Caramel Apple Crumble

April 17, 2012

The weather has been beautiful lately: pleasant and with the right amount of chill in the air. Yet I’m still in my autumn slump with barely any patience or energy to do anything more than heating up my dinner in a microwave. Oh yes, cue the violins and weep for me people for I am wasting my favourite season moping about. I am in desperate need of a sea change.

But at least I have my apple crumble. It is still one of my most loved comfort food and one of the first that I learnt to make once I trusted my clumsy ass around an oven. I remember the chilly afternoons after school and many frosty nights where this humble dessert would make an appearance. All it took was some quick knife work, a bit of butter-into-flour action and less than 30 minutes later, bliss. Molten tender apple cinnamony bliss and always working in perfect harmony with a stone cold dollop of custard or cream. Mercy.

This crumble is yet another sign that I am a little caramel happy and that I have a nasty habit of changing things up from simple and traditional to well, nasty and decadent. But trust me on this one. It’s so so good if only for the apple-y tasting caramel at the end that worked wonders for my mood. I suspect many crumbles will be demolished in the next couple of months as I ponder my next move.

Aaaand for disclosure’s sake, the apples used here were generously sent to me thanks to Aussie Apples, which I was more than thrilled to have received and used. Support the local fruit and farmers my friends!

Caramel Apple Crumble
Serves 2
  1. 80g plain flour
  2. 50g wholemeal flour
  3. 20g desiccated coconut
  4. 60g brown sugar
  5. 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  6. 70g butter, slightly softened and chopped
Caramel Apple
  1. 60ml cream
  2. 1 small cinnamon stick
  3. 120g caster sugar
  4. 60ml water
  5. 10g butter
  6. pinch of sea salt
  7. 4 apples, peeled, cored and chopped into 2cm chunks
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C and lightly grease two large ramekins or ovenproof dishes.
  2. To make the crumble, whisk together the flours, coconut, sugar and cinnamon. Rub the butter into the flour until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. For the caramel apple, gently heat the cream with the cinnamon stick, remove from heat and allow to infuse for about 10-20 minutes. Remove the cinnamon.
  4. In another pan, add the water and sugar and stir over low heat until sugar has dissolved. Crank up the heat to medium, bring to a boil then cook until caramel is amber and golden.
  5. Remove from heat and add the warmed cream, taking care as it will splutter and bubble. Add the butter and salt then stir over low heat until everything has combined.
  6. Add the chopped apples, stir to coat then cook for a few minutes. If you like a softer apple filling then cook a little longer until apples are just tender.
  7. With a slotted spoon, spoon apples into 2 large ramekins or ovenproof dishes. Scatter crumble over the surface then bake for 20-25 minutes or until crumble is golden and the filling is bubbling.
  8. With the remaining apple caramel, whisk through some extra cream if you wish to make a caramel sauce (use for the crumble or over ice cream etc).
  9. Serve crumbles with a dollop of double cream or custard and if you wish, a good dose of that apple caramel sauce.
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{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

Marie@citronlimette May 17, 2012 at 10:04

Looks delicious.


muppy May 14, 2012 at 20:33

this looks so good, mmmmmm hungry now!


Giselle May 9, 2012 at 15:00

Wow this looks definitely delicious and I have never tried this even before.. thanks for the idea and the recipe here..


Me and My Sweets May 7, 2012 at 19:25

Yum Yum!!!

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Christina @ The Hungry Australian May 5, 2012 at 23:54

This looks ridiculously good, Karen. I want to eat this right now.


Vintage Macaroon May 5, 2012 at 15:32

Comfort Food!,mmm nothing better :)


Jeline May 4, 2012 at 18:51

I just love giving this a try.. Looks like the one my family really like a lot.. Thanks for the yummy post..


sugarpuffi April 30, 2012 at 18:29

that looks SO good! definitely going to try this during the winter!


Lisa April 29, 2012 at 19:50

Looks delicious Karen! I’ve had crumble on the brain lately too, I’m thinking rhubarb and pear next.


Catty April 28, 2012 at 16:37

This looks delicious and reasonably simple enough that I mig be able to make it!


Myrtle April 27, 2012 at 17:28

These Caramel Apple Crumble made me hungry. Thanks for sharing these mouthwatering post with us.


Krizza April 27, 2012 at 11:47

Looks yummy Karen..I want to make some for my friends..Thanks for sharing with us..


Anna @The Littlest Anchovy April 26, 2012 at 19:52

All my favourite things in the one bowl! Looks insane Karen!


Myrtle April 26, 2012 at 17:55

Thanks for providing the recipe here.. I hope this can help me try it on weekends.. Thanks for the instructions too!


Peter G | Souvlaki For The Soul April 24, 2012 at 13:29

*Lick screen*…drool…salivate…my lord! This looks amazing Karen! The caramel is genius!


Gastronomy Gal April 21, 2012 at 08:36

Sorry to hear you are still in your slump but crumble is the perfect food to make a slump taste delicious. Maybe you should come for a trip to the country, see how depressing the ‘dining scene’ is here and then you will feel infinitely better about yourself!


Janine April 20, 2012 at 15:43

sonehow apple and crumble spells the perfect autumn desert to me! whenever i’m in syd this time of the year, i’m sure to treat myself to some ice cream and crumble ;p


Nina April 19, 2012 at 05:43

Nice idea of using caramel…looks fantastic. great pics:)


tinafreysd April 19, 2012 at 01:01

Its a good kind of dessert..I will try to make this on weekend..Thanks for sharing..


Jacq April 18, 2012 at 12:17

Love the addition of the caramel to the apples – this will be a great twist to my usual apple crumble!


Becs@Lay the table April 18, 2012 at 07:06

That looks like a very hearty crumble topping! I do love apple puddings, especially with a generous addition of cinnamon!


Sarvani @ baker in disguise April 17, 2012 at 23:16

what i would not do to have some cold weather right now in excrutiatingly hot India. Apple crumble is such a winter dessert.. sigh.. i miss it.. and with that caremel..sigh….


Sara (Belly Rumbles) April 17, 2012 at 19:22

Apple crumble with rich vanilla ice cream is one of my winter faves. Perfect for the weather at the moment (looks outside at the torrential rain)


mykitchenstories April 17, 2012 at 18:04

I could eat a swimming pool full of this. I just love crumble ( ESPECIALLY APPLE). Love the caramel


thelittleloaf April 17, 2012 at 17:16

The weather is England has been horrendous this morning so opening my email to see this gorgeous comforting crumble has made me smile. Absolutely gorgeous.


Phuoc'n Delicious April 17, 2012 at 15:42

Oh yes baby… That crumble would go down perfectly just about now


Tina @ bitemeshowme April 17, 2012 at 08:22

haha i read the first line “weather has been so beautiful lately” and then look outside.. oh how Sydney weather cant make up its mind! Anyways, that looks like the perfect autumn/winter dessert. For those nights you just want to stay indoors with oversized pjs and bed socks on, curled up on the couch… ahhhhhhhhh.


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