Classic apple crumble

With a sprinkling of lemon zest

Classic apple crumble

Serves Serves 8
Time Cooks In50 minutes
DifficultyNot too tricky
Nutrition per serving Plus
  • Calories 233 12%
  • Fat 5.9g 8%
  • Saturates 3.4g 17%
  • Sugars 36.6g 41%
  • Salt 0g 0%
  • Protein 1.8g 4%
  • Carbs 46.1g 18%
  • Fibre 3.6g -
Of an adult's reference intake
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  • 1.5 kg mixed apples , (I like to use half Bramley)
  • 150 g golden caster sugar
  • 1 lemon
  • 50 g unsalted butter , (cold)
  • 100 g plain flour
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  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas 6.
  2. Peel and core the apples, then quarter and chop into 3cm chunks.
  3. Place in a saucepan on a medium heat with 100g of sugar and a few fine gratings of lemon zest.
  4. Pop the lid on and cook for 5 minutes, or until the apples have softened. Remove the heat and leave to cool a little.
  5. Meanwhile, cube the butter and place in a mixing bowl with the flour. Rub together with your fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs, then scrunch in the remaining sugar to add a little texture.
  6. Transfer the apples to a 25cm x 30cm baking dish and sprinkle over the crumble topping.
  7. Bake in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden and bubbling. Delicious served with vanilla custard.


– Ripe pears are fantastic in place of the apples. Simply peel, core and cut into chunks.
– If you don’t have a lemon to hand, use orange or lime zest instead.
– You could add rolled oats for a lovely golden topping. Check out my School Dinners recipe for some inspiration.

– Enjoy with custard, a dollop of low-fat Greek-style yoghurt, a scoop of ice cream, or 1 tablespoon of low-fat crème fraîche with a grating of lemon zest.