Ben’s Apple Crumble

Ben and I first met learning to dance Salsa. We were both beginners, and had finally mustered up enough courage to learn how to dance properly.

We didn’t really get to know each other until I invited Ben and our other Salseros to my house for a party. Ben worked his way to my heart with his Apple Crumble.

I had never tasted Apple Crumble like that before! It had such a fantastic crust on it, and the apples in it were so delicious. This recipe is 100% Ben’s recipe, not his grandmother’s, not from a book, or the internet. It is a fantastic winter warmer too.

When Ben taught me how to make it, I was surprised by how not fussy it is. Ben is very intuitive about it, it’s not about X number of minutes, just watch it, and if it looks right, then move on to the next step.

Super easy, and super delicious. Always serve it hot, with a very nice ice cream, and fruits if you want to be fancy.

So I am sharing this recipe with you, as it plays a part is our love story. I hope you enjoy it.

Serves: 8 people/serving portions

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 45 minutes


9 granny smith apples, peeled, cut into quarters with the cores and stems removed

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 water

1 cup self raising flour

3/4 cup plain flour

1 cup brown sugar

150g cold butter, small dice

Cinnamon sugar for dusting


  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC.
  2. Grab a saute pan, place your prepared apples with the sugar and water. Cover the pan. Let this cook down, stirring every 5 minutes or so to ensure all apples are cooked evenly.  Don’t let the apples get too soft, they should be soft but still have structure.  Normally between 10 and 15 minutes of cooking is a good guide.
  3. Prepare your crumble. Place self raising flour, plain flour and brown sugar into a mixing bowl. Mix well, then add the small cubes of butter.  Work the butter into the flour mixture with your hands, you are aiming to get a crumbly texture.  If you work it too long or the butter gets too warm it will turn into a sort of cookie dough, it is hard to recover at this point but you will know for next time and it will be delicious anyway 🙂
  4. Place the apples (without the sugar syrup) into a baking dish, then cover the top with the crumble mixture.
  5. Place baking dish into the oven, and cook for about 30 minutes, or until the crumble crust turns dark brown here and there.
  6. Dust a bit of cinnamon sugar over the top of the crumble.
  7. Serve hot, with ice cream.
Assembled before the oven
Look at that bowl of delicious-ness

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