The Quickest Apple Crumble

Oh honey pie. Oh apple pie. Oh crack pie. Oh crap, I don’t have the time or patience to make pie. And by time I mostly mean patience because we’re all locked inside and having nothing but time. But you get what I mean, I wanted apple pie and I wanted it now without actually having to do much. Fine. I was having a millennial moment about apple pie.

But can’t you just taste it? Them soft, sweet, melt in your mouth apples. That calmingly intoxicating cinnamon-spice aroma. The flaky, crunchy, buttery crust. Welp. Yeah, that crust. That delightful damn crust that I definitely don’t feel like making right now. But guess what, you don’t need to. Like you can totally just make an apple crumble. Or an apple crisp. Or an apple whatever the hell you want to call it. Screw you delicate lattice covering. Screw you pie crust that requires what-feels-like-hours of forking together cold butter and flour. And why waste vodka in pie crust when you can just drink it? Win. Win. Win.



For the filling:

  • 3 apples, peeled and cut into slices or cubes or whatever
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp – 1 tsp cinnamon or spice mix
  • 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice

For the crumble:

  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup crushed digestive biscuits, graham crackers, oats, nuts, flour, or whatever
  • 60g butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon or spice mix



  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees celsius.
  2. Mix all the filling ingredients together in a bowl, and leave for 10 minutes so the apples get a little soft.
  3. Transfer to a baking dish, ensuring the apple pieces are in a single or double layer, not more.
  4. Mix all the crumble ingredients in a bowl, until it resembles wet sand, with a few lumps. Sprinkle over the apples.
  5. Bake for about 1 hour until golden brown, and the juices on the sides are slightly bubbling.
  6. Top with vanilla ice cream, and enjoy!

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