Autumn is one of our favourite times of the year when there’s an abundance of varieties of apples for us to cook with. We immediately don our aprons and knock up this beautifully warming, life affirming crumble.



2 lbs / 900g apples peeled, cored and sliced – We like to use a mixture of Bramleys and dessert apples as it makes for an interesting texture.

1 tablespoon of water

Sugar to sweeten – you will probably need about 4 ozs / 100g sugar but if you’d rather eliminate additional sugar, use only dessert apples as they’re much sweeter!

Cinnamon to taste



10ozs / 250g flour

8ozs / 200g salted butter – if unsalted butter is used, put in a pinch of salt

2ozs / 50g brown sugar

2ozs / 50g oatmeal (breakfast sort)



1. Place the apples in a saucepan with the water. They will draw their own water as they cook.

2. When soft but lumpy, add sufficient sugar to sweeten the mixture.

3. Add sufficient cinnamon to flavour well.

4. Place the apple mixture in an oven proof dish and spread out evenly to be about 2″ thick.

5. Make the crumble by rubbing the butter into the sugar, oatmeal and flour until very well
combined. The mixture should be crumbly. If it sticks together then grate it over the apple

6. Spread the crumble over the apple mixture ensuring that it covers the entire surface well.

7. Bake in oven 400ºF/200ºC for about ¾ hour until golden brown.

8. Enjoy with some freshly whipped cream in the cosiest corner of your house.