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Apple Bread Crumb Crumble

Apple Bread Crumb Crumble

Mamta Gupta

Dessert Easy Sweet Vegetarian

Apple crumble is one of our family favourites, specially served with hot custard. In this version, bread crumbs are used instead of flour and butter topping. It can be served with vanilla ice-cream or fresh cream too.

Serves 4


  • 2 cooking apples or any other sharp apples
  • 1-2 tbsp. sugar (powder or granular sugar free sweetener can be used)
  • A sprinkle of cinnamon powder
  • 2-3 large bread slices
  • 2 tbsp. butter, chilled


  1. Peel, core and cut apples into cubes. If apples are very sweet, add juice of 1/2 a lime or lemon.
  2. Place in a microwave oven proof pie dish, with 2 tablespoon of water.
  3. Cover and microwave on full, for 5-6 minutes. You can stew apples in a pan, if you do not have a microwave. Cooking apples is necessary because bread crumbs cook faster than crumble made of flour and this means that the apples do not have enough time to cook.
  4. Place bread slices and butter together in a food processor and make crumbs.
  5. Add cinnamon and sugar/sweetener to the stewed apples and stir in gently.
  6. Cover with a layer of bread crumbs.
  7. Cook in hot oven, at 200°C, 400°F or Gas mark 6, for 20 minutes, until crumbs look golden.
  8. Serve hot, with custard or vanilla ice-cream or cream.


  • Tip from Stokey Sue of BBC food message boards: Butter the bread before making crumbs with it. This kind of forces the butter into the bread and it crisps up much better than if you just dot the crumble with bits of butter, as it usually tells you in a crumble recipe.
This recipe was originally created Sep 2, 2006 and last updated Apr 28, 2024

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