apples baking in the oven? This easy apple crumble with

juicy apples and crispy crumble will surely warm your soul on a cold winter’s day.

Photographs: Natasha Liviero / Pexels

Text: Natasha Liviero

Warm apple crumble

Makes 1 x 24cm crumble


800g green apples (tart apples like

Granny Smith works well)

90g granulated sugar

3g ground mixed spice

Zest of 1 orange (optional)

For the crumble:

50g granulated sugar

50g light brown sugar

50g flour

Pinch of salt

50g oats

90g butter, cold and cubed

120 pecans, roughly chopped


  1. Set oven to 2000C.

  2. Butter a 24cm pie dish (or any dish of a similar size).

  3. Peel and core the apples. Chop roughly into 2cm pieces.

  4. Place apples, sugar, mixed spice and zest, if using, in a pan and heat until apples soften slightly and sugar has melted - around 12 minutes on medium heat.

  5. Prepare the crumble by combining the sugars, flour, salt, oats and butter in a bowl. Mix the butter into the dry ingredients with your fingertips until it resembles sea sand. Mix in the pecans.

  6. Pour the apples and any juices into the dish.

  7. Distribute the crumble evenly over the apples. Don’t worry if the crumble becomes soft and dough-like; it will still be crisp once baked.

  8. Bake for 30 minutes, until the crumble is golden brown and the apples have softened.

  9. Best eaten warm and served with whipped cream, custard or vanilla ice cream.

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