Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins

My grandmother's recipe that always has guests begging for thirds! It is easy to make and especially decadent if served with vanilla ice cream

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. For best results with this recipe, use apples that hold their shape when baking and aren't too tart.
  2. Do not use Macintosh apples (too soft) or Red Delicious (too bland).
  3. I prefer Cortlands or Empires.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees- if you have a convection oven, do NOT use the convection feature- the dessert will be dry and overcooked on top.
  5. Use the regular baking feature.
  6. This recipe isn't good for microwave use.
  7. Peel and core the apples, then cut them into eighths or into large cubes.
  8. Distribute the apples evenly into a medium-sized ungreased baking dish (I like the white Corning/Pyrex oval dishes) and sprinkle the white sugar and cinnamon over top.
  9. Distribute 1 tbsp of the margarine in dollops throughout the top of the apples (no need to try to stir it in).
  10. In a separate medium mixing bowl, combine the remaining margarine, the oats, brown sugar and flour using your hands or a pastry whisk until it forms a crumbly, dry-ish mixture.
  11. (Note: if you like lots of crumble topping, feel free to double the ingredient quantities for the toppping).
  12. Pour the mixture over top of the apples and spread it out evenly so that all the apples are covered and the edges and corners hidden.
  13. Pat the mixture down lightly so that it looks sort of like a crust.
  14. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the crumb top has darkened to a golden brown colour.
  15. Remove from the oven and let cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.
  16. Spoon out portions into large bowls and serve with ice cream, thick sweetened yoghurt or milk.
Most Helpful

I made this recipe as it was written - no substitutions. There was WAY too much sugar in it. Sickeningly sweet. The topping was heavy and more greasy than crunchy. There are many better recipes out there.

leefree2012 September 19, 2016

I made this for Thanksgiving using apples from a tree in my backyard (Alberta Red).<br/>I added 1/3 cup maple syrup to the apples and about a 1/4 cup of water. It was absolutely perfect!

anniefft October 15, 2013

I made this for the first time for my work for a BBQ lunch we did as a fundraiser. This was a huge hit. I added fresh cranberries (that I had frozen from Thanksgiving), I just sprinkled them in with the apples & mixed in before I put on the topping. This made for a very tasty addition. It's definitely a recipe I'll do again.

Anne V. April 09, 2012