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.

Step by step…

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

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

For the crumble I mixed light brown sugar and plain flour together. I then added 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!

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Spiced Apple Crumble

Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Keyword Dessert
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6
Author thebakingexplorer


For the filling

  • 3 Large cooking apples about 600g
  • 70 g Sultanas
  • 70 g Light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Mixed spice
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 Orange

For the crumble

  • 305g Plain flour
  • 220 g Butter
  • 190 g Light brown sugar


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4

  2. Peel and chop the apples into small pieces. Add the sultanas, light brown sugar, cinnamon, mixed spice, nutmeg and the zest of the orange

  3. Mix it all together and spread it out into a 31x21cm (12x8 inches) dish
  4. For the crumble mix 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

  5. Spread the crumble topping over the fruit and bake it for 45 minutes until golden and bubbling

  6. Serve immediately

Recipe Notes

Mixed spice is a British spice blend containing Cinnamon, Coriander Seed, Nutmeg, Clove, Pimento, Ginger. If you can't get hold of it, use a Pumpkin Spice mix instead

If you like this, check out more of my Dessert recipes!

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