Last autumn, I wrote a post about an apple crumble I made. It’s delicious, using whatever fresh apples you have on hand and a host of traditional fall spices to make a great hot dessert. You can read that post over here.
Well, sometimes, I buy apples out of season, and they end up a little bland. I don’t like letting food go to waste, so I decided to make a smaller dessert. This is another version of an apple crumble, made in individual serving sizes in my ramekins.
This dessert is an excellent way to use up a couple of apples you might have sitting around that aren’t quite the best for just plain eating anymore. Cooking them brings out the apple flavor, the apple crisp topping is always delicious, and they make a nice hot dessert.
My recipe below is sized for two servings, but you can easily cut it in half, or expand it for more. You might need to adjust the timing a little if you cook larger batches, but only by a few minutes.
This is a pretty basic recipe, with just cinnamon and nutmeg to spice it up. If you want, you can add a bit of ginger, allspice, clove, or even something like mace or cardamom to give it a twist. I cut the apples into larger chunks because that’s what I like, but if you cut them smaller, all you need to do is reduce the cooking time by a minute or so. Cooking is always a range anyways, so just judge it when it’s done.
Pro tip: Top the hot crumble with ice cream. A scoop of fresh vanilla or chocolate ice cream does wonders for the dessert, and I have trouble doing anything else these days.
Apple Crumble for Two
- 10 oz. Ramekins
- Apple Peeler/Corer
For the Apples
- 3 Small Apples Peeled and cored.
- 1½ Tbsp Lemon Juice
- 3 Tbsp Brown Sugar
- ½ Tsp Cinnamon
- ⅛ Tsp Nutmeg
- 1 Pinch Salt
For the Crumble Topping
- ⅓ Cup Oats
- ⅓ Cup Flour
- ¼ Cup Brown Sugar
- 1 Tsp Cinnamon
- ¼ Tsp Nutmeg
- ⅛ Tsp Salt
- 2 Tbsp Unsalted Butter Melted
Prepare the Apples
- Peel, core, and slice the apples into small pieces.
- Mix the apples with the lemon juice, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt, stirring to coat.
- Divide the apple mixture into your ramekins.
Prepare the Crumble Topping
- Preheat the oven to 350°F
- Mix the oats, flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt together.
- Add the brown sugar and melted butter. Stir and mix well. I use my hand to fully incorporate it when I'm nearly done.
- Pour the topping on top of the apples in the ramekins, divided evenly between the two.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes, until apples are tender and the topping is starting to brown.
- Let cool slightly before serving, and top with ice cream. Enjoy!
Hey, did you know that I’m always open to suggestions? It’s true! If you have something you want me to make — either a secret family recipe, or just a dessert you want to know how to make — just let me know in the comments! I love trying out new things, and I’m always up for experimenting with a new recipe.