Apple Crumble | The Perfect Fall Dessert

Unfortunately, nowhere near my small town sells this regularly and the photo I saw was from a restaurant in upstate New York. So, I improvised with what ingredients I had around the house.

Pumpkin seeds instead of pecans.

Chia seeds to add a little extra crunch.

Lime juice instead of lemon juice.

Welllll, because that’s the available ingredients I had.

After what some may call “market research” I had a 7/7 perfect rating taste test among my husband and colleagues. So much so that I’m pretty sure this will be the desert I’m making and taking to family holidays this year!


  • 1 1/2 sticks butter melted(not margarine). Use leftover sticks to butter pan.
  • 1 C all purpose flour
  • 3/4 C raw pepitas
  • 3/4 C brown sugar (I didn’t pack mine down)
  • pinch of salt (I use course ground sea salt)
  • 4 large apples, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 c granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • juice of 1 lime
  • ice cream and/or whipped cream for serving (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Use leftover butter to grease deep baking dish. I used a deep pie dish.
  3. In medium bowl, mix together flour, pepitas, brown sugar, and salt. Stir in melted butter and mix with a fork until texture is course and of a crumble consistency.
  4. Add apples, sugar, cinnamon, and lime juice to baking dish and stir until evenly coated. Spread into an even layer then top with crumble mixture. Bake for 1 hour until topping is crispy brown and apples mixture is bubbling.

Just as a side note of what I didn’t do: I did not pack the crumble topping down on top of the apples. I let is loosely fall wherever and however. I really wanted the topping to be light and as crispy-crumbly as possible. I also did not peel my apples.

Keep in mind that as you top your apples with the crumble, you CAN modify to your preference! I discarded about 1/3 of my crumble mixture because I was afraid that the topping was getting way to thick. If you prefer a thinner topping, use less crumble prior to baking and vice versa.

My ratio of apples to topping was 2:1. Obviously you can changing this to your personal preference as I am someone who likes more apples than anything.

4 responses to “Apple Crumble | The Perfect Fall Dessert”

  1. Really simple and easy recipe that turns out so delicious. I added ginger and cinnamon to the crumble and apples and I thought this gave it a nice bit of extra flavour. This was brilliant! I used a mix of dark brown and caster sugar instead of golden and used apples, plums and blackberries! It was crunchy and delicious! I definitely will make this again. It was finished as soon as I put it on the table.


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