Easy Apple Crumble without Oats

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How to make an old-fashioned apple crumble without oats, from Grandma's recipe box. Sliced apples with a quick and easy cinnamon brown sugar topping.

‘Tis the season for all your favorite apple recipes, including a lip smacking good apple crisp that will definitely get people talking.

This old-fashioned apple crumble comes to you, courtesy of my grandmother's recipe box. She handwrote the card and put the name “Ruby” at the top; I think I actually remember Grandma talking about a Ruby.

serving of apple crumble without oats, with scoop of vanilla ice cream on white plate with fork

It seems Grandma collected recipes everywhere she went. And this easy apple crumble was no exception.

As with all my favorite apple recipes, I use my favorite apple peeler tool to help me make a quick job of this beloved apple pie. It cores, peels, and slices the apples all in one shot.

And the streusel topping comes together in about 5-10 minutes. Made with flour, sugar, and cinnamon, you can crumble it right on top of the apples and then bake. It's so easy!

While my favorite Dutch apple crumb pie involves a little more work, it's yet another family favorite dessert this time of year.

baked apple crisp in white baking dish with scoop removed

WHERE CAN I FIND THE ACTUAL RECIPE CARD?

If you’d rather skip all of my baking tips, important info for this recipe, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to the classic apple crumble recipe – just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card.

INGREDIENTS YOU'LL NEED:

Keep in mind, all of the ingredient amounts you’ll need are in the printable recipe card below.

KITCHEN TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT YOU'LL NEED:

Apple Peeler – Making apple pie, apple bundt cakeapple butterapple juiceapplesauce, and all things apple will never be the same tedious task with this tool. It makes the process so much quicker and easier.

Paring Knife

9×13 Baking Dish

Mixing Bowl

Pastry Blender – This makes it easy to blend the topping ingredients together.

Coffee Maker – Some of my favorite memories are dessert with my grandmother. She always loved a hot cup of coffee with her pie.

serving of easy apple crumble on white plate with fork

LET'S TALK ABOUT BEST APPLES FOR BAKING

Personally, I love making any kind of apple crisp, cobbler, crumble, or pie with Jonathan apples or Jonagold apples. Jonagolds are a cross between Jonathans and Golden Delicious, and they are so sweet, tart, and crisp.

This time, however, I used apples I'd picked from my mom's apple tree. I'm honestly not sure what kind they are, but they make the BEST pies and crumbles.

Some of the best apples to use include:

  • Jonathan
  • Jonagold
  • Granny Smith apples
  • Golden Delicious
  • Pink Lady
  • Honeycrisp
  • Braeburn
  • and Northern Spy – According to Bob's Red Mill, this is a rare apple and hard to find; but if you love apple pie, it's definitely one you may want to hunt down.

WHERE CAN I FIND THE BEST APPLES FOR PIE?

Fall is a great time to find the best apples for pie, but you can use any apples you can find, whether you’re shopping at an orchard, a farmer’s market, the store, or just picking off your own trees.

One of my favorite tips… In the fall, you can usually buy seconds at just about any orchard (and sometimes at the farmer’s market). Meaning you can buy a HUGE box of apples for a lot less than normal cost, which is going to save you a ton of money.

fork with bite of easy apple crisp, topped with scoop of vanilla ice cream, on white plate

IS THERE A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN APPLE CRISP AND APPLE CRUMBLE?

You might be like me and wondering what's the big deal.

Well, here in the States, the terms can be used interchangeably. However, most of the time a crisp involves oats. Not always, but most of the time.

Grandma called this an apple crisp. I'm mostly calling it an apple crumble because of the brown sugar cookie like crisp topping and no oats.

Crumble is what comes to my mind when I think about this dessert.

HOW TO MAKE APPLE CRUMBLE WITHOUT OATS

This apple crisp recipe without oats is so easy to make; it involves just a few steps…

  1. Core, peel, and slice the washed apples, and add them to a greased 9×13 casserole dish.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, sugar, and brown sugar.
  3. Using a pastry blender, mix the dry ingredients with the unbeaten eggs and melted butter, forming a kind of crumble topping.
  4. Crumble the topping right over the apples.
steps for how to make apple crumble without oats, including adding sliced apples to white baking dish, mixing dry ingredients together in mint green mixing bowl, blending eggs and melted butter with dry ingredients in mint green mixing bowl, and crumbling topping over apples in white casserole dish

And that's it. Just bake it uncovered for the first 20 minutes (at 425° F); it should be a nice golden brown. Then cover it with foil, and bake another 10 to 15 minutes, 'til the apples are tender.

