Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Easy Apple Crumble (for Julie)

Meet one of my very best friends, Julie.

Yelp Holiday Party 2008 (yup, that's a balloon toilet)

We have lots in common. We both enjoy blatantly embarrassing ourselves and our friends, witty and very inappropriate sarcasm, and making fun of each other. These are things friendships are built on, right?

 Walking in San Luis Obispo, December 2008; Hiking in Marin, August 2008

We also both love to travel and take "couple" pictures.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia 2009

But you could also say we're very much opposites. She is tall. I am...well, quite short. Can you tell who's who in this one?

Central Park NY, March 2010

She prefers fruity desserts (gasp). I prefer chocolate (duh). It's hard to believe our friendship has endured this issue...I mean, you all know how I feel about chocolate

Julie was in town for a bit this past weekend and so naturally, I hosted a dinner party in dear Julifer's honor. On the menu was slow cooker BBQ chicken thighs, cheddar jalapeno cornbread (recipe to come!), spicy brussels sprouts, and this apple crumble for dessert. Baking a non-chocolate dessert felt so wrong...but tasted so right. I mean, can you really go wrong with this?

This one's for you, Jules.

Easy Apple Crumble 

bottom layer
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup flour
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg

4 apples, peeled and sliced thinly (ask your local grocer or farmer what type of apple would be best (ie, Golden Delicious or Pink Lady - avoid Fuji, Red Delicious, and Galas)
juice of 1 lemon

1 cup oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt

1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Start with the bottom layer ingredients. Pour the melted butter into the bottom of an 8 x 10 inch dish or a circular cake pan (note: you can use an 8 x 8 dish, but just expect some overflowin' to happen in the oven, like mine did). In a separate bowl, mix the remaining 6 ingredients and pour on top of the butter in the dish.

2) Peel and cut your apples. Squeeze the lemon juice all over them and mix. Place the apples on top of the mixture in the dish; no need to stir.

3) In a separate bowl, mix all the topping ingredients to form a clumpy buttery mixture. Sprinkle on top of the apples. Before you place in your oven, line a cookie sheet with foil and put the dish on top of that. If your dish overflows (because mine did), this will protect the drippings from burning in your oven.

4) Then, place in the oven for 35-45 minutes or until the top is browned. Let the crumble sit for at least 30 minutes, prior to serving. The crumble is messy and will need to be scooped out with a large spoon, in order to serve. 

Serve this warm and topped with vanilla ice cream. Enjoy on a rainy Sunday with good friends. Serves 6 to 8. 


  1. Julie here from my Pirate account. Thanks for the great post Laura! The apple crumble was RIDICULOUS. Charlie and I had the leftovers with greek yogurt and honey. It could also go well with marscapone.

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  3. What a sweet post! Happy to discover your blog ~ my BF loves apple pie but I'm looking for a twist, so will have to try your crumble instead! It looks truly delish. BTW, I'm in SF also :-)

    1. Yes! This crumble is less tedious than an apple pie, but equally (if not more!) delicious. Please let me know how it turns out!

  4. Yum! I will have to try this next time I get apple at farmer's market! Thanks for the great post.