Ultimate Crumb Apple Crumble

Here’s a delicious and easy Ultimate Crumb Apple Crumble recipe for your next holiday meal.  I got rave reviews.  My sister said it was the best apple pie she ever ate (I didn’t correct her).  My sister-in-law said that I outdid myself with this recipe.  It was her idea to combine my ultimate crumbs with apple pie filling.

Ultimate Crumb Apple Crumble | Bakewell Junction - the best you'll ever make.

Ultimate Crumb Apple Crumble | Bakewell Junction

The filling’s flavor gets infused into the crumbs, so they are just amazingly delicious.  Don’t be fooled by the pictures, I didn’t have enough time or crumble to linger over the pictures.  This photo was two seconds before everyone dug in.

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.  We had six to seven inches of snow and 13 hours of no power (yes, no power on Thanksgiving).  We postponed the holiday dinner until Saturday.  It was wonderful to see everyone even though it was postponed.  It sort of threw me off schedule too because this was the Pizzelle making weekend so the hubby and I squeezed it in on Sunday.

Ultimate Crumb Apple Crumble | Bakewell Junction - the best you'll ever have.Crumbs on the top, crumbs on the bottom… It can’t get any better than this!

See that large crumb on the tip of this piece?  I grabbed it and ate it just after I took the picture.


Last but not least, today is D Day the Day that Will Live in Infamy!  Thank you to all the veterans who fought and those that still fight for our freedom.

Ultimate Crumb Apple Crumble

Yield:  12 servings                 Cook Time:  105 minutes



  • 1 lb butter, melted
  • 5 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


  • 1 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon peel (substitution 2 teaspoon lemon juice)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 3/4 pounds Honeycrisp apples (about 6 medium), peeled, halved cored, cut into 1/4 inch thick slices and then 1/3 inch chunks (about 8 cups) (can use yellow-skinned ripe Golden Delicious)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • powdered sugar for sprinkling, one or more tablespoons to taste
  • whipped cream (optional)
  • vanilla ice cream (optional)

Step 1:  For the filling:  In a large bowl, mix brown sugar, flour, lemon peel, and cinnamon in large bowl.  Add apple slices and vanilla.  Mix until well coated.  Move the mixture to a stock pot and begin heating on medium for about 10 minutes.  When the mixture begins bubbling, turn it down to low and cook for another 20 to 30 minutes until the apples are fork tender.  Let the mixture cool to about room temperature.

Step 2:  For the crumbs:  While the filling is cooling, mix together all the ingredients for the crumbs with a fork to start.  Finish mixing with fingers.  There should be large crumbs.

Step 3:  Assembly:  Spray the pie pan liberally with cooking spray.  Press about 1/3 to 3/8 of the crumbs onto the bottom and up the sides of the pie plate.  Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 15 minutes.  Remove the pie plate from the oven and let cool.

Step 4:  Spoon the cooled apple pieces onto the bottom crumbs.  Leave any extra liquid behind.  Cover the edges of the crumbs with aluminum foil so they don’t get too dark. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 40 minutes with a cookie sheet or aluminum foil underneath to catch any possible drippings.

Step 5:  Remove the crumble from the oven and sprinkle with the remaining crumbs evenly across the top.  The crumbs will sink into the apple filling a little, that’s to be expected.  Return the crumble to the oven and bake for another 20 to 30 minutes.  Remove from oven and cool on a rack completely.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar.  Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.  Hide any leftovers so you have some when you’re craving it.

Storing:  Store at room temperature covered with plastic wrap for a few days until ready to serve.


Filling recipe adapted from Bonappetit posted by Chris Hall.
Crumb recipe adapted from my co-worker’s wife’s home recipe.

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29 thoughts on “Ultimate Crumb Apple Crumble

  1. I’ve been making a lot of apple recipes the past few months. They are just so good! I will have to try this apple crumble sometime soon. It sounds delicious!

    Thanks for joining us for Hump Day Happenings! Have a wonderful week.

  2. G’day Thx for stopping by and sharing this at our #SayGdayParty Pinned
    Please make sure to return if you haven’t already to G’day to the hosts and someone at the party! Cheers!
    Joanne @ What’s On The List

  3. I’m totally in love with this! Yummy! Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you being a part of our party, and I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. We love partying with you!
    Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls

  4. Looks absolutely scrumptious!!!

    Thanks so much for coming & linking up with us on last week’s Inspired By Me Mondays! Hope you can come join us again for this week’s party 🙂 Rachael @ Diamonds in the Rough

  5. Ooo, yum. This looks really really good. We have made apple pie and apple crisp, this would be a great new recipe to try with the children.
    I wanted to thank you for stopping by and sharing on Throwback Thursday, though I wonder if you meant to share on my weekly recipe linky. My Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen post goes live Friday mornings if you would like to stop by and share. The idea behind Throwback Thursday is to share blog posts from the past, preferably from a year or several years ago, to help revive old content. I do love seeing your wonderful recipes though, and would love to see what you would share from your archives.
    I did want to let you know that Throwback Thursday will be taking a break next week while we celebrate Christmas, but it will be back for the new year. Until then, my Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen linky will go live tomorrow morning. Hope to see you there.

  6. Crumb’s the best part! Thanks for stopping by and sharing this recipe with us – you’re featured this week on Five Friday Finds! I’m looking forward to what you share this week. 🙂


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