Apple crumble is a simple dessert recipe that yields beautiful results time after time. Sliced apples mixed with sugar and spices bake under a streusel topping that can be made traditional or gluten free. Don’t let the fall season pass you by without trying this family favorite dessert!
This recipe was originally posted on Amanda’s site, Recipes Worth Repeating, and I am sharing it here today to offer another option for apple recipes this fall. I just can’t get enough of apple desserts!
What is Apple Crumble?
A crumble is traditionally a baked fruit dessert with a streusel topping. Streusel is a crumb topping that may be made with flour, sugar, and butter. Here the gluten free streusel topping is made with almond flour, rice flour, sugar and butter.
You’ll be glad to know that this version of gluten free apple crumble tastes just like the traditional version so you can serve this to gluten-free and gluten-loving friends alike!
What’s the difference between an Apple Crumble and an Apple Crisp?
You might wonder what the difference is between a crumble and a crisp. Well, this is subjective. Many a cook has debated this question. The answer varies from house to house, state to state. The two desserts are quite similar. I like to think of a crumble as having a topping with a soft crumble streusel whereas a crisp often has an oat-based layer that browns (or crisps) as it bakes. Try my Easy Apple Crisp to see the difference.
What Ingredients do you need for Apple Crumble?
You’ll need apples of course! Try Granny Smith or Honeycrisp apples. If you bake with another variety, let me know your favorite in the comments below.
To make this gluten free apple crumble, you’ll also need the following:
- almond flour
- brown rice flour
- granulated sugar
- lemon juice
- brown sugar
- ground cinnamon
How do you make an apple crumble topping?
Let’s start with the topping where the end goal is to be able to press a small crumb of the mixture together and have it form a large, pea-sized crumb.
Place the almond flour, brown rice four, granulated sugar, salt and butter together in a large bowl.
Use your hands or a pastry cutter tool to blend the topping ingredients together. You should end up with a bowl of pea-sized crumbs.
Put this crumble topping in the freezer while you move on to the apple filling.
How do I make the apple filling for apple crumble?
Slice your apples– no need to bother peeling them– and toss them in lemon juice in a large bowl to prevent browning. Add the brown sugar, cornstarch, and cinnamon and toss to combine.
Assemble the Apple Crumble:
Place the apples in an 8 x 8 glass baking pan. Take the cold crumble topping and press it gently onto the apples.
Bake at 350 for 55-60 minutes. Crumbles are best served warm and (in my opinion) topped with vanilla ice cream.
Apple crumble is a simple dessert recipe that yields beautiful results time after time. Sliced apples mixed with sugar and spices bake under a streusel topping that can be made traditional or gluten free.
- 1 1/2 cups almond flour
- 1/2 cup brown rice flour
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 8 tbsp unsalted butter, cold and cut into cubes (1 stick)
- 4 apples Honeycrisp, Granny Smith, or Gala
- 2 tbsp lemon juice (one small lemon)
- 1/3 cup brown sugar packed tightly
- 1 tbsp cornstarch (gluten free)
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease an 8 x 8 glass baking dish with butter.
Combine the almond flour, brown rice flour, granulated sugar, and salt. Whisk gently to combine.
Use a pastry blender or your hands to mix the cold butter into the dry ingredients. Set the crumble aside in the freezer while you prepare the apple filling.
Slice the apples in half, remove the cores. Slice thinly. Toss the apples with the lemon juice in a bowl to prevent browning.
Add the brown sugar, cornstarch, and cinnamon to the apples. Gently stir.
Place the apple mixture in the prepared baking pan. Top with the cold crumble; press the crumble down with your fingers.
Bake for 55-60 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
Optional: serve with ice cream or whipped cream.
For gluten free: be sure that ALL ingredients are gluten free. This includes the cornstarch and cinnamon.
If you don’t require a gluten free diet, substitute 2 cups all purpose flour in place of the almond flour and brown rice flour
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