Once you've removed it from the oven, allow it to cool for about 15 minutes before serving.

gluten-free apple crumble baked in white baking dish

HOW TO SERVE APPLE CRISP

Serving apple crumble with vanilla ice cream is the absolute best! You can serve it with whipped cream too, but personally, I go for the ice cream every time.

While it's delicious when served warm from the oven, especially with a nice warm mug of coffee, it's equally as delicious when it's cold. So no worries if you're making this dessert in advance.

We usually let it sit out on the counter for 2-3 days just fine. Any longer, and you may want to throw it in the refrigerator.

CAN I MAKE A GLUTEN-FREE APPLE CRUMBLE?

Yes, you most definitely can; in fact, I used my favorite gluten-free flour to make this recipe. Just make sure all of your other ingredients are gluten-free too.

old-fashioned apple crumble with scoop of vanilla ice cream on white plate

WHY IS MY APPLE CRUMBLE DRY?

Well, to be honest, you must be using another recipe, because this particular crumble is so moist and delicious.

However, I guess it could depend on the apples you use and the cook time.

It could also depend on the amount of butter you use in the recipe. 8 tablespoons seems to be the right amount of butter to give this topping the right amount of crispness and moisture that blends right in with the apples.

CAN I FREEZE THIS EASY APPLE CRUMBLE?

Yes, you can freeze this dessert, baked or unbaked. Just be sure to store it in an airtight container or baking dish, so it doesn't get freezer burn.

classic apple crumble baked and scooped in white casserole dish

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Easy Apple Crumble without Oats

Easy Apple Crumble without Oats

How to make an old-fashioned apple crumble without oats. Slice apples and cover with a quick and easy cinnamon brown sugar topping. Grandma's recipe!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 12 to 15 apples, cored, peeled, and sliced
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour*
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup pure cane sugar (or granulated sugar)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 8 tablespoons salted butter, melted

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 425° F.
  2. Core, peel, and slice the washed apples, and add them to a greased 9×13 casserole dish.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, sugar, and brown sugar.
  4. Using a pastry blender, mix the dry ingredients with the unbeaten eggs and melted butter, forming a kind of crumble topping.
  5. Crumble the topping right over the apples.
  6. Bake, uncovered, at 425° F for about 20 minutes; the crust should be a nice golden brown. Then cover with aluminum foil, and bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes, 'til apples are tender.
  7. Once you've removed it from the oven, allow it to cool for about 15 minutes before serving.
  8. Serve with vanilla ice cream and/or whipped cream and coffee.

Notes

*You can also make this with gluten-free flour.

We usually let apple crumble sit out on the counter for 2-3 days just fine. Any longer, and you may want to throw it in the refrigerator.

CAN I FREEZE THIS EASY APPLE CRUMBLE?

Yes, you can freeze this dessert, baked or unbaked. Just be sure to store it in an airtight container or baking dish, so it doesn't get freezer burn.

BEST APPLES FOR BAKING

Personally, I love making any kind of apple crisp, cobbler, crumble, or pie with Jonathan apples or Jonagold apples. Jonagolds are a cross between Jonathans and Golden Delicious, and they are so sweet, tart, and crisp.

This time, however, I used apples I'd picked from my mom's apple tree. I'm honestly not sure what kind they are, but they make the BEST pies and crumbles.

Some of the best apples to use include:

  • Jonathan
  • Jonagold
  • Granny Smith apples
  • Golden Delicious
  • Pink Lady
  • Honeycrisp
  • Braeburn
  • and Northern Spy

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 298Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 39mgSodium: 319mgCarbohydrates: 60gFiber: 5gSugar: 41gProtein: 3g

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2 thoughts on “Easy Apple Crumble without Oats”

  1. Northern Spy apples are pretty common in Ontario, they taste a bit like Courtland apples mixed with Spartan ones. Better for cooking than eating.

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