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Apple Crumble Recipe

Apple Crumble Recipe

While visiting friends in New Zealand, I watched this dessert being made. Back at home, I came up with my own version. It’s great with vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream. —Carol Simpkins, Santa Cruz, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling YIELD:9 servings


  • 8 sheets phyllo dough (14 inches x 9 inches)
  • Butter-flavored cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 medium tart apples, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup soft whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds


  • 1. Place phyllo dough on a work surface; cut in half. Spritz one sheet with butter-flavored spray. Repeat with remaining sheets of phyllo, placing each layer, sprayed side up, in a greased 8-in. square baking dish. (Keep remaining phyllo covered with plastic wrap and a damp towel to prevent it from drying out.)
  • 2. In a large bowl, combine the brown sugar, flour, ginger and cinnamon; add apples and toss to coat. Spoon over phyllo dough.
  • 3. In another large bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, bread crumbs, ginger and cinnamon; cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add almonds; sprinkle over apple mixture.
  • 4. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until filling is bubbly and topping is golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes before serving. Yield: 9 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 322 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 27mg cholesterol, 213mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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Cook_aholic User ID: 797539 257985
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2016

"I'm not sure what all of the fuss is here. I don't think it matters what spray you use as long as your dessert doesn't stick to the pan. I used plain old Pam because it's what I had. I'll admit the instructions are a little confusing. I took the 2nd half of the phyllo sheets and wrapped them in plastic and froze them for another dessert. My dish came out ok. Maybe not my familie's favorite but they ate all of it."

JoAnn-Bill User ID: 5898428 64137
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2011

"This is delicious but the directions were a little unclear. The butter-spray I used did not taste well. I guess I'll try another brand. My husband loved it!"

JoAnn-Bill User ID: 5898428 144984
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2011

"I loved the recipe but I wasn't sure about the directions. I wondered what brand of butter flavored spray was used? The brand I used did not taste good at all!"

cjhendershot User ID: 4662138 130380
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2011

"Just follow the recipe. Too many of you are making it tooooo complicated. You can hardly go wrong with dessert and coffee on a cool evening. Great recipe!"

skibunny2 User ID: 4985524 147371
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2010

"This recipe was fantastic and very easy to make. Wonderful served hot, topped with vanilla ice cream. Will definitely make this again and again everyone loved it."

marcoates User ID: 164090 79045
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2010

"The way the recipe reads you put all (16 pieces when the 8 sheets are cut in half) the phyllo dough in the 8 inch square baking dish after spraying the top of each with butter-flavored cooking spray. Then after putting the filling in you top it with the crumble topping and bake. This is the way it reads -- is this correct? It does not say to layer phyllo then apples, etc. I think more directions are needed for this."

Have Your Cake & Lose Weight too User ID: 5038628 131410
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2010

"1 out of every 14 people in our country have or are at risk of having diabetes. I have been a diabetic for over 35 years. I have to eat less than 6 carb servings in a day to stay off of insulin. I also have to limit my calories to 1600 a day to keep my weight down. One tiny 2 1/2 inch square is over 3 carb servings and over 300 calories. I make my apple strudel with 4 sheets of phylo dough and 1 teaspoon of sugar. I use 2 apples and a serving of dried cherries. This makes 3 large pieces including a whole fruit serving in each piece. I use similar spices and tastes great with much less sugar, fat, calories and more fiber. I wish I wasn't a diabetic, but I am. I will continue to search for and create my own recipes using the natural sweetness in fruits."

[email protected] User ID: 2541024 131409
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2010

"I think misunderstanding is the phyllo has to be covered until ready to use or it will dry out and crumble. Keep it covered to keep it moist until ready for next layer to be buttered and used."

kcbgrams User ID: 3691142 130378
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2010

"I don't understand the directions..its the way the phyllo dough is used..its to be cut in half, so you have 16 sheets?"

Chris Melcher User ID: 1016733 144983
Reviewed Sep. 20, 2010

"I have not made this yet, but I have questions on the directions. It says to cut dough in half and sray the tops and layer in the baking dish. Do I use all sixteen pieces (8 cut in half)? It says to cover remaining dough to keep it moist. What am I suppose to do with the with remaining dough if I used all 16 pieces in the pan? Maybe I am just not reading and understanding it correctly. Any imput would help. It sounds very good and easy."

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