Spiced Apple Crumble - The Baking Explorer

Spiced Apple Crumble

I had a craving for apple crumble last weekend. It must be the drop in temperature, it makes me want warm cosy foods. I’ve already had my first (and second!) mulled wine of the season, and I wanted to add those winter flavours and spices to this crumble to make it extra cosy and perfect for Christmas time. The other great thing about crumble is that it is so easy to make, once assembled it’s just a matter of snuggling under a blanket and waiting for it to bake.

I started by peeling and chopping 3 large cooking apple into small pieces. It was about 600g of apples, but 3 large Bramley apples should do the trick. I added 70g sultanas, 70g light brown sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp mixed spice, a pinch of nutmeg and the zest of 1 orange.

I mixed it all together and spread it out into a dish. My dish is 31x21cm (12×8 inches).

For the crumble I mixed 190g light brown sugar and 350g plain flour together. I then added 220g butter, cut into cubes and rubbed it with my fingers until it looked like breadcrumbs. This is quite a thick crumble topping, which is how I like it, so if you prefer a thinner layer take a third off the measurements.

I spread the crumble topping over the fruit and baked it on 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 45 minutes until golden and bubbling.

Serve warm with custard for a warming and spicy winter treat!

Spiced Apple Crumble


  • 3 Large cooking apples
  • 70 g Sultanas
  • 260 g Light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Mixed spice
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 Orange
  • 305g Plain flour
  • 220 g Butter


  1. Peel and chop the apples into small pieces. Add the sultanas, 70g of the light brown sugar, cinnamon, mixed spice, nutmeg and the zest of the orange
  2. Mix it all together and spread it out into a 31x21cm (12x8 inches) dish
  3. For the crumble mix 190g of the light brown sugar and the plain flour together. Then add the butter, cut into cubes, and rub it with your fingers until it looks like breadcrumbs
  4. Spread the crumble topping over the fruit and bake it on 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 45 minutes until golden and bubbling

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