Distractingly Delicious Homemade Apple Crumble

Do you remember that old commercial for Rice Krispies? You know the one. The Mom goes into the kitchen to make Rice Krispie Treats then they’re so easy she just sits around relaxing with a romance novel for a while then sprinkles flour in her face (not that you need flour to make Rice Krispie Treats) before emerging with the plate of treats, making it seem like quite an undertaking? Well, that’s what you can do when you make this crumble! But please don’t sprinkle flour unnecessarily because you just have to clean it up later when you could be reading that romance novel (I’ll have mine be a mystery novel please).

Little known fact about my crumble recipe is that while I was in labor with my son, I Tweeted about a batch of crumble topping I had made and handed out as a way to distract myself from the discomfort. You can see the portions below. I gave them to friends in re-usable plastic containers with nice sturdy plastic serving spoons to help them sprinkle it atop their fruit of choice. The spoons are from my porridge container and I save them for just such a reason (they’re dishwasher safe!). Don’t they look a little like baseball caps? I SO want to paint a tiny Oriole logo on the front of one but then it won’t be food safe.


Homemade Apple Crumble Topping

  • 1 cup quick cook Irish oats
  • 1 cup brown or raw sugar
  • 3/4 cup plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • Butter
  • Apples, chopped

1. Blend the ingredients together. Set aside in a cool, dry container until ready to use.

2. Toss the butter and chopped apples together then sprinkle crumble topping over it. Add a few bits of butter to the top.

3. Bake at 350F or 175C for 50 minutes. Serve with vanilla bean ice cream.


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