gluten-free apple crumble

Weekend recipe: gluten-free apple crumble

Nikki Parkinson Food and Wine, Life 18 Comments

We’ve been embracing all things winter around here … putting lamps on and lighting candles at 5pm … making and enjoying mulled wine … and cooking up hearty food.

Come the weekend, we’re also just as likely to embrace a winter dessert if we’re staying in. On this particular occasion, the fruit bowl was offering up an excess of apples.

I say, when life hands you an excess of apples, you make apple crumble. Yes? Or in this case, delegate crumble making to Mr SY.

This is a recipe for a non-fancy-schmancy, take-me-as-I-am apple crumble. You may like to get all fancy by adding in blueberries or rhubarb. I’m not adverse to that at all.

And you might not have cause to go gluten-free, in which case … as you were with regular ol’ flour.

Another reader suggestion when I popped this up on Instagram was to use a muesli as the crumble. I like this thinking and I think I could work my fave Brookfarm gluten-free porrij into it quite nicely.

We make this using our Thermomix, for speed and one-bowl washing-up minimalisation but I’ve included instructions for making it without.

gluten-free apple crumble

Gluten-free apple crumble
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A simple winter dessert that you can make the regular way or with a Thermomix
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4-6
  • 1kg apples, peeled, quartered and halved again
  • 2 tbs sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 cup of white wine or apple juice
  • 100g gluten-free flour
  • 60g butter
  • 50g sugar
  • pinch salt
  • Cinnamon powder
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Combine flour, butter, sugar, salt and cinnamon and blitz in a food processor or in a Thermomix (speed 6) until you get well-formed crumbles. Set aside.
  3. If using Thermomix, rinse out bowl before adding apples, sugar, cinnamon, lemon juice and white wine to bowl. Cook on 100 degrees, speed 1 for about six minutes.
  4. If using stove top, add same ingredients to a large saucepan, bring to boil and simmer until apples are tender but not too soft.
  5. Place apple mixture in bottom of medium heatproof casserole dish or lined baking dish.
  6. Add crumble mix to top and cook 15-20 minutes until crumble is browned.
  7. Serve with good quality vanilla bean ice-cream.

Do you like a crumble? What’s your fave winter dessert? 

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    That looks so beautifully comforting! And think of us in the colder Southern states when you light those candles 😉

    • LOL – I will – I imagine I’m lighting a fire. You’ll laugh as we’ll often light one outside in a brazier just to make it feel like winter!

  • It was called apple crisp in Maine where I grew up but whatever the name, that dish looks so appetising!

  • Mindy Roestenburg

    This looks delicious. The muesli sounds like a great idea too. My Mum would make her crumble with Brown sugar at my Dad’s request. It adds a slight caramel flavour which is so nice with the apple. My other winter comfort dessert is golden syrup steamed pudding. It brings back childhood memories.

  • Love apple crumble. I usually use a combination of oats and crushed cornflakes mixed with butter, sugar and cinnamon for the crumble. Delish!

  • Dianne

    Sounds good…. But I am wondering if I may be so bold to ask for your mulled wine recipe… Please.

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    Ooh yes I do thankyou very much ,love some apple crumble,Thanks Nikki for sharing.

  • Julie

    Mmmmm perfect for these very chilly nights we’re having here! Since the oven was on tonight I threw in some winter baked fruits, the kids gave (most of it) the thumbs up – we’ll have ours later. Happy weekend Nikki xx