apple crumble

Crumbles, crisps and cobblers all occupy the same delicious space in my culinary brain. How can you go wrong with fruit wrapped in or covered by or baked with sweet crusts laced with rich butter and brown sugar? Pulled from a hot oven and covered with a scoop of vanilla ice cream …

… sweet mother of mercy.


  • 12 of your favorite kinds of apples, peeled, cored and given a rough chop
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup cold butter, cut into small pieces

Preheat oven to 350°. Place apples in a deep 8×8 baking dish and sprinkle with the sugar.

In a large bowl, toss the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves and butter. With a pastry cutter (or 2 knives if you’re like me and keep forgetting to buy a new pastry cutter since the last one broke) work the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture looks like crumbs.

Spread flour mixture over the apples and bake until golden, about 40-45 minutes.

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