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
- 6 -8 baking apples (I prefer Cortland)
- 1⁄2 cup white sugar
- 1⁄2 cup margarine
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 3⁄4 cup quick-cooking oatmeal or 3⁄4 cup rolled oats
- 3⁄4 cup brown sugar
- 3⁄4 cup white flour
- For best results with this recipe, use apples that hold their shape when baking and aren't too tart.
- Do not use Macintosh apples (too soft) or Red Delicious (too bland).
- I prefer Cortlands or Empires.
- 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.
- Use the regular baking feature.
- This recipe isn't good for microwave use.
- Peel and core the apples, then cut them into eighths or into large cubes.
- 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.
- Distribute 1 tbsp of the margarine in dollops throughout the top of the apples (no need to try to stir it in).
- 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.
- (Note: if you like lots of crumble topping, feel free to double the ingredient quantities for the toppping).
- 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.
- Pat the mixture down lightly so that it looks sort of like a crust.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the crumb top has darkened to a golden brown colour.
- Remove from the oven and let cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.
- Spoon out portions into large bowls and serve with ice cream, thick sweetened yoghurt or milk.
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.
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!
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.