How to Make Crumble for Apple Pie

Get tips on how to make the perfect crumble for your next apple pie.find out what ingredients you need and follow our step-by-step guide.

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What You Need

There are only a few ingredients needed for apple pie crumble and you likely have most of them in your pantry already. For the crumble topping, you will need flour, sugar, butter, and cinnamon. That’s it! Making the crumble is also very easy.


In order to make crumble, you will need a few basic pieces of equipment:
-A baking dish: This can be any size or shape, but a 9×13 inch baking dish is a good place start
-A pastry cutter: This is a tool that looks like a large fork with fluted blades. It is used to cut butter or Margarine into flour.
-A wooden spoon: This is for stirring the mixture together.
-Measuring cups and spoons: You will need these to measure the ingredients.


Ingredients for an Apple Crumble:
You will need:
-6 to 7 cups of thinly sliced and peeled apples (about 2 ½ pounds)
-1 cup of sugar
-2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
-1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
-¼ teaspoon of ground ginger
-¼ teaspoon of ground nutmeg
-1 recipe for double crust pie dough *see link below*
Crumble Topping:
You will need:
-1 cup of rolled oats
-1 cup of all purpose flour
-¾ cup of packed brown sugar
-½ cup of butter (1 stick), melted and cooled slightly

Making the Crumble

The crumble is an important part of the apple pie, and it can be easily made with just a few ingredients. The most important ingredient in the crumble is the flour. You will need to use a flour that is high in gluten, such as bread flour, so that the crumble is nice and crispy.

Step One

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Mix the sugar, flour, salt, and cinnamon, and sprinkle over the apples.

Next, cut in the butter or margarine until it resembles coarse crumbs. You can do this with a pastry blender, two knives, or your fingers.

Then, sprinkle the mixture over the apples in the pie dish. Bake on the lower shelf of the oven for about 25 minutes, or until the topping is golden brown.

Step Two

Next, you’ll need to make the crumble. In a medium bowl, mix together 1/2 cup of flour, 1/4 cup of sugar, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Cut in 6 tablespoons of cold butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Set this aside for now.

Step Three

After you have mixed the topping ingredients together, it’s time to put it on the pie. Be sure to evenly distribute the crumble over the top of the apples. You can do this with your hands or a spoon. Once you have a nice even layer, it’s time to bake the pie.

Baking the Crumble

Making the crumble is one of the most important steps to make perfect apple pie. The crumble defines the texture of the pie and can make or break the dish. There are a few things to keep in mind when baking the crumble. In this section, we’ll go over everything you need to know to make a perfect crumble for your apple pie.

Step One

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 9 inch pie dish.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar and salt. Cut in the butter until it resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the nuts. Mix in the egg yolk until mixture forms clumps.
Press two thirds of the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the prepared pie dish. Reserve the remaining crumble for topping

Step Two

Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).

In medium bowl, stir together 1/2 cup (125 mL) of the sugar, flour, salt and nutmeg. Using pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in oats. Sprinkle over apples.


Assemble all the ingredients: 6-7 cups of apples (sliced), 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/2 cup of packed brown sugar, 3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg, and 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger.

Step One

The key to a perfect crumble is using the right ratio of ingredients and getting the crumble topping to the right consistency. For this recipe, you’ll need 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour, 1/4 cup of sugar, 1/4 cup of packed light brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 6 tablespoons of butter.

First, mix together the flour, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl. Then, use a pastry blender or your fingers to cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

You can make the crumble ahead of time and store it in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for up to three months.

